For the past five years my organization, InnovateEd, has supported a network of 30 school districts from across California to develop cultures, build capacity, and create coherent systems. We use a framework for systemic improvement to guide efforts at the district, school, and classroom levels toward creating a coherent system of continuous improvement. My new book, Districts on

When I started my journey of school leadership, I thought being a risk taker was better left to other professions or hobbies people liked to pursue. Eventually, I learned that for change to occur taking risks is often needed. However, taking some chances, even if they make sense and appear reasonable, can be daunting.  The