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september 2010 et earcos triannual magazine east asia regional council of overseas schools the magellan sutera sutera harbour sabah malaysia don t miss the 42nd earcos leadership conference 2010 october 30 november 2 2010 sutera harbour hotel kota kinabalu sabah malaysia featured article learning from lincoln leadership practices for school success by harvey alvy

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the earcos triannual the earcos triannual is a magazine published by earcos east asia regional council of overseas schools a nonprofit 501c3 incorporated in the state of delaware usa with a regional office in manila philippines membership in earcos is open to elementary and secondary schools in east asia which offer an educational program using english as the primary language of instruction and to other organizations institutions and individuals objectives and purposes to promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the activities of member schools to broaden the dimensions of education of all schools involved in the council in the interest of a total program of education to advance the professional growth and welfare of individuals belonging to the educational staff of member schools to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all associated schools to cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as this council earcos board president vice president secretary treasurer director at large director at large director at large director at large director at large office of overseas schools reo tim carr sean o maonaigh deidre fischer david toze tom farrell anne fowles tom hawkins brent mutsch ben norton connie buford ex officio letter from the executive director dear colleagues i wish everyone the very best for the 2010-11 school year and a big welcome to our 20 new heads of schools the earcos region continues to grow with 115 member schools over 83,000 students and over 9,000 full and part-time teachers and administrators as we grow we are committed to providing as much professional development and support as possible to help the educators in our region the earcos annual principals and teachers salary survey data has been entered and will be sent to the participating schools in late august thanks to edzel drilo robert viray and ver castro from the earcos office who gathered the information and to the business manager committee of curt larson of concordia international school steve panta of taipei american school and monica vallor of chinese international school who reviewed data and made minimal adjustments to last year s survey the earcos administrators conference is scheduled for the sutera harbour resort from october 31 to november 3 2010 in kota kinabalu sabah malaysia please make your reservations early and if you have any questions call or write to our office we have an excellent group of presenters and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters yong zhao author of catching up or leading the way charlotte danielson on the framework for learning and allan odden expert on teacher compensation please review the earcos-sponsored events on the last page of this newsletter it is a full year of activities and we have increased our weekend workshops to 40 thanks to all the schools who will host and with whom we will work to bring the best professional development opportunities to our membership these schools represent large medium and small schools great effort i look forward to seeing many of you in kota kinabalu and i wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year we are here to help you remember earcos offers personal growth and professional collaboration dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org earcos strategic plan update all the efforts undertaken by earcos to effectively serve its membership have their roots in the earcos strategic plan adopted by the board in 2006 many of the services that earcos offers its members existed prior to adoption of the plan and were included in the document the strategic plan however challenges us to continually look to improve our services and to incorporate new technologies in the area of communication collaboration and professional development in keeping with the elements of the strategic plan the following have been implemented this year · five $1000 action research grants will be awarded in april for research to be conducted in 2010-11 these grants will be awarded yearly · four ning sites were created to facilitate communication among teachers and other educational professionals currently there are ning sites for science teachers admissions officers school counselors and psychologists and art teachers · a list of expert practitioners within the earcos region has been compiled and placed on the website these practitioners have been recommended by their head of school and are available to conduct earcos weekend workshops · earcos has responded to the professional development needs of subject area teachers and specialists by embedding strands or institutes within the annual teachers conference these strands/institutes offer teachers opportunities for in-depth professional development earcos staff executive director assistant director richard krajczar bill oldread vitz baltero elaine repatacodo ver castro robert sonny viray edzel drilo east asia regional council of overseas schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-49-511-5993/5994 fax 63-49-511-4694 website www.earcos.org

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in this issue 2 4 7 8 42nd annual leadership conference 2010 welcome new heads welcome new principals earcos action research grant list of global citizenship award 2009-2010 10 edthought poem learning from lincoln leadership practices for school success 12 where is that child 14 15 curriculum initiatives a two-year journey of 74 educators robotics at taipei american school 16 17 campus development green sustainable scis launches two new early childhood centers every day is earth day at united world college south east asia s tampines campus 18 19 20 international school bangkok s cultural center just another big beautiful building education for sustainable development adopting the compass model­ a framework to guide school vision foster trust and institutionalize sustainable change 24 25 book review teen 2.0 saving our children and families from the torment of adolescence me and rolly maloo 26 27 community service press release community service at international school eastern seaboard bali international school building the future 28 29 30 30 earcos principal receives national distinguished principals award professor francois barre-sinoussi at new international school thailand taipei american school hosts middle school model united national conference louise weber retires 31 32 34 36 food for thought what is hope ­ rubin alves on the road with dr k approved weekend workshops 2010-2011 9th earcos teachers conference 2011 back cover art design by dinah salem of international school manila we want to acknowledge authorship of the article on green sustainable that appeared in may 2010 issue to adrian palmer of bangkok patana school -1-

