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Grand County Higher Education

Grand County Higher Education Grand County, Colorado encompasses 1,870 square miles with 14,289 residents (2013 census data) and has a 3.8% unemployment rate.  The county is roughly 2/3rd the size of the state of Connecticut and is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Founded in 1996 as the Columbine Foundation, the name was changed to the Grand Foundation in 2001 which also marked...
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Leadership Doctrine

Leadership Doctrine As a leader you may be asking yourself- “I signed up for this?”  The answer is yes and many are glad you did.  As a superintendent or building principal you have the talent, desire and disposition to lead others.  You accepted this challenge and responsibility as a servant leader and your task will not be for the faint of heart.  You will need...
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Impactful Leaders Disrupt Status Quo

Impactful Leaders Disrupt Status Quo To be an impactful leader you must be a disruptor of status quo?  Should you be?  Izabel Lundberg published “The Disruptors of the New Age:  4 Things Global Leaders Do”.  The 4 things global school leaders should do: Support Employee Purpose.  If you are a principal do you connect your staff with the goals and purpose of your school?  This...
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Scrap Traditional Superintendent Evaluations

Posted on09 Feb 2017
Scrap Traditional Superintendent Evaluations I recently read Doug Reeves’ book From Leading to Succeeding  and he provided a very impactful yet fictitious example of a couple conducting a summative marriage evaluation.    In that scenario he depicts a couple at a restaurant celebrating their anniversary.  The story unfolds as the couple begins by conducting a summative marriage evaluation for the past year.  The approach is very clinical and is...
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3 Point Hitch and School Calendars

3 Point Hitch and School Calendars So what does a 3 point hitch and school calendars have in common?  In the year 2017, almost nothing.  A 3 point hitch is a connection between a farming tractor and an implement.  A school calendar is what should be designed around this simple principle:  if time is a constant, how we use it is the variable.  Most school...
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School Vouchers Will Not Fix Failing Schools

School Vouchers Will Not Fix Failing Schools School vouchers will not fix failing schools.  The issue is too complex and rooted in a multitude of social, cultural and economic disparities and educational neglect.  The appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education, in combination with the President’s purported intentions, must be the catalyst for public schools across this country to diametrically shift from status quo.  Broad based...
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