May 7th newsletter

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May 7th newsletter

Here is the link to this week’s newsletter.  The top 5:

  1. In the Leadership section, the first article about giving students a sense of purpose is a perfect example of how charter and public schools are stealing best practices from Catholic schools. It’s become so common we don’t stop to recognize.  Giving students a purpose?  I think we (Catholic schools) should articulate this practice a little better.
  2. The next two articles from the Harvard Business Review deal with conflict: “When an Argument Gets Heated” and “Difficult Conversations.” Since this is the time of year when conflicts erupt (and we often lack the patience to deal with them professionally), perhaps you can draw some wisdom from these short, insightful articles.
  3. The next article from Tom Vander Ark analyzes and discusses different types of school systems. In Catholic schools we often criticize “centralized” systems and laud the “site-based” systems.  This article provides context for this solidarity/subsidiarity dichotomy.
  4. In the Teaching/Learning section, I present a link to the “MyEdExpert” site. It’s one of those “teachers share plans & resources” sites.  It looks promising but I don’t know enough to endorse it.
  5. In the Miscellaneous section, I really liked the first article about the “Gospel of Prosperity” and the health care overhaul. It’s important to recognize the pervasiveness of this philosophy and that this is not the teaching of the Church.