Dec 3rd Newsletter

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Dec 3rd Newsletter

Here is the link to the newsletter.  My top 5:

  1. In the “Catholic News” section, I encourage you to read the editorial, the news story, and another article on San Domenico School in California. The decision by the school to become independent and end its Catholic affiliation is controversial and should cause us all to consider the Catholic identity of our schools.
  2. In the Leadership section, the first article entitled “How to Let Go” is an important reminder for all of us as our work piles up, our energy levels wane, and family commitments demand our attention.
  3. The second article was perhaps the best article I read last week. “How to Get Honest Feedback” is full of great tips for leaders to ascertain the pulse of our teams.
  4. In the “Teaching & Learning” section, the article on “6 Strategies for Dealing With Difficult Students” is full of great tips on how to implement classroom strategies. By this point in the year, all teachers have at least one student who stretches patience.
  5. In the Miscellany section, the article entitled “The State of Being Stuck” is very thought-provoking. Most of us are uncomfortable with gray areas and with difficult questions that don’t provide easy answers.  For instance, “How do grow our Catholic schools?” is the kind of difficult question that scares many people.  The articles extols the virtues of sticking with those questions in order to seek answers.