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    Chronicle 7 - Learnings from Abroad

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    For the past 10 days I and the Chief Development Officer of SDP have been in the UK visiting with Local Education Authorities from around the country. We traveled over 700 miles and found out that, while separated by the Atlantic , our challenges and...
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    Chronicle 10 - The Calm Before the Storm

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    Well, it has been a while since I have written. However, in 5 days, this school is going to open and I couldn’t allow that to happen without some reflection. So… what have we learned? People first… everything else later. As a result of this project...
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    Chronicle 4 - "Nothing Without a Leader"

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    The past month has proven that without great leadership, innovation drowns. As with any large organization, found within are different agendas, perspectives, beliefs, and personalities. These “differences” help to make organizations unique and can provide...
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    Chronicle 6 - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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    The Good, The bad and The Ugly It has been a while since I have written. Sorry for the delay. At the very beginning of this undertaking I promised that these brief insights would not be clouded by positioning or marketing. They would be sincere commentaries...
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    Chronicle 2 - "Everybody's Watching"

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    Before I get started on this month's chronicle, let me point out that we will be using a blog format from this point on. While a little more casual then our traditional postings on Microsoft.com, we felt that it was the perfect tool for this project....
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    Chronicle 5 - Questions for you!

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    So we’re back… I figured most folks were not waiting with bated breadth during the months of June and July for the next installment of this blog, so we took a little break. But… we’re back! We are back with a final building...
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    Chronicle 8 - It's been too long!

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    Yes, it has been too long! My apologies to those faithful readers who have been following this project. There has been so much activity over the past 6 months that I never seemed to be able to find the time to write. However, all of this activity has...
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    Chronicle 3 - "Brick By Brick"

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    Well, we’ve chosen an architect. Let’s just say it was a learning experience. Six firms made it to pre-qualification. At that point in the process, we gathered them all and over a three day period, interviewed each. The firms ranged from medium...
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    Chronicle 9 - Have Hope

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    “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill The last of these is certainly not the least. As we move closer and closer to the opening of this school...
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    Chronicle 1 - "The Journey Begins"

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    Volume One: The Journey Begins by Mary Cullinane , School of the Future Technology Architect "Why Philadelphia ?" The answer is surprisingly simple: They asked. Through the visionary leadership of Paul Vallas, the CEO for the School District...
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    Chronicle 11- Looking Back While Moving Forward…

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    It's Still About Hope... Hi everyone! As I sit here and reflect that it has been more than 6 months since the School of the Future has opened, I am constantly reminded that this is a work in progress, as are all great challenges. And while the journey...
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