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  • Letter of the Week: Growth

    Posted May 30, 2014


    One of the stories my dad loved telling me during my childhood occurred when he was 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. “It was the strangest thing. I was walking across the parking lot after school, something I had done hundreds of times. Nothing seemed different. All I know is that as I walked forward with my left foot in front, and then raised my right foot to take another step, something profound happened in the time it took my right foot to lift from the rear position and land in the lead position. By the time my right foot touched ground my life had changed. In that instant I found a new (and better) direction in my life.”

    He loved telling this story in the context of simply learning to do the work necessary each and every day, and to not look for any generous reward or profound change. He believed that sometimes change would come in a single, transformative moment, such as the one he had experienced, and in other instances consistent effort would achieve its own results in time. In many ways his story is one of the reasons I’ve been involved in education and schools for my entire professional life...

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