We overcome the wind


This piece absolutely took my breath away. ‘Waloyo Yamoni (We Overcome the Wind)’, the climactic finale to ‘The Drop That Contained the Sea’
The Music of Christopher Tin’ concert, Cadogan Hall, London, July 19, 2016.

Seasick every day

If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.

– Leonard Cohen

When I pronounce the word silence

When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.

When I pronounce the word Nothing,
I make something no non-being can hold.

This beautiful poem by Wisława Szymborska, Polish Nobel Prize winner (translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh)

FY24 education budget proposal

Reviewed this Joint Letter: FY24 Biden-Harris Budget Proposal with my students a couple months back; sharing it here for members of the community who have an interest in their school/district priorities and budget allocation.

Statewide data systems and State Assessment Grants play a critical role in identifying barriers to student learning, achievement, and equity. Simply put, we can’t fund what we can’t measure. 

Thank you to All4Ed; Center for American Progress; Education Reform Now; Learning Policy Institute; National Center for Learning Disabilities; Teach Plus; The Education Trust; SchoolHouse Connection; UnidosUS for addressing Data, Innovation, and Connectivity Programs.

Top 10 intentions for 2023

When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.

– Ernest Hemingway

I keep coming back to this over the years; one of my top 10 intentions for 2023

Strategic Data Use in Higher Education: Using Data to Improve Postsecondary Success

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) at Harvard University interviewed 40 leaders and analysts at 29 institutions of higher education and postsecondary organizations to understand why some colleges and university systems are excelling in using data and others have yet to fully realize the potential of their data to inform strategic decisions that transform student success in school and the workforce.

[Their] key finding is that the missing link is not in the technical infrastructure but in human capacity. If higher education is to take advantage of data analytics to improve student outcomes and increase organizational effectiveness, it will have to find better ways to attract, train, and retain strategic data professionals who can inform policy and practice.


A little piece of youth from my niece

Asked my niece about her favorite band and she showed me Stray Kids. This video brings back memories from the good old middle/high school years. Thanks Tiff & Skz