The Children are Above Average

“Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

Those are the closing words Garrison Keillor spoke each night on his radio show A Prairie Home Companion. He was summarizing the fictional hometown Lake Wobegon – a special place. It’s an interesting concept – this idea that “all the children are above average” and, I believe, can be a detrimental one when viewed through the lens of government-mandated testing. Read More

What’s He Thinking…Testing Edition

It’s that time of year again – the wonderful world of standardized assessments and tests. If it seems like we have more and more assessments each year, your perceptions are probably fairly accurate. It seems that the age of accountability has entered a new dimension. I’ve been asked several questions of late regarding state assessments and the new PARCC tests. Read More

Light It Up Blue in Support of Autism Awareness

At Hilliard City Schools we embrace every child and empower them to make good choices in their educational journey so that they are inspired to be ready for tomorrow. This certainly includes all of our students with autism. April is Autism Awareness month and Hilliard City Schools will celebrate these students by encouraging both students and staff to wear blue on Wednesday, April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day. I hope you will join me in supporting the great students, families and staff members who have dedicated countless hours supporting the specific needs of these students. Read More

What’s He Thinking…Tech Edition

With the announcement of Hilliard Schools plan for personal electronic devices for students I’ve received some questions and wanted to address some of the more common ones below. You can find additional information about the implementation plan and the Technology Task Force online at www.hilliardschools.org/techconnect/.

Q. What is the district’s annual technology budget? How many computers are in high schools now? Read More

What’s He Thinking . . . Questions from Twitter

The interaction and questions from Twitter have become a vibrant, active part of Hilliard Schools’ communication efforts. While I try to provide answers directly in Twitter when possible, some of the questions require more than 140 characters to provide responsible answers. I’ve addressed a few of these below.

Remember – Thursday, March 13th from 8-9 p.m. will be our next Twitter-Connection Tweet-up. Please join that conversation at #AskHCS. Read More

Technology Task Force Conversations Provide Direction for District Vision

One of the great opportunities I’ve enjoyed this school year has been the work of the Technology Task Force. I announced the creation of the group during my State of the Schools address in October. Since then, three separate groups of students, community members and staff members have been hard at work discussing, conducting site visits and looking into different ideas related to where Hilliard Schools wants to be with individual devices and technology integration in classrooms. All of the groups came together in January for cross-committee discussion and feedback related to this initiative. Since then our administrative team and staff members have been hard at work reviewing every comment and considering how we might take their key findings and put them into action in our schools. Read More

Important to Get the Real Facts

Abraham Lincoln said “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” On February 26 at noon, Hilliard Schools will host its next Online Lunch with the Superintendent. I will be joined by Treasurer Brian Wilson and we will be discussing the district’s current financial picture and sharing information about the value Hilliard Schools’ provides to residents. This is a great opportunity for all parents and residents in our school system to get the real facts about the district’s fiscal management during a time when we are not in financial crisis. Read More