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Scott Taylor, Ed.D.
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Superintendent/Adjunct Professor
Superintendent/Adjunct Professor

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Middle Schooler for a Day- Lessons Learned Walking in the Shoes of a Sixth Grader
What's it like to be a middle-schooler? There is no better way than to spend a day in the shoes of such an adolescent, which is what I did last week. From social studies to science to math to lunch to Spanish I went. Here is what I learned! 1. It's hard to ...
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Cash in the Security Guards and Invest in What will Really Prevent School Violence
A lot of kids are coming to school angry, and I’m convinced this is the source of much of the violence we’re witnessing. Children seem disconnected to their school community, and now is the time for educators to recommit efforts to fostering a culture that ...
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It's Okay to let Your Opinion Develop
Hard as it may be for many of us to accept, it's a reality that some opinions take time to change. We shouldn't' let insecurity creep in when we alter course and make a decision that wasn't ours to begin with. Abraham Lincoln showed the world that a momento...
It's Okay to let Your Opinion Develop
It's Okay to let Your Opinion Develop
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The graduation speech that brought parents to tears (message to the Class of 2017). Be happy. And a key to happiness is not being so serious. Most of us are way
too serious. Just loosen up a little and don’t worry about what
somebody else has to say or thin...
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Where and how you Meet With People Matters
Educational leaders have their share of meetings with support staff, teachers, and peer leaders. Where these meetings occur can set the tone for the discussion. Failures and successes when leading meetings have led me to realize the following: 1. Post obser...
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Getting Past Those who Would Subvert- Focus on the Idea, not the Man
Leaders who mean well have nevertheless been forced to confront those who work against them for reasons of jealousy, spite, or zealous ambition. It's a difficult reality leaders must face- Some people just hope a leader will fail for the sake of failing. Ab...
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Social Emotional Learning is not Just Something you Hope Sticks on the Wall
One of my greatest flaws as an educational leader was my compulsion to promote new initiatives without considering how they would be institutionalized in the school and sustained over time. I helped my faculty "throw" wonderful ideas on the "wall" but didn'...
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Embrace the Valleys
I take to this quote from Michael Signer's work on James Madison (2015) whenever I hit the rough patch in my educational leadership work: “Public life is a journey through peaks and valleys. All public leaders find their apotheosis at one time or another; v...
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Speak Like Miles and Coltrane
I've been speaking in front of large crowds of all kinds of people (students, faculty, parents, peer-leaders, members of communities and others) for 18 years and to this day I cannot bring myself to script a speech. I don't memorize my "lines" either (one o...
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Test Performance Does not an Educational Leader Make!
It's too easy to measure an educational leader’s success by looking myopically at students’ performance on test scores. It seems like policymakers and education laypeople take the easy way out when they look to what they believe is the most concrete measure...
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