Inspirational quotes

Life flows when we put our attention on the larger patterns of which we are a part, just as the music soars when a performer distinguishes the notes whose impulse carries the music’s structure from those that are purely decorative.
Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, The Art of Possibility, 2000
Don’t ask a student what she wants to be when she grows up. Ask her what problem she wants to solve.
Jaime Casap, quoted by T. Vander Ark, 2017
The better questions we ask, the better the answers we get.
Legacy, by James Kerr, p. 16
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Rob Siltanen (as narrated by Steve Jobs in Apple’s “Think Different” ad campaign)
If a student can easily “Google” the answer, the question isn’t very challenging.
Eric Sheninger, Disruptive Thinking, 2021
It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.
Claude Bernard
The thicker the [strategic] plan, the less likely students are learning.
Douglas Reeves, The Learning Leader, 2006
Everything that is measurable is not important, and everything that is important is not measurable.
William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology, 1963
Schools are an essential vehicle for the expression of faith-based values and beliefs. Schools facilitate the practical delivery, acquisition, and application of knowledge through the lens of faith-based values and beliefs. Faith-based schools aren’t just creating the best engineer, they are creating the best engineer that applies that knowledge through the lens of faith-based values and beliefs. If faith-based schools cease to exist, faith as we know it will cease to exist.
Brad Geise
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Socrates
Grasping the structure of a subject is understanding it in a way that permits many other things to be related to it meaningfully.
Jerome Bruner, The Process of Education, 1977
Practices, not programs, have the greatest impact on change.
Douglas Reeves, 100-Day Leaders, 2019
Invest in people and practices, not products and programs.
Douglas Reeves, EducationWeek Webinar, 2021
The core issue for leadership is can I improve instruction.
Douglas Reeves, EducationWeek Webinar, 2021
In high performing domains . . . people have the same maps, the same common language.
Bede Brosnahan
Never adopt a technique by its usual name . . . call it something different so that you have to think it through for yourself and work it out on your own terms.
Henry Mintzberg, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, 1994