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we are proud to announce the 42nd annual leadership conference 2010 october 30 november 2 2010 sutera harbour hotel kota kinabalu sabah malaysia north borneo welcome the east asia regional council of overseas schools is excited to invite you and your administrative staff as delegates at the 42nd annual earcos leadership conference elc2010 in kota kinabalu sabah malaysia scheduled for october 30 through november 2 2010 we have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters our keynoters are yong zhao charlotte danielson and allan odden please navigate through our website to view the list of speakers and their presentation topics along with titles and descriptions this will be updated weekly to maintain the most current information about the presentations please use the menu bar above and side bar for additional information on the conference we think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie conference cost and inclusion this year s conference fee will remain as it has been at $360 however delegates may take advantage of an `early bird discount price of $340 by registering and sending payment prior to september 1 2010 registrations submitted after september 15 will be at $380 the fee for attending a preconference session is an additional $65.00 conference fees are inclusive of all coffee breaks lunches and social functions theme and keynoters the theme of this year s earcos leadership conference is a place called school in 2030 our keynote speakers yong zhao allan odden and charlotte danielson as well as our lineup of special presenters will offer provocative glimpses of the future of education as well as practical ideas for the present the venue sutera harbour resort is a 384-acre fully-integrated property development on the coastline of kota kinabalu city centre in sabah malaysia comprised of two 5-star hotels a 27-hole graham marsh designed golf course a 104-berth marina and an exclusive golf and country club with extensive recreational facilities the resort enjoys the panoramic backdrop of the south china sea and the tropical islands of the tunku abdul rahman marine park there are 956 immaculately furnished and contemporary designed guest suites with magnificent views of either the sea the gardens or the golf course 14 restaurants and bars two grand ballrooms 22 meeting rooms and a 100-seat auditorium making sutera harbour resort the perfect venue for meetings incentives conventions and weddings.

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keynote speakers dr yong zhao is university distinguished professor at the college of education michigan state university where he also serves as the founding director of the center for teaching and technology executive director of the confucius institute as well as the us-china center for research on educational excellence he is a fellow of the international academy for education his research interests include computer gaming and education diffusion of innovations teacher adoption of technology computer-assisted language learning and globalization and education zhao has extensive international experiences he has consulted with government and educational agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries on six continents his current work focuses on designing 21st century schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution allan odden is professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at the university of wisconsin-madison co-director of the consortium for policy research in education cpre and co-director of strategic management of human capital smhc in public education a cpre project cpre is a consortium of the university of wisconsin-madison pennsylvania harvard michigan northwestern teachers college-columbia and stanford universities he formerly was a professor of education policy and administration at the university of southern california 1984-1993 dr odden is an international expert on the strategic management of human capital in education teacher compensation education finance resource allocation and use resource reallocation school-based management and educational policy implementation his most recent book is ten strategies for doubling student performance and he is finishing a book on strategic talent management in education charlotte danielson is a former economist and an educational consultant based in princeton new jersey she has taught at all levels from kindergarten through college and has worked as an administrator a curriculum director and a staff developer in her consulting work ms danielson has specialized in aspects of teacher quality and evaluation curriculum planning performance assessment and professional development in addition to working as a teacher and administrator she has served as a consultant to hundreds of districts universities intermediate agencies and state departments of education in virtually every state and in many other countries this work has ranged from the training of practitioners in aspects of instruction and assessment the design of instruments and procedures for teacher evaluation to keynote presentations at major conferences ms danielson is the author of a number of books supporting teachers and administrators preconferences harvey alvy faye brownlie carrie levenson mike miller case john joseph bill kentta josh reckord jennifer sparrow karen moreau patty butz marilyn george wasc school board preconference marc frankel leadership through partnership ltp business managers preconference sarah daignault marc levinson nboa special presenters harvey alvy bill ochan powell instructional leadership special needs emotional intelligence leadership bill kentta josh reckord organizational development faye brownlie assessment supervision for learning sarah daignault marc levinson governance charlotte danielson framework for learning marc frankel leadership through partnership for heads board chairs only bruce hammond reimagining high school without standardizing testing john joseph brain compatible education allan odden strategies for improving student performance teacher compensation chris roose emergency operational planning robyn treyvaud digital citizenship policy yong zhao global digital competence

