Rethinking School Closures

Today, our communications team sent out the following letter to the Jeffco community regarding school closures. I’d welcome your feedback and thoughts. August 25, 2017 Dear Jeffco Students, Families, Staff, and Community, In my brief tenure as Superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools, I have worked to get up to speed on a number of pressing […]

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400 Conversations

On May 24th, I published my Entry Plan for Jeffco on this blog and on July 3, I officially began as Superintendent. I took advantage of the flexible time people had in the summer to have conversations all over Jeffco about our community’s strengths, aspirations, and points of pride. I also heard about our concerns, […]

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How to Change 5,000 Schools

At the recent Board retreat, I asked the Board to review an excerpt from Ben Levin’s excellent work, How to Change 5,000 Schools (2008).  The lessons in it are profound, at least for me. Posted below is the excerpt from the book with some key points. In Jeffco, we don’t have to change 5,000 schools […]

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Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Statement on Charlottesville

The following message was distributed to Jeffco Public Schools staff, families, and community today, regarding the recent violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. As this is a community concern, I’d welcome any feedback or critique of the message I sent. Dear Jeffco Community, Families, Students, and Staff, The events in Charlottesville, VA and what they mean […]

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“The ties that bind us…”

“The ties that bind us are stronger than the occasional stresses that separate us.” – General Colin Powell. Last week, I was the speaker at the regular meeting of the Jeffco Republican Men’s Club. Thanks to organizer Fred Holden for helping coordinate my attendance and the warm welcome I received at the meeting. Rather than […]

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