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Douglass Austin

When “good enough” isn’t

This is a sad parable about a good public policy ineffectively implemented. When the pandemic hit and the nation was forced to close its schools, one of the casualties was the Free and Reduced Lunch…
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Not so special education

The pandemic caused a painful disruption to public education. From mid-March to mid-April, virtually every school district in the country closed its doors and sent children home to a largely failed experiment in virtual learning....
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“Lost Time Is Never Found Again” –Ben Franklin

Our school districts are moving forward with reopening plans for the fall. The first day of school is looming and the waiting game is up. They have to make thousands of decisions with zero certainty...
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Juneteenth: Let’s Band(wagon) Together

It’s nice to see mainstream white America coming to grips, however slowly, with the importance of acknowledging past wrongs and scraping away some of the historical whitewash used to alleviate (or maybe avoid) the white...
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No Justice? No Shit.

Black people suffering at the hands of white people happens so frequently that it’s hard not to become numb to it. Niecy Nash’s YouTube video is funny because it’s so true. But the deadly reality...
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Keeping it Reel

If a picture is worth a thousand words, picture this snapshot of the company culture at UPD. We work hard, and we spend a lot of time together on project teams. But “all work and…
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Nowhere to turn(around)

I was invited to moderate a panel of turnaround experts at the Yale School of Management’s Education Leadership Conference  on April 4th, and in prepping for the event I tried to think about what hasn’t been…
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Safe Bet

I received an auspicious text from my son last week. He’s spending part of the summer abroad in a language immersion program, and he receives most of his news about the US from the internet….
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Logo Motive

Hard to believe, but UPD Consulting is going to be 10 years old this year. Change is inevitable for all of us, and after 10 years assisting our clients with their transformation, we too are…
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The Relevant

Jada Pinkett Smith (a native Baltimorean) and Spike Lee stirred things up by announcing that they’re boycotting the Academy Awards in protest over the fact that, for the second year in a row, not a…
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