Change Week introduction

Change. It's inevitable. It happens whether we want

it to or not. But sometimes we embrace it with open arms and sometimes it drags

us kicking and screaming...


Many have commented that schools look much like they did 100 years ago.

Countless edubloggers have expressed frustration about those 'educators that

won't change' or, worse, 'get in the way of those who do want change.' But most

folks don't ground their concerns in any kind of actionable framework or mental

model about how change occurs (or doesn't).

So this week I'm going to write about change. I'm a school leadership

professor. We talk a lot about change. How to facilitate good change. How to

avoid bad change. How to think about change.

Those of you who are longtime readers know that I like to try and keep it

fairly practical. So don't expect any long-winded academic treatises from me on

school change and reform. Instead, each day this week I'll share a change

framework, a quote, a diagram, and a suggested reading. All are resources that

I've found interesting and useful as I think about facilitating positive change

in K-12 schools. Hopefully you'll find them helpful as well. Finally, there's a poll on the left that I hope will interest many of you.

On with the show.

Why the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner won’t feature a comedian in 2019

It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.

(Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)
Culture & Religion
  • The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
  • The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
  • Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
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A new study says alcohol changes how the brain creates memories

A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.

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Mind & Brain
  • A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
  • This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
  • The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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