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SamTastic Weekly Tip: 10/23/23 - Express What You Believe as a Leader

This week’s tip: Express what you Believe as a Leader

In 1966 Robert F. Kennedy inspired South Africans in Capetown by stating “…like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.”

We certainly live in interesting times in 2023. Basic American principles of equality, diversity, inclusion, even fairness and democracy, are under siege. How you react as a leader impacts not only today, but tomorrow.

NSIP Director Mark Shellinger traces his belief in the power of education to improve society to American philosopher John Dewey, 1859-1952.

Dewey believed:

“The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education.”


“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.”


“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”


“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”


“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.”


“The only freedom that is of enduring importance is the freedom of intelligence, that is to say, freedom of observation and of judgment.”


“The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.”


How you react to the “interesting times in which we live” has impact beyond what you can see. Reacting with intentionality, to improve the lives of your students and people in your community, should align with your beliefs. How you react matters.

If you haven’t viewed the music video, I am a SAM, you are missing out. The video has gone viral with thousands of views in the last six days. It is a joyful, delightful and inspirational expression of the work of SAM teams. Please consider reposting the video on your social media accounts and following NSIP on FaceBook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


Music Video: I Am a SAM https://bit.ly/48OCjCm



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