To Whom I Owe the Greatest Gratitude

I recently wrote “Tales of a Serial Entrepreneur (Part 5): How To Build a Safety Net When You’re Born with None.” In writing it, I realize that there are many organizations that are building safety nets for people like me, people who wouldn’t otherwise have any. This post is for them. Deerfield Elementary School, Vista Verde Middle…

I Grow Expertise in only Three Domains

Education Policy, Politics, Pedagogy, Entrepreneurship… You name it, I know it. Scalable Solutions More precisely, scalable solutions to systemic problems. Human Behavior Why people do what they do. As individuals, in families, as part of groups, in hierarchies, in society… at all levels. If you want to specialize, choose no more than three domains and say…

Validation for a Life Lived on Principle

“There are many ways to live your life. That’s maybe the most important thing to realize about your life, that every aspect of your life is a choice. But there are default choices. You can choose to sleepwalk through your life and accept the path that’s been laid out for you, you can choose to…

My Personal Mission Statement (v. 3)

My yearly ritual now is to post a revision of my personal mission statement. Each year I’m astounded by how much I’ve grown, and how much I have yet to grow. Last year, I said that the greatest developments in my life have been: a fulfillment of my ambition to become an entrepreneur a deeper…

My Quarter in Review: Fall 2015

I’m building the habit of reviewing my priorities, goals, roles, and performance once a month. To keep myself accountable, and to build in the open, I’ve decided to publish these monthly reviews.

My Personal Mission Statement (v.2)

This is the second time I’ve posted my personal mission statement. The first time I did not open the post to comments, but this second time I will. While my personal mission statement continues to be intensely personal, I am now at the place where I’m comfortable enough with it to be accepting of comments,…

To the First Students I Ever Taught

Dear KIPP Academy MS Class of 2018, First, I want to say that I am proud of you. I am proud of the incredible work that you’ve done throughout the years, your grit, your ganas, and most importantly, your growth as students, as sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, teammates and young adults. I recognize…

My Personal Mission Statement

Dear Readers, I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People the summer before my first year and second year teaching. Central to this book’s argument is that as people, we should lead principle centered lives, not outcomes centered lives, because principles are foundational to who we are and should be used to guide all other…