Gifts and Gratitude

Reinhold Marxhausen was a creative colleague who taught at Concordia University in Nebraska. For example, he would take his art students to the city dump on the last class session before the Thanksgiving break, because the dump contained the remnants of all the things that had brought joy to the community that year the cans…

Only 179 Days To Go

I was rummaging through old files recently, and I ran across the manuscript of my first published article, “Only 179 Days to Go”. It appeared in the September 1961 back-to-school issue of The Instructor Magazine, a major journal for elementary educators. I recall being very thrilled at the publication – and at the $7 they…

Building a Bridge for Excellence Between the Community and the Schools

Duval County, Florida School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Wise has only been on the job for 10 months, but already he is making a big impact on the 165 schools, 130,000 students and 14,000 employees in his district. Taking the lessons he learned from his last position as Superintendent of the Christina School District in Wilmington,…