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welcome new heads welcome new heads access international academy ningbo mark bretherton director mark bretherton has moved from the posiiton of head of school at beijing city international school to access international academy ningbo mark will again be head of school at aian american pacific international school ross hall headmaster ross hall has taken on the position of headmaster at american pacific international school apis chiang mai prior to this appointment ross was deputy ceo/head of secondary at international school dhaka where he had been for five years ross is joined by his wife fiona who will take on the role of elementary principal and director of marketing/admissions both ross and fiona are looking forward to once again working in the boarding school environment on the beautiful campus at apis they both have previous experience in boarding schools including the kings school sydney australia ross completed a master s degree comparing the academic outcomes of boarders and day students so is well equipped for his current role american school in japan edwin ladd headmaster prior to coming to asij ed ladd was director of the american school of doha in qatar he has worked overseas in international schools for the past 25 years with leadership positions at the american school of taipei the walworth barbour american international school in israel and the american school in london in 2009 ed was named international director of the year by aaie ed earned a degree in english at the university of north carolina in chapel hill and later completed his graduate work in english and education for a mat degree outside of school ed is a avid golfer and photographer as well as a lover of books especially fiction his wife of 25 years carol works in the elementary library they have an english cocker spaniel johara and three cats tiger gray and peanut aoba-japan international school neal dilk head of school neal is originally from kenora ontario canada but has lived and worked in japan for the past 12 years prior to his role as head of school neal worked at aoba-japan international school as the director of curriculum and as the middle school principal neal lives in western tokyo with his wife and one-year old daughter hong kong international school d.j condon interim head of school david d.j condon first came to asia in 1982 to study chinese philosophy and literature at the chinese university of hong kong after stints in florida public schools and then an international school in the netherlands he returned to asia in 1998 to work at taipei american school where he held a variety of positions over eight years time he went on to become the secondary school principal at the international school yangon myanmar before becoming the associate head of school for education at hong kong international school currently he is the acting head of school at hkis a regular presenter at earcos admin conferences he is currently working on finishing his dissertation for an ed.d in educational policy and administration at the university of minnesota international school of beijing tarek razik director tarek is the new head of the international school of beijing isb effective july 2010 having taught and been an administrator at schools in five countries dr razik was high school principal at shanghai american school and a school director in st john us virgin islands and thailand recently he served as the secretary general for the international schools association of thailand isat dr razik holds a doctoral degree in educational administration and a master s degree in multicultural education he has taught courses for suny buffalo on leadership and educational research methodology and written extensively on school board leadership and accountability he will be joined in beijing by his wife marisol and two sons shelton and keaton -4-

