Timothy D. Kanold

Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, an award-winning educator, author, and consultant, is former superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community district in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

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Getting no help, not enough time, falling behind, overwhelmed

Be Mindful of your HEART!

Categories: PLC

In Atlanta, Georgia on February 4th, 1968, as part of his message, The Drum Major Instinct, Martin Luther King stated:

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

Last week, I was working in the southwestern section of the state of Washington. I was about one hour into a 3-hour professional development session with a group of K-8 teachers and leaders, and I was not receiving a “heart full of grace” from one of the grade level teacher leaders. Read more

Reaching the peak

Urgent: Reaching For The Summit!

Categories: Mathematics

Three weeks ago, as the school year was starting, I had the opportunity to work in a Midwest high poverty middle school with the mathematics department and team of teachers. There were 16 total teachers grades 6-8 and all were very hardworking and caring professionals.

Only they had one major problem: There was very little evidence of improved student learning over the past 5 years.   Read more

Math is cultural

Teaching Mathematics is a Cultural Activity

Categories: Mathematics

Exactly one year ago today, my colleague Matt Larson and I met in Sacramento, CA at the end of a long day to hammer out was to become our newest book to be released this month: Balancing the Equation – A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents.


This April, Matt is about to become President of NCTM, and I have a lot of respect for Matt, but when he originally pitched the idea for the book, I thought he was a bit off his rocker! Read more

Tribute to Jerry Cummins

We Are Our Experiences: A Tribute to the Life of Jerry Cummins, President of NCSM 1999–2001

Categories: Mathematics

It was September 2010, and we were walking on the long stretch of beach in Mission Bay, near San Diego, California. He described to me how he and his wife had gone to see a doctor as he was starting to forget things. He was seventy-three, so I am thinking, “Who doesn’t forget things as he or she gets older?”

Only this was different. He was very scared. Read more

Pumpkin pie

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving 2015!

Categories: PLC

It is coming! A week from next Thursday!
It is such an understated holiday
It is an unheralded day that refuses to be glamorized
It is a national holiday where stores are closed (or should be)

It is so healthy, so encouraging…
It is so quiet! No jingles to sing! No gifts to buy!
It is just – a day…to…be…thankful
To look around and within and say


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