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Purpose and Principles

I’ve always been a big proponent of focusing on a strong school culture.  After reading a blog post by Simon Moran about two years ago and other articles and resources on the value of a strong culture based on shared values, such as this one from Harvard Business Review (HBR), we decided it was time […]

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  As a school owner writing a blog, it’s tempting to want to write only about what’s going well.  A little similar to wanting to show your best face on Facebook.  We all have times when we make mistakes and the result of one of those mistakes for us was to have to close a […]

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What are the qualities of an effective teacher?  How do both they and we know what success looks like, both in the classroom and at the school in general?  We’ve developed Key Result Areas (KRAs) to help answer these questions.  As it states in the introduction to our Teacher KRAs:   “The purposes of these […]

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  Coming from America, my impression of attorneys is that they are expensive.  I never thought about consulting one in regards to our school because of the imagined costs.  This meant spending lots of time asking questions of other owners, trying to find answers online, and essentially bumbling around trying to find advice and answers. […]

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  I’m in communication with a number of other school owners on Facebook and they often ask how we do things here at MY.  One question I was recently asked is how we keep track of teacher hours, especially how we confirm that teachers are spending their out-of-class time on lesson prep and not “wasting” […]

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  We are developing our own software for operating and automating our schools, after not finding anything on the market that really fit our needs.  One question that has come up, however, is how much we should automate.   I believe the most important factor that will set successful schools apart in the near future […]

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Tim Ferriss recently interviewed Jim Colins on his podcast, with one of the themes being trust.  Please listen from the 1:08:00 time stamp here (https://overcast.fm/+Kebtp5slg/1:08:00) until the 1:16:30 point, about 8-1/2 minutes.   Colins’s stance is that we should start from trust.  Yes, we will get burned sometimes, but the benefits of starting from trust […]

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I have to admit that I am a school owner first and foremost because I was unhappy with the restrictions on teaching I encountered in my other teaching situations.  I wanted to teach the way that I felt was most effective and create a school with that same emphasis on education.   Even now, I […]

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One of my staff members recently sent me a link to this podcast (length 4:45) with the message that it “reminded me of you and your ownership of MY.”  The podcast is mainly about the story of a construction contractor who gets more from his workers because he treats them well.  I don’t always succeed […]

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  What are your thought processes for making decisions? How do you view risk and probabilities of success? Are you able to separate a good or bad outcome from solid or weak decision making? If you are successful, is it a result of luck or skill? What is within your control and what isn’t? How […]

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