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New Year’s Resolution: Write That Book

January 1, 2017

In 2002 I retired from public education shortly after I turned 55 years old and as I concluded my 22nd year as a Superintendent of Schools. My plan was to work as an adjunct as a college or graduate level teacher and to write a book that had the working title “Beyond Factory Schools”. In 2002-2004 I wrote several chapters of the book, wrote some free lance articles that got published, landed an adjunct position at Vermont College, but made the mistake of applying for and becoming a finalist for the Commissioner of Education in Vermont, one of many jobs I didn’t get. However, once I had my resume written I decided I could serve as Superintendent again and when I saw an opening in Hanover, New Hampshire, I decided to apply for that assignment and landed the job. After seven years, I retired from being a Superintendent and decided to work as an education consultant and finally write that book.

Now, nearly six years later, I have a five years of blog posts and several thousands of dollars of earnings as a consultant… but no book. So my New Year’s Resolution for 2017 is to Write That Book. The working title is now Reformatting Public Schools. It will be an expanded and updated version of a White Paper I wrote nearly six years ago when I embarked on my work as a consultant, updated to reflect the current realities of public education and the current political environment nationally, at the State level, and locally.

I still intend to blog daily, but the posts might be thinner. But I feel a need to get that book written and posted on line….

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  1. Elyssa Gersen-Thurman
    January 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    That’s exciting and I think you will be successful!

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