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welcome new heads jakarta international school timothy carr head of school tim carr takes over as head of jakarta international school after seven successful years as headmaster at the american school in japan tim and his wife have also spent time at schools in the u.s sri lanka tanzania brazil and costa rica in addition to his duties at jakarta tim has served as the president of the earcos board of directors for the past three years international school yangon timothy travers director tim has been married to ann travers for the past 33 years and has three grown children currently tim is the director of international school yangon in myanmar and has served in this posting since 2009 he will serve in this capacity for the 2010-2011 school year as well prior to this posting tim was secondary principal and then director of the international school of myanmar also located in yangon myanmar ann teaches 4th grade at isy tim is retired from the missouri public retirement system after having worked there for most of his career as a principal the travers family return to their family home in missouri each summer to be with family and friends tim and ann are looking forward to their new posting at the american international school of lagos for the 20112012 school year but will very much miss their lives and their friends in yangon after spending the past seven years in myanmar ruamrudee international school apisit kritsaralam c ss r head of school fr apisit kritsaralam c.ss.r is the head of school for ruamrudee international school ris he has an m.a in religious education from fordham university a m.ed in school counseling from loyola university chicago and an advanced certificate in educational management at catholic university leuven belgium fr apisit began at ris in 1995 as a middle school counselor he was then headmaster from 1996 to 2007 he spent several years as superior to the redemptorists in thailand followed by a sabbatical at the graduate theological union in berkeley ca returning to ris in 2010 as director shanghai american school kerry jacobson superintendent kerry jacobson is the new superintendent of shanghai american school he was previously superintendent of schools in both wisconsin and minnesota in the united states having begun his educational career as a math teacher dr jacobson will be accompanied by his wife mona they have six grown children and two grandchildren thai-chinese international school charles knisley director dr knisley has a bachelors degree in special education from ohio university and a masters degree in special education from xavier university in cincinnati ohio he initially received his special dducation ddministrator k-12 principal and superintendent administrative certificates from providence college in providence rhode island and he has a doctoral degree from the university of vermont dr knisley was a school principal at the american international school of jeddah beginning in 2007 after this unique and wonderful international experience was completed in 2009 dr knisley became the director/academic head for the thai-chinese international school in bangkok thailand he currently works and resides in thailand with his wife patricia tianjin international school jeff culp head principal jeff has worked in education for 16 years he holds a masters in education from george fox university and a bachelors in biochemistry from portland state university jeff served as the middle school principal at tianjin international school in 2009-2010 before coming to tis jeff led the secondary division of wuhan yangtze international school in wuhan china jeff is passionate about science education integrated thematic instruction and community outreach he has been active with washington science teachers association wsta the partnership for reform of instruction of secondary science and mathematics prissm coalition of essential schools ces and upward bound jeff is married with two teenage daughters and a three-year-old son adopted in china -5-

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welcome new heads vientiane international school greg smith director after five enjoyable years as principal of upper elementary at the international school of beijing greg is extremely pleased to be taking the position of director at vientiane international school he is joined by his wife morven who is also a teacher their two children have now graduated and are continuing their education in the us and australia greg s past experiences included school development roles and district director as well as headships in western australia and curriculum director at i.s beijing he is happy to remain in earcos and looks forward to working with his mrisa colleagues and the great staff in vis xiamen international school paul raschke headmaster dr raschke has been appointed headmaster at xiamen international school in xiamen china and is returning to the earcos region after eleven years working in the nesa region paul s long career in international education began in 1981 as an english teacher at colegio nueva granada in bogota colombia in 1986 he moved to tokyo taking the position of ib english/tok teacher at st mary s international school after eight years as a classroom teacher paul became st mary s curriculum coordinator during his tenure as curriculum coordinator he became active in bringing professional development opportunities to teachers in japan by affiliating with ascd after 14 years in tokyo paul moved on to the american cooperative school in tunis as assistant director then to qatar academy in doha qatar as secondary principal his last posting was high school principal at the american community school at beirut yokohama international school james macdonald headmaster james moves into the position of head of school after serving four years as deputy headmaster at yokohama international school besides working in japan james has also taught in singapore and canada james is canadian originally from alberta and is married with three children all of whom will be attending the yokohama international school yongsan international school joe beeson headmaster dr beeson comes to yiss after serving as director for the international community school singapore for the past seven years under his leadership the school grew to nearly 400 students serving 25 nationalities prior to serving in singapore he worked full-time with dayton christian schools inc he has served as a college professor a director of curriculum and instruction a school principal both elementary and secondary and as a consultant for the ohio department of education he has also worked with the carnegie foundation for the advancement of teaching dr beeson will be coming to seoul with his wife becky they have been married 37 years and have two married sons and five grandchildren who live in the u.s prem tinsulanonda international school maxine driscoll american school taichung hillcrest international school hong kong academy korea international school mont kiara international school redeemer international school thailand andrew corcoran director dan mueller director steven dare director steve cathers director walter morris head of school fr sukhum thanasingha head of school -6-

