What a Hurricane Taught Me about Listening and Leadership

Thirty-five years ago, the news director at WJLA-TV in Washington, DC told me I was headed to Virginia with one of our most-seasoned reporters, Jim Clarke, to cover Hurricane Gloria. He was an amazing reporter and a great teacher. He died in 2009. Here's a brief blurb from the Washington Post. Jim Clarke, an Emmy … Continue reading What a Hurricane Taught Me about Listening and Leadership

How Might We Encourage Black Students to Study Science?

On February 12, 1900, five hundred school children in Jacksonville, Florida performed what would become known as the Black National Anthem, one of my favorite songs to sing in church. Lift every voice and singTill earth and heaven ring,Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;Lift Every Voice and Sing, James Weldon Johnson Ever since the murder … Continue reading How Might We Encourage Black Students to Study Science?

Did Gov. Cuomo Ask the Right Question?

At his Tuesday news conference, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo seemed to channel his former, late father-in-law Robert F. Kennedy. One of Robert Kennedy’s beloved quotes reads:  And Governor Cuomo asked a “why not” question when he posited this idea about the future of post-pandemic education. "The old model of everybody goes and sits in … Continue reading Did Gov. Cuomo Ask the Right Question?

Why Is Remote Learning a Challenge?

Twenty-five days ago, where I live, remote learning began as a two-week prospect. Planning for ten days of instruction essentially involved packets of work to keep kids treading academic water until schools reopened. We're beyond that now; and the evolution of remote learning has been inspiring and frustrating for everyone. As someone aptly wrote, most … Continue reading Why Is Remote Learning a Challenge?