Entries by jpuglisi

Everything’s messed up.

Covid19 found its way into our American lives and consciousness early in the year 2020. Soon after it made its way into our American public schools. It came with disastrous effects for some educators and school related staff. Moreover, it came with nationwide disconnection and adverse impact on children’s development and learning. This effect lingers […]

Will Schools Ever Be The Same?

Will schools ever be the same? The coronavirus has altered many human institutions. It has altered human life. For centuries, people have gone to schools to learn and to gain knowledge, skills, and access to opportunities. The pandemic has exposed the weakness of our current day schools and also revealed their relevance and adaptability and […]

Were Schools Ready for a Pandemic ?

Were Schools Ready for a Pandemic ? No.  Was anyone ready for this pandemic? No. Are schools getting ready to serve children in the pandemic? Yes. Our American public schools have to be ready for just about any eventuality and sadly in recent history, even for school shootings. For years, those of us who lead […]

What’s it take to be a great School Principal?

The list of answers to this question is likely very long. Books are written about the role. Many points of view will answer the question differently. Teachers, parents, students, community members all will have their opinion. Principals, themselves, are worthy of a good listening after being asked this question. I asked a couple principals recently […]

IMAGE A NATION

IMAGINATION IMAGE  I  NATION IMAGE A NATION Since I can remember, which is probably as a four year old, I have always looked with an artist’s eye. I have always seen with my outer and inner eyes. I am fortunate in this way. This way of being likely emerges from both nature and nurture. Burnt […]

What is America?

In this Spring/Summer of the year 2020, we can ask ourselves as educators and community members many questions. One comes to my mind most recently, What is America?  In the last few weeks I have been working with students and teachers online and doing math/art activities and lessons with colleagues. The way we work is […]

What are we to do?

When I was seven years old I often took rides with my father as he worked as a sales associate for Whitman’s Chocolates. He would go to different stores, we called them drug stores back then, and would talk to the store managers and would look at the candy on the shelves. His territory covered […]