I met with my new staff recently and they are great. I've never seen more hardworking, educators who want whats best for the kids. They seem willing to experiment to do what's best for the kids. Luckily, the school will be well funded to accommodate their urges (we'll have technology, a variety of texts, and other resources). One of the biggest things which I struggle with as an Administrator is the concept of standardization and teacher freedom, particularly in terms of pacing, teaching, methods, and evaluation. Any thoughts? I am trying to think of a compromise now. I don't think I'll mandate any teaching methods (use of technology or anything like that) yet. I want to treat my teachers as professionals and hope that they use the PD we provide to their student's advantage. I think a common syllabus for CORE classes is the way to go, as are common evaluation systems within each course. As for standardized testing, I'm not sure. I am not a fan of every student taking identical tests and quizzes for each units. However, a few well developed essays, projects, and term exams could provide helpful.