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 February  2003     Volume 3 Issue  2.2      To inform, instruct, inspire, and initiate open communication between parents, business, and education.


Serious Leadership...Serious Instructional Leadership and Serious Learning!




                                               's all that!   9 Fun Things To Do In Developing Your Leadership


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  Eddie, Eddie


From the

big dog of

soulful leadership and

executive suavity.


"Humble thyself upon advancement.

Even a blind
 hog can find an acorn in a pig pen if he roots around long enough."



  U.S. Centennial of Flight Logo




Robert Sylwester, Ed.D. 

Steven W. Simpson, Ph.D.

Ed. Net Briefs


Scott Airitam

Leadership Systems 





Ethics 4 Everyone by Eric Harvey and Scott Airitam

Joseph A. Kinney, M.P.A

Safe Spaces, Inc.


Reed Martin, J.D.

Special Education Law


David Boulton



Tom Peters!


Business Cafe Online


Empower America


Ivy Sea, Inc.


The CEO Refresher


Roberta Croll

Outreach Specialist

Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange

Fulbright Exchanges




North Carolina

Principal Fellow's Program

Tom Terez

Meaningful Workplace

Awesome Library

George Lucas 

Educational Foundation

NC's Virtual High School:

CCS Web Academy

Do Something
Ed Trust

An Internet of the Sandhills Website


Adopt a Shar-Pei from 

DC Shar-Pei



Robert Hague

"There is a romance to steel, all that flame and shiny metal.

 If only the reality met it.

Truth is it's dirty, noisy and leaves one bone tired."


Eve 1 - Robert Hague


Adam - Robert Hague


Tempest - Robert Hague


The Gallery of 

Jamie Walters


Meeting 101: Was that a good meeting, or a bad one?


Creating An Inner Desire  

  Mastery tip: Wishful thinking in action
  The Eight Rules of Management
The seven worst communication habits

One Woman, One Educator, One Heart, One Country



"Your quality of life is what you make it."  by Gladys Edmunds



Harris Interactive:   Educators top TRUST!


Scientists, Doctors, Teachers and Military Officers Top the List of Most Prestigious Occupations



Children of the Code by David Boulton and Implicity

An upcoming PBS documentary series that explores the invention of the 'codes' that "became so contagious and powerful that today they affect virtually every human being on the planet."


Teaching Students How To Learn by Ernest Barny, MBA

When we begin sharing the "learning process" with our students, it is truly at that moment that we enlighten them. Hats off to Mr. Barny for this one!


The ten "little ways" of great leadership  from Ivy Sea Online!


The Ivy Sea Online Content Archive and PDF Library

What makes an effective, inspiring leader? Most sources cite several characteristics: integrity, vision, interpersonal excellence, courage, compassion and motivation among them. There is no greater time for Leadership in Education. Ivy Sea Online Content Archive and PDF Library may be exactly what you need if you want to:

Change-Management and Communication Essentials
Ethics & Integrity in Your Organization
Interpersonal Skills for Everyone's Toolbox
Inspired-Leadership Essentials
"Master Your Mindset" Fundamentals
Planning Tips Series
Essentials for Small-Group Leaders
Inspired-Visioning Tips Series

How may Ivy Sea help you, your school, and school district improve its vision and leadership skills?

Ivy Sea Online  Leadership&Communication Center




The Risk of Taking a Stand
Engaged Listening and Inquiry
To Win, Avoid Losing
Is Your Organization Driven by Dynamic Leaders?
Past/Future Orientation Environment: An Assessment
Leadership - Today's Requirements and Tomorrow's Challenges
How to Introduce a Speaker
Intuition: The Art of Fast, Effective Decision-making
(Management and Leadership archives...)



Make Your Kids Smarter: 50 Top Tips for Grades K to 8!   

 by Erika V. Shearin Karres


When our children struggle with school, we are often unsure of what we
can do. Now help has arrived--with the tips and advice to help you--"Make
Your Kids Smarter: 50 Top Tips for Grades K to 8!" (Andrews McMeel
Publishing, $9.95, 2002). This book contains drills, skills, and terrific
quick tips to enhance children's learning.
Devoted parents and teachers will use this handy how-to guide to give
their kids the advantage that will make all the difference. This is a very
powerful must-have manual for everyone who believes their kids deserve the very best.

 Other great books by Dr. Karres

 Violence Proof Your Kids Now:

 How to Recognize the 8 Warning Signs and What to Do about Them

 German Tale: A Girl Surviving Hitler's Legacy


 Law Update:  Considering Suspension up to Ten School Days   Reed Martin, J.D.

