Teacher Evaluation & Race to the Top

Congratulations to the State of Colorado for becoming a finalist for Race to the Top Funds from the U.S. Dept. of Education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the State for passing SB 191, which ties teacher tenure to student achievement.   But the bill was controversial because it provides almost no funding for reforming

Closing a Failing School

Philips Elementary School has been a prominent part of the Park Hill neighborhood of NE Denver, commanding one corner of the busy intersection of Monaco Parkway and Montview Blvd.  The news that Philips was closing was a surprise, but the seeds of failure were sown many years ago. My son attended Philips in the mid-1980's.

Negotiations, PR, Parenting and Governing

I was fascinated to hear the role parenting and communications skills played in Nancy Pelosi’s successful drive to win over most House Democrats on the critical health care vote. The House Speaker ramped up interpersonal communications by holding many targeted meetings with subgroups, including the conservative Blue Dog Democrats, liberal Dems, anti-abortion and pro-choice caucuses.