Slow Down to Speed Up: The Critical Key to Diagnosis

By: Anna H. Surratt “Turn left to go right!” Parents of young children will recognize the famous quote from Doc in the Disney movie Cars. As the young, hot-headed Lightning McQueen struggles to master the curves on a dusty race track, Doc repeatedly reminds him, “turn left to go right.” The idea is counterintuitive, especially to a seasoned racecar who made a living by turning right to go right. Doc’s point is one that we […]

Is Humanity Lost in Diversity Work?

By: Jenny Brady Recently, I have been wrestling with a difficult question – how do we safeguard humanity in diversity work? It seems counterintuitive. Diversity is about people. People are human, so humanity is inherent in diversity work. But often, we strip diversity of its humanity. Too many of us have a bad habit of robbing those who are different from us of their humanity. We ask them to keep the parts we are comfortable […]

What keeps me leading…

By: Joel Hazard There’s nothing like celebrating your oldest child’s birthday that will get you to pause and go into deep reflection about your life, the good times, and the hardships endured to get to that point. My son Noah turned 15 this past October. During that time, it was common for my phone to send me pictures, collages, and videos of memories of him and other events from five plus years ago. I would […]

Bull, Victim, or Spectator: What’s Your True Identity?

By: Krystle Moos As I began the Masters of School Leadership through Baylor University my entire focus on who I was came into question when we were asked to self-reflect on our identity.  This seemed easy at first because I am a teacher, wife, mother, daughter, and friend.  But what shook me was trying to identify who I was if I lost my job, became a widow, the loss of my mother or children, or […]

Wanted: Leaders who can walk on water

By: Ron Hoch I once heard a conference speaker say that after reading the job description for a school leadership position, he was shocked that it didn’t end with, “Must be able to walk on water.” So much went into the role and so much was expected of the person who filled it, that you would think no one other than Jesus could handle the job. I could see his point. I know first-hand that […]