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welcome new principals welcome new principals school access international academy ningbo american pacific international school bandung international school canadian international school of hong kong cebu international school chiang mai international school concordia international school shanghai fukuoka international school gyeonggi suwon international school hong kong academy hong kong international school international school bangkok international school of beijing international school of phnom penh international school of the sacred heart international school singapore international school suva international school yangon jakarta international school korea international school nagoya international school osaka international school prem tinsulanonda international school qsi international school of shekou ruamrudee international school saint maur international school shanghai american school singapore american school suzhou singapore international school taejon christian international school tianjin international school tohoku international school united world college of south east asia vientiane international school yongsan international school of seoul hs principal tim allen ms principal tim allen es principal tim allen fiona hall mary collins dylan hughes ann frew barbara burleigh krista nagy katherine phillips mr douglas musco joy okazaki tiffeney brown mr douglas musco paul passamonte margaret griffiths mere fong jim gerhard christophe d henry richard nies matthew parr leanne stephen jim gerhard stephen j clark matthew parr leanne stephen stephen mcilroy brian garner trent citrano tim stuart mr nick little mr mark pleasant nicholas schirmer kim green struan robertson dal sohi tracy france-george ellen cerminara julia alden janet tauva bill martin-muth cecilia rawlins trent citrano antonia l boush debra lane marian graham mr michael arcidiacono mr mark treichel mark wickersham lisa hewitt kim green catherine erpen dan lazor earcos action research grant list of teachers selected to receive action research grants for 2010-11 name brendan riley st mary s international school of tokyo topic can sign language enhance learning the periodic table of elements name ericson perez brent international school manila topic can improving student social skills reduce student perceptions of isolation name kenny peavy international school of kuala lumpur topic can community service program positively influence students attitude toward the environment name misael joel vera brent international school baguio topic can social networking sites effectively enhance student learning name bairbre ni oisin st michael s international school topic improved communication in the esol classroom -7-

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list of global citizenship awardees 2009-2010 global citizen certificate plaque and leather organizer ready to to send to fedex by ver castro membership coordinator and bill oldread earcos assistant director this award is presented to a student who embraces the qualities of a global citizen this student is a proud representative of his/her nation while respectful of the diversity of other nations has an open mind is well informed aware and empathetic concerned and caring for others encouraging a sense of community and strongly committed to engagement and action to make the world a better place finally this student is able to interact and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life while having a sense of collective responsibility for all who inhabit the globe school access int l academy ningbo american int l school hong kong american int l school of guangzhou american school in japan bali int l school bandung int l school bangkok patana school beijing biss int l school brent int l school baguio brent int l school manila canadian academy canadian int l school of hong kong cebu int l school chinese int l school hong kong christian academy in japan concordia int l school shanghai dominican int l school taipei faith academy manila fukuoka int l school gyeonggi suwon int l school hangzhou int l school hong kong int l school int l christian school of hong kong int l school bangkok int l school manila int l school of beijing int l school of kuala lumpur int l school of kuantan int l school of tianjin int l school singapore int l school ho chi minh city jakarta int l school korea int l school kunming int l academy lanna int l school thailand marist brothers int l school mont kiara int l school nagoya int l school name mads szklany oggar minn anna cai ayaka doyle nagi matsuoka christy sutanto lamtharn hanoi hantrakul monique brown noelle marie f sanidad benjamin m jance iv thadaphong oat sitalasai solomon leung sang pil raul hwang hannah short jonathan love yang yang eve lee soo wan choi lucy francesca habel eunjin park michelle hao ariane turley hyun dong david woo annirudh balachandran michelle ferreol stephanie zhan nathaniel kaili tan john reniel f geronimo ha yeon lee jakeb daniel stunz peeraporn mitrchaiyanant giulia corsi beatrice park louisa guo narat hansirichai soo min cho ji won han terri kim school name northbridge int l school cambodia yu ting sky qing osaka int l school nur zawanah zabidi qingdao mti int l school kee wook lee qsi int l school of shekou laura edwards ruamrudee int l school siddharth saravat saigon south int l school kyu ree kang seisen int l school buyan pan seoul foreign school andrew strege seoul int l school christy kim shanghai american school pudong campus faline min lin shanghai american school puxi campus hae ju kang shanghai comm int l school-hongqiao campus mimi y-wen hung shanghai comm int l school-pudong campus lisa chase shekou int l school chui hoi ting angel singapore american school ava k mehta saint maur int l school nisha almoula surabaya int l school maria chiara lucatello taejon christian int l school yongjoo joanne kim taipei american school jennifer chiang thai-chinese int l school che-hsu ÒsamÓ chang tianjin int l school na young gloria shin united nations int l school of hanoi viet hoa vu united world college of south east asia krisztina pjeczka vientiane int l school alan meckdala-reece western academy of beijing charlotte landwehr wuhan yangtze int l school joshua mittler xiamen int l school soojung crystal wang yokohama int l school julie kinoshita yongsan int l school of seoul joanne lee -8-

