Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Promoting a Culture of Service

One of the most intense, and least understood of our efforts at ISK relates to what we do when not with students.  Our Teachers and Assistants, as learning professionals, work tirelessly when not with students to both reflect on how learning is going and to work on how the teaching and learning process can continue…
Friday, November 16, 2018

Hoover and Paying Forward

For those who have been following the news and events that we post on the Website and Facebook, you will have seen that we were among the sponsors for the Hoover Table fundraising efforts to send 30 students from public schools in Kraków to study in a Summer Program in the U.S.  In the original…
Monday, October 15, 2018

Empowered together …

I've missed writing.   Last year, as I dove headfirst into working to understand the International School of Krakow, come to terms with the GDPR, adjust to life in Europe, and work with the staff, Board, students, and community stakeholders on establishing our "Strategic Plan 2023." I put writing my Blog on hold.  Now, it seems,…
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Not Just Cute and 30 Million Words

I just read a very interesting article on the “Not JustCute” website, a website dedicated to whole child education in the early years.  The article was about how we speak to our children and how it can make a big difference in their long-term success.  I was shocked to learn that, on average, the children of professional parents hear…
Friday, June 16, 2017

Gratitude

I know it isn’t Thanksgiving, but it is my last Notidirectiva so I thought it would be good to focus on gratitude.   I have been expressing my gratitude a lot over the past few months as I thank people for everything from their daily support to small moments to huge efforts to my 50th Birthday celebration…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This is your Brain on Exercise

Thursday afternoon while walking up to the buses to say goodbye to the students for the day I stopped to talk to a couple of our elementary students.  They were heading home to start their homework.  I asked them what they did before starting. I asked them because our bodies have this thing called a…
Friday, February 17, 2017

Real Skills and Kindergarten (Grade 0)

I recently read an article by Seth Godin, who is a business guru and Human Resource expert.  He was writing about what, in the business world, are called “soft skills.”  When we think of someone in their job, we generally first think of the vocational skills – the hard skills – that are needed.  Doctors need medical skills; Engineers…
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy, Messy, Trying Harder, New Year!

As we enter the New Year, there is a lot being written about what to expect from 2017, and the uncertainties that it will hold. Given my own personal and professional changes that are coming, and those that are inevitable in the transition for Granadino, I can only begin to try to guess what this…
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Google, Harvard, and Sesame Street

When I was a Middle School Principal I found all of the rules and expectations to be a bit overwhelming for my students.  So, rather than get hung up on teaching them about Article 13 paragraph 1 of the Manual de Convivencia, I reinforced two basic expectations with my students continually:  “Be smart. Be nice.” When a…
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Checklist Childhood

I like days like today when I get the chance to sit quietly over lunch and read.  I work my way through a lot of information this way, and find myself making some interesting connections.  Today, among articles for light and darkness in architecture and a 3D printed steel bicycle, I also watched a TED Talk by…

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