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Last week, I wrote about Wade Carpenter Middle School in Nogales, Ariz., and how its improvement over the past decade holds lessons for all of us. I talked about the role expectations, focus and expertise played in turning the school around.

But school improvement is a really complex process and I only scratched the surface of the topic. This week, I want to talk about something that is often left out of school reform discussions, and that is fun.

The evening I arrived in Nogales, Wade Carpenter was conducting an evening orientation in the cafeteria for incoming fifth graders. I sat unnoticed among the parents and fifth graders while little sisters, brothers and cousins charmingly attempted to distract all of us.

Read the full article on The Huffington Post Education.