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edthought learning from lincoln leadership practices for school success the following article is based on the book learning from lincoln leadership practices for school success by harvey alvy and pam robbins is published in ed thought with permission granted by ascd harvey alvy will be a presenter at the earcos leadership conference 2010 learning from lincoln co-authored by harvey alvy and pam robbins ascd 2010 examines ten leadership qualities and practices exemplified by the life and work of abraham lincoln the book seeks to answer the following question what can educational leaders learn from an in-depth study of lincoln s leadership experiences to achieve success in today s schools a unique and inviting characteristic of the book relates to the three-part division of each chapter each chapter begins based on the historical record with lincoln s leadership actions and profound words then moves to the present to draw practical implications for school leaders and ends with engaging activities to help leaders achieve success today and tomorrow the convergence of the three parts in each chapter collectively serves as a beacon to guide one s leadership work the book s 10 key chapters reflect the qualities and skills that constitute lincoln s effectiveness 1 implementing and sustaining a mission and vision with focused and profound clarity 2 communicating ideas effectively with precise and straightforward language 3 building a diverse and competent team to successfully address the mission 4 engendering trust loyalty and respect through humility humor and personal example 5 leading and serving with emotional intelligence and empathy 6 exercising situational competence and responding appropriately to implement effective change 7 rising beyond personal and professional trials through tenacity persistence resilience and courage 8 exercising purposeful visibility 9 demonstrating personal growth and enhanced competence as a lifetime learner willing to reflect on and expand ideas 10 believing that hope can become a reality the following book excerpts are from chapter 7 rising beyond personal and professional trials through tenacity persistence resilience and courage the test of leadership comes when difficult decisions need to be made that will profoundly change the ethos of a school a business or a nation sometimes those decisions are so dramatic affecting habits values and core beliefs that forces within the culture refuse to budge and in fact threaten the source of the change in the most extreme cases some leaders like anwar sadat and yitzhak rabin have been assassinated because they challenged the norms and values of their communities heifetz linsky 2004 p 34 heifetz and linsky use the phrase leadership on the line to refer to the vulnerable positions of leaders when they make courageous decisions to reach worthy goals that will in addition cause significant cultural discomfort courage during the storm dogged tenacity school leaders on every level must make difficult decisions that will change the culture again lincoln s example is relevant the resistance and criticism that he received for the difficult decisions made throughout the civil war were overwhelming but he persisted winik 2001 accurately states lincoln pressed on [despite the failure of several generals weathering his own mistakes and equally weathering the brittle highs and deepening lows of the war if he can best be described during this period it is with two words dogged tenacity dogged tenacity it is a simple explanation for greatness but in lincoln s case also probably quite true p 245 president lincoln had to find a reservoir of strength to handle the unrelenting critics and to maintain his vision of the union and emancipation during the civil war school leaders can learn much from his experiences just consider the criticism he heard and read as indicated in these examples · a first-rate second rate man [with no mind whatsoever · he has no stiffness in him · a rather slow intellect he has no experience of men and events and no knowledge of the past · the president is an idiot the original gorilla a well meaning baboon -10-

