Monday, February 23, 2015

ArtistSignal -- a Plea for a Couple Clicks Before March 1

Hey, y'all,

I have recently been appealing via social media for folks to give a few clicks to Tim Buell's (my future son-in-law's) band, Remedy Drive, on ArtistSignal.com. I want to apologize if that vote-mongering is in any way offensive to any of my friends, followers, or flock. That said, and said sincerely, I hope you understand that I have been doing so because:

1) Remedy Drive have for several months been running a very close second to each month's $10,000 award winner,
2) This band, whether you are of the Christian persuasion or not, has created one of the richest, most eloquent, most enjoyable listens of the year in the album, Commodity,
3) Their powerful spotlight on human trafficking deserves a spotlight of its own,
and
4) Supporting this small band of brilliant young musicians seems the right thing to do.

If you don't know the backstory of the recording, you can learn more about its leader's clandestine journey to an unspecified Far East country to work with Exodus Road in order to help rescue young human beings caught in the web if international sex and slave trafficking at their Wikipedia page or at their website. Heady stuff, and again, worthy of recognition.

Give Commodity a listen and vote (I vote hourly!) at ArtistSignal.com . This month's competition is almost over, and the lead they have held all month is threatened by a New Zealand band who, I'm sure, is almost as worthy. But not this month, please.

I thank you in advance!

Scott in Nashville

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Busy busy busy!

Okay, I believe this weather has come up in order to give me a bit of a break to get my house(s) in order.
Ice on the foliage suggests road conditions

If you read my previous post about NYSCATE Digital Wave and more, it was already pretty clear I'm fairly stretched this season. Yesterday MNPS closed its Main Office, telling not only 10 and 11 month employees (who are off with pay on school closure days) but 12 monthers, of whom I am one, to stay home and off the treacherous, icy roads--an almost unprecedented move. Today, they are calling office and 12 month staff workers in late, at 10, with the option to remain home by using a vacation or personal day. I'm going to exercise that option and cash in one of my stockpiled vacation days. Cool. [Even cooler--while I'm writing this they tell us all to stay home again, saving me a vacation day! To quote the email announcement: 

 
12 month employees:
 
We are shutting down the entire system again today (Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  Road conditions are as bad or worse than I’ve seen since 1993.
Please stay home and stay safe.]

One of the things I am working on is the online training for yet another upcoming travel experience, the trip to Maynard, Massachusetts on March 21 to serve on a 3 day external review team for AdvanceEd, the accrediting body for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and for other international organizations, including our own Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

I was invited to do so a couple of months ago, on the basis of our own stellar results in the online school accreditation review, where our numbers were so high in relation to the average results of the ~32,000 schools regularly reviewed that we were called "a statistical anomoly" in the Executive Review presentation. See the review document, and read this "Children First" announcement from Feb. 2, which I will cherish always.

I'm working on two keynote addresses today as well. One for my March 13 NYSCATE appearance, and one for my part in our Leadership Team keynote for v-TEACH15, a week from Friday and the next day at Martin Center here in Nashville. There's still time to register and make plans to attend, and Music City should be de-iced by then! My pups sure hope so:
Graphic representation of the concept "Forlorn"

And I will be playing some ukelele today. And maybe some WoW. And looking at mounting Sim-on-a-stick for our MNPS Virtual World I. And napping. Thank you, oh Weather, for the day to pursue a broad range of interests at will. Y'all: Stay safe and warm.