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Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I've always taught the power

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I've always taught the power of relationships- what Margaret Wheatley calls "critical connections." I really appreciate the concrete ways that you've described to help leaders build those connections. Two more that I'd add, one simple- be interested in the people around you- and one complex- be aware of the ways that your own biases change the ways you see your students, their families and the people who live in your community. That "cabinet" should look and sound like the people you serve.

Again- great post. Thanks so much!

Superintendent- Kenilworth Schools; Adjunct- Rutgers University

It really is about the kids!

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It's about the kids! Get to know names and faces by relieving teachers for one hour twice a week to spend quality time with children. Older students should be part of the district "Leadership Team" so they can have a stake in the decision-making process. The little ones will get excited when they run into you outside school. The older ones will pretend not to be excited even though they're actually pleased to see you.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Great post

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Thanks for this post Scott. It became clear to me that your suggestions apply to all types of leaders, not just ones in education. Time and time again, if the leaders aren't connected and understand who they're representing, their visions not only aren't supported, they often don't represent the clear needs of the environment.

I actually posted your blog on Edutopia's Facebook page ( and one point that our audience brought up that I thought was really important was around students. Do you have any suggestions/ best practices you can share around how you get students involved?

Thanks again,

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