From the Editor - Spring 2011

03/21/2011  |  Charles Sosnik Editor in Chief
From the Editor

Collaboration is such a broad term. In education, it takes many forms. There is the collaboration between student and teacher. Collaboration between student and student. Collaboration between teachers. Between school and home. Between districts. Between disciplines. Between agencies. Between locations. Between public and private sectors. In this issue, we celebrate collaboration in all its forms. Using the simple premise that none of us is as smart as all of us, we explore the many ways educators use collaboration to accomplish one important goal – the education of our children.

Kudos to my friend Franklin Schargel, who has just finished his tenth book. Schools Where Teachers Lead: What Successful Teachers Do is available at It helps develop shared leadership and teacher leadership in school with real-world, on the job ideas.  Principals and other leaders will embrace the practical “Lead Now” and “Do Now” strategies as they improve their own skills and promote shared leadership among their staff, raising student achievement in turn. Congratulations Franklin. It is a great contribution.

In the good news department, it is my pleasure to welcome our new editor Stephen Murphy. Stephen is a Duke grad and has worked in both the education biz (at Columbia University) and in the publishing industry in New York City. In coming issues, Stephen will put his unique spin on SEEN Magazine, no doubt taking it to new heights as we endeavor to ignite the spirit of education in America. I have enjoyed my time at SEEN, and have passionately presented ideas in the pursuit of raising the education bar.

There have been many high points. One of my favorites was interviewing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Truth be told, I was a little nervous. We are an education mag, and he is the secretary of education. In the education biz, it doesn’t get any bigger. But my nervousness subsided quickly as I realized the secretary was just an ordinary guy who happens to be EXTREMELY passionate about education. Usually, as an editor, you wonder if you will be able to get your subject to answer your questions completely. As the secretary laid out his vision for education, my biggest concern was getting the next question asked. There were a lot of “yeah, but...”s as the secretary rolled through 40 minutes of ideas on the future of education in America while I tried to get another question asked. The end result was a great interview and one of the high points of my career.

As one of my favorite English professors, Dr. Marilyn Jody, once told me, there are other lives to lead. But rest assured. You are in very good hands with Stephen.

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