 Future@Work   For students about to enter the workplace - this is one book you don't

 want them to miss!     


The Quality of Life for Women Principals: A Study 

by Julie Lynne Vandiver, Ed.D.  This excellent study examines how the work requirements of the principalship affect the quality of life for women principals. And yes, it's a tough job.


Chapter 1 Introduction   “The victory is not just hanging on to what you already have against all onslaughts, but that you do something different, and better." 


Chapter 2 Literature Review   "Your quest as a leader is a journey to find the treasure of your true self, and then to return home to give your gift to help transform the kingdom…The quest itself is replete with dangers and pitfalls, but it offers great rewards..."   


Chapter 3 Presentation and Analysis of Finding Take one day at a time. Don’t give up. Find strong mentors. Network with others. Don’t take yourself too serious and save time for yourself. Be aware of your strengths and areas for development. Learn as much as possible. Keep a balance in your life and keep a sense of humor. 


Case Stories of Principals 







The Best Advice   The following is a list of the best advice some of the principals gave to other women aspiring to positions of educational administration.


more to come!



Fulbright Administrator Exchange -  Argentina


Special Uruguay Initiative for Administrators


The Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange is pleased to announce two
new administrative exchange opportunities in the Czech Republic and the
Slovak Republic. Exchanges are still available in Estonia and Finland.


Flavorful Dialogue, Passionate Meetings  Meetings come and go, but the best linger long after the conference room has emptied, the lights are turned off, and the door is shut.

    The CEO Refresher          

   Everything I Ever Learned About Teaming 



Create a vision, be respectful, be open to learning, be forgiving, care about your team, care about your team mates...


Unconscious Emotions, Conscious Feelings, and Curricular Challenges                    by Robert Sylwester, Ed.D.

Although it may irritate the teacher, one of the most intelligent questions a student can ask is "Why do we have to do this?" 


Monthly Column by Robert Sylwester, Ed.D. 

Connecting Brain Processes to School Policies and Practices



Is our national soul any better a year later?  William J. Bennett
I fear that if we don't take on the difficult task of distilling the moral significance of the overwhelming experiences of the past year, we will lose the moral clarity and focus that was forced on us a year ago. Most critically, we must help our children gain a deeper understanding of good and evil as a result of this national ordeal.


Testing, Standards, and Accountability   In education, the times are turbulent and an adjustment of priorities is the priority. Our Pilot Performance series explores a metaphor for business leadership based on techniques in aviation and the performance of pilots. It also explores a metaphor for leadership, accountability, and instructional expertise in education. 


Pilot Performance:

In The Crunch!   Clearer skies will emerge as every child has the reading, math, and technology skills necessary to successfully navigate their future.


The Flight Environment   'Up draft' - the attitude required to move to higher altitudes - is best described as the energy engaged in creating a climate and environment of involvement and support for higher standards, performance, and expectations.


Unlearning   A greater dependency on reliable and relevant data and information is of utmost importance, especially during these times of uncertainty and change in education. Unlearning is the key. Perception is not reality.


Overlearning   In this article we examine ‘overlearning’ and how educators can achieve a level of ‘mastery’ where ‘the successful outcome of any maneuver is never in doubt.' 


Situational Awareness   As flying tests the capability of humans to accurately perceive reality and therefore respond effectively, the teaching processes should no less accurately interpret the learning progress of students and equally seek to provide an effective instructional response.



Chief Learning Officer   The principal as Chief Learning Officer and 'leader of leaders' is the wave of educational leadership for high-performing schools. It requires new thinking, new beliefs, and new practices, and places a diminishing value on hierarchical and bureaucratic practices as currently exists in many schools today.


Formative Leadership Tip of the Month:

Become an instructional leader!  The principal as Chief Learning Officer must stay abreast of current instructional thought and practices. High-performing principals understand current teaching models, strategies, and best practices, as they relate to student learning and achievement. To the CLO, instruction is priority #1!


The Innovator


We found that men of the very highest standing in the profession of science and invention had attempted to solve the problem (of flight) .... But one by one, they had been compelled to confess themselves beaten and had discontinued their efforts. In studying their failures, we found many points of interest to us.   -- Wilbur Wright


The Change Agent


To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.  --Winston Churchill


   The price of greatness is responsibility. --W. Churchill


The CEO Refresher's Best in Class for Leadership in Education goes to . . . Edu-Leadership! Thank you, Rick!


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