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· a third-rate country lawyer who once split rails and now splits the union edthought strength from experience in lincoln s case the ability to face and rise to a challenge came from the personal narrative of his life lincoln knew the story of his past and recognized that he could shape the story of his future lincoln knew that he lacked the formal education to compete with the privileged self-education was his only option lincoln had the patience and tenacity to teach himself to learn the craft of the surveyor to learn the law to work on his oratorical skills and to improve his writing skills having only one year of formal schooling would not stop him from enjoying shakespeare byron or robert burns he would become a lifelong learner those who encountered lincoln would learn that although he may not have had the benefits of a privileged education he should not be taken for granted an illinois law associate leonard swett cautioned any man who took lincoln for a simple-minded man would very soon wake up with his back in a ditch donald 1995 p 149 even before embarking on a legal career lincoln decided at age 23 to run for the illinois legislature from the district that included new salem he lost this early contest but impressed the local folks enough to receive 277 of 300 votes in the new salem area he may have lacked formal education and privilege but his character impressed those who knew him best when running for the legislature his campaign message on march 9 1832 closed with the following words every man is said to have his peculiar ambition whether it be true or not i can say for one that i have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men by rendering myself worthy of their esteem how far i shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed i am young and unknown to many of you i was born and have ever remained in the most humble walks of life i have no wealthy or popular relations to recommend me basler 1953-1955 vol i pp 5-9 emphasis added right from the start lincoln always accepted his origins but he hoped to someday be truly esteemed to be respected to earn that respect it was necessary to render myself worthy so the ambition was there supported by a core value do not reward me unless i earn it interestingly his new salem campaign message was telling voters that his personal story was still unfolding how far i shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed two years later a positive development occurred he won the first of four successive victories for the state legislature lincoln s life and work implications for school leaders school leaders are never exempt from challenges their decisions small and large will most likely always be questioned particularly if they are new to an organization and many times the leader experiences self doubt do i have the skills to see this issue through so what are some inner resources that school leaders need to stay the course for guidance through struggles like these it is helpful for school leaders to create a personal narrative in which the leader states proactively what is most important what cannot be sacrificed ever this kind of exercise can provide an anchor of clarity when the sea of uncertainty seems murky and threatens a vision to get started leaders might reflect upon and respond in writing to questions such as the following · what inspired you to become a school leader · how do you define your role as leader · what core values and beliefs guide your actions · how do people in your organization learn about your character your integrity · what is your vision or leadership philosophy · what do you believe inspires the best in staff · how do you provide feedback to others · how do you prefer to receive feedback · when conflict arises how do you behave · what do you stand for be specific what evidence would you provide about this · what are your strengths and weaknesses knowing oneself with crystalline charity gives a leader a firm foundation when faced with negative feedback such as criticism it provides a platform from which to operate a reference point references basler r ed 1953-1955 the collected works of abraham lincoln vol i-ix new brunswick nj rutgers university press donald d 1995 lincoln new york simon and schuster paperback heifetz r linsky m 2004 april when leadership spells danger educational leadership 617 33-37 winik j 2001 april 1865 new york harper perennial -11-

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poem where is that child where is that child where did he go where is she is she lost where is that child is she just a number now a part of the statistics suicide is the third leading cause of death of persons aged between 15 and 24 or maybe she s in a reluctant chase after the numbers being whipped by parents peers progress reports blindly chasing after the carrot that says `4.0 or `2400 which read to her `acceptance and `self-esteem but really they are just a bunch of gilded digits that are engraved onto our panting hearts like a scarlet a like cows being branded before the slaughter children are measured by numbers is she there now is she on a blind chase after numbers where is that child is he crying one dollar please just one dollar on the crowded streets filled with throngs of cold passer-bys begging and begging to be fed to be clothed to be loved his emaciated fingers and outstretched arms wanting the warmth of a dinner and a mother but his naked bruised feet are chained by poverty and apathy and cannot reach human compassion and mercy is the child roaming the streets selling anything and everything even his body dignity and spirituality is he there now where is that child is she sitting in a crowded room dim of light and hope dipping nike soles into hot glue with her bare hands not knowing a better life left in the fetters of modern slavery and exploitation is she sitting in a workshop with thousands like her all working and working and toiling and toiling poem by joanne lee yongsan international school of seoul earcos global citizen awardee until all her youth and dreams and soul become tired to the bones and drop like withered flowers working like a dog in a sweatshop just so that kids on the other side of the globe can have nice shoes t-shirts and baseball gloves is she there right now where is that child does he have a gun and a knife in his hands recruited to be trained to shoot to stab to destroy to kill to mutilate is he a soldier before he is a man with weapons of destruction in his clumsy childish fingers ordered to squeeze the trigger and make a hole in another child s heart and make a hole in his own heart and soul is he there under the sweltering sun marching and marching with grenades in his fragile hands just a pawn in someone else s game an expendable commodity instead of an immortal soul is he there now where is that child where did he go where is she is she lost where is that child where have we left that child where have you left that child we neglected her abandoned him we let them stand against the world in all their fragility and left them to face the cliff all on their own we let them fall and fall and fall into dark chasms of misery abuses and neglect we have lost thousands and thousands of them unprotected uneducated un-loved unhelped so i ask you again where is that child he is waiting for your hand -12 photographed by edzel drilo

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