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Scott Taylor, Ed.D.
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Superintendent/Chief School Administrator of K-12 Highland Park Public Schools and adjunct faculty for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Served as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and Assistant Superintendent at all K-12 levels. Doctorate from Columbia University and B.A., Ed.M. from Rutgers University. Website: www.taylorleadership.net Serve on the Executive Board of Directors for the New Jersey School Development Council and the New Jersey Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Featured blogger for Edutopia and Education World- http://tinyurl.com/6ybv9un Contact: schoolsalive2@gmail.com Consultancy: schoolsalive.com
Superintendent/Chief School Administrator of K-12 Highland Park Public Schools and adjunct faculty for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Served as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and Assistant Superintendent at all K-12 levels. Doctorate from Columbia University and B.A., Ed.M. from Rutgers University. Website: www.taylorleadership.net Serve on the Executive Board of Directors for the New Jersey School Development Council and the New Jersey Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Featured blogger for Edutopia and Education World- http://tinyurl.com/6ybv9un Contact: schoolsalive2@gmail.com Consultancy: schoolsalive.com

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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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It Takes Courage to Stop Staying Angry
Educational leaders are emotional people just like everyone else. I’m happy when I see a teacher taking a risk with a playful lesson and having fun with her kids. I’m sad when a child comes to school tired, unfed, and unkempt because his parents were up arg...

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The Leader's "Trifecta" for Longevity
There's no shortage of articles about New England Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady heading into the 2015 Super Bowl. The New York Times Magazine's spread on his relationship with trainer Alex Guerrero ( click for the full article) shed interesting light on t...

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Humility has Been one of my Keys to Success
It was validating to learn that one of Dwight Eisenhower's key character traits was his perceived humility. Michael Korda, in his biography IKE: An American Hero  points out: It was part of Dwight Eisenhower's genius that he never wanted to appear 'to know ...

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I've been struggling to make sense of all the state and federal mandates thrown my district's way. I help lead a small system of three schools and 1,400 students so accountability is left to a small team of principals, supervisors, and central office admini...

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Be Neither Dreamer or Dictator: Influence Others to Believe in Your Vision
Thomas Jefferson, despite any of his faults, was considered in a recent biography by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham (Thomas Jefferson, The art of Power), a leader able to "articulate national aspirations yet master the mechanics of influence and ...
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