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Re: “Register Calls for Closing, Chartering, Mandating Choice for East Nashville schools

Aggressive and thoughtful overview of an intentional strategy ... an encouraged and generally supportive. This is just the beginning of what obviously will be a number of aggressive actions that I look forward to hearing more about. I hope this Board (with encouragement from City Hall) allots Director Register the time and support, particularly the resources, to get this plan grounded. Looking forward to hearing more details ... especially about what will be different than we are currently doing. Will be watching, in particular, that whatever we do includes the admirable initiatives we recently committed ourselves to (social emotional learning, after school engagement, Passages). Hurrah!! ... Avi Poster

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Posted by Avi Poster on 09/10/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Renata Soto, the driving force behind Casa Azafrán, helps Nashville’s diverse communities converge

Mazel Tov to Renata, and her broad circle of community partners and colleagues, for making Nashville an inclusive and thriving city. Nashville glows because of her and so many others that share her vision. ... Avi Poster

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Posted by Avi Poster on 11/27/2013 at 8:38 PM

Re: “As Metro schools tries to shed its 'culture of fear,' the district's first lieutenant faces a culture battle of his own

The Nashville public, business community, our elected government officials, and virtually every local educational pundit have long been calling for demonstrative school district improvement. Commendably the current district leadership is accomplishing just that, albeit at a pace that is slower than hoped for. As a result of a wide array of intentional and significant efforts aimed at transforming and reforming our district, we are witnessing progress. Without question, our system is far better off today than it was just five years ago. Operationally the system is working efficiently and successfully on all cylinders. There has been a system-wide acceptance of best instructional and managerial practices, coupled with a movement to systemically embed both. The intellectual IQ and professionalism in our district has soared. However, like a sailboat crossing rough waters, a journey such as the one we are on today, will not always move in a straight line … it will occasionally tack sideways and back. The district is pushing hard for change and as Dr. Register noted may be bucking up against the limits the organization can withstand. Not surprising, however, are some of the responses quoted in this article … comments I have heard in many other school districts trying to transform themselves … “administrators are moving too fast and do not listen to the ranks,” “initiatives are top-down,” “our plates are too full,” “I am afraid to speak up,” “we are called to too many meetings,” “we’ve done this before,” ... These responses are not new in an environments of change. Real transformation requires sweat and tears ... bold actions ... and heroic effort on everyone’s part. Change is painful and requires exceptionally hard work coupled with sacrifice and difficult decisions. I for one think this is happening both at Bransford and in schools and classrooms across the district.

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Posted by Avi Poster on 10/24/2013 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Brad Schmitt, the city’s once notorious celebrity columnist, re-enters the public eye — for all the right reasons

Truly amazing. Your gift of descriptive language is second to none ... and your insight and reflections will serve as a lesson for me and others in our own quests to strengthen our lives. I will always be grateful to you for the countless times you supported my charity work ... either by helping me promote, introducing me to folks you thought I should know, or my lending me a hand by MCing and attending my fundraising events. I have long considered you a man of generosity, honor and charity ... and now a man of courage. Your reflections of your journey past are honest and insightful ... and will serve as a blueprint to do the same for me and others. Best wishes for an incredible next chapter in your life. Wish the Tennessean would see to it to bring you back to write your column ... only with a different slant ... one that helps all of us reflect and look inwardly as you have done. If I were King of the World, I would put you right back up on Page 3. ... Avi

Posted by Avi Poster on 06/02/2011 at 5:52 PM

Re: “DREAM Act: Will the Senate Deliver a Christmas Miracle Tomorrow?

Thanks, John, for your check on reality. Hope that readers do call the telephone number shared in the NumbersUSA response to your blog ... but will use it, instead, to plead with Senators to do the right thing and support this overwhelmingly positive legislation. We have invested millions in these kids already ... many of whom will rise to serve this great nation well. It is not time to pull this investment. ... Avi Poster

Posted by Avi Poster on 12/17/2010 at 6:37 PM

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