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The Habits of Engagement

Isolation is death; Integration is Life. “I’m so alone.” My friend startled me with his answer to my question: As the principal of a large high school, what is your biggest challenge? Several months earlier, I heard the same answer…
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Reflections on Flying One Million Miles

With a nod to Julius Caesar and his famous crossing of the Rubicon River in 49 bc, I believe I just crossed my own Rubicon as well. Fortunately, my crossing won’t start a war. With my last travels of this summer, I surpassed the one-million…
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Culture Does Not Fall From the Sky

There is no question that we are at a crossroads in education around the world. There is the potential to positively reshape and reaffirm the basic tenets of education such that all students benefit from it. Successful schools, both academically…
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What Families Think and What Students Learn

An interesting study crossed my desk this week. A study done by a graduate student seeking an educational specialist degree was comparing parent involvement to math achievement. Nothing particularly new or spectacular in that question, but I…
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No one Quit: Ten Things I Learned

It was just about now, only thirty-eight years ago, when I walked into my first interview for my first teaching job. A very small school district in upstate New York, and by very small I mean about 600 students, was searching for a music teacher,…
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Bees and Flies

I am a fly. There are a number different directions this blog can go with that pronouncement. Anyone who knows me, or who has read In Search of Excellence, or who has taken my graduate class in Executive Organizational Leadership, will…
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The Power of Full Engagement

My work in engagement is expanding. Later this summer, or early fall, our website (drsteveconstantino.com) will be releasing new ideas, programs and information that advance our work to include the general attributes of engaged organizations.…