As a school leader, I must work to connect the dots and create a supportive cultural web which aligns with school mission and values. This is what I like to think of as my "Front Drawer" material. When opening the front drawer of your desk, what is it that you see?
This post begins with a deep breath. The world we live in seems to be in a free fall - from the flames of racial injustice to the deepening curve of a pandemic, there are so many in turmoil. People have expressed agony over the excrutiating and arduous task of navigating such difficult conversations in... Continue Reading →
A little motivational moment from the division head. We’ve got this, people!
“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air, and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ― Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas As you may have read in... Continue Reading →
In my previous (introductory) post, I described the general design and belief system of our middle school program at Presbyterian School. A colleague and faculty member appreciated my use of the word opportunity to talk about learning. I chose this descriptor to emphasize how we encourage students to attain meaningful, joyful learning pathways that fulfill... Continue Reading →
Launch Initiated in 10...9...8... For those of you diving into Educationomics for the first time: my name is Charlie Gramatges, and I am the Head of Middle School (principal) at Presbyterian School in Houston, TX. I have blogged for a number of years, building a catalog of experiences I have enjoyed during various stages of... Continue Reading →
I'm certain that there were times when you felt like you were in free fall without any sign of support. But but support is always there - it just takes a little trust, and a lot of patience. So let's talk about both the free fall, and the foundation in further detail.
I am reading an inspiring book about school design and program development with the student at the center. It’s called Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need by Chris Lehman and Zac Chase. I’m enthralled with the motivational idealism that exists throughout the work; however, this idealism is galvanized by practical experience... Continue Reading →
I wish I had a better grasp on some earth-shaking information that would give you a way to improve your craft beyond measure. Alas, my well runs dry at this time of year, and I guess it’s lucky, too. You don’t need another “challenge to be great” or royal decree regarding what classrooms should look... Continue Reading →