1. Thank A Rock Star Principal

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    Join your Discovery Educator Network team, as we thank principals for their amazing leadership during October’s National Principal Month. Do you know a principal that deserves to be recognized?  Here’s your chance to share his or her accomplishments with the world. Nominees will be featured during November on the DEN Global blog and receive certificates […]

  2. Principal Update: 10/17/2014

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    Are a you principal looking for ways to stay updated on resources, events, strategies, and trending topics?  The DEN is providing you a bi-weekly communication to keep you updated. To receive these notifications by email complete this form: dlc.com/DEprincipals In this week’s update there are some great articles on blended learning and teaching math, upcoming […]

  3. A Principal’s First Steps

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    Following the DEN Summer Institute Principal Summit, I had the privilege of connecting with several of our attendees  to discuss their goals for their individual sites and district. Jennifer Bourgeois, principal of West Orange Elementary in Orange Unified School District, wanted to brainstorm ways she can help bring awareness to other principals of Discovery Education’s […]

  4. DEN Trend Report: 10/15/14

    Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news. *If you read this feed, all you’ll owe is a comment below. Let us know what captured your eye and why!   Should We Tailor Difficulty of a School Text to Child’s Comfort Level or Make Them Sweat? (The […]

  5. DEN Trend Report: 10/8/14

    Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news. *If you read this feed, all you’ll owe is a comment below. Let us know what captured your eye and why!  Recruiting Tech Talent in High School (Wall Street Journal)  “Technology firm Dyn has struggled to lure top engineers […]

  6. Leadership in the Age of Connectedness

    Jannita posted yesterday about our new lineup for the Leadership@Now webinar series.  While every one of them will be incredible for school leaders to attend, I have to admit I’m thrilled to be hosting the first one on October 20th, Leadership in the Age of Connectedness.  It’s a perfect tie in to Connected Educator Month, and […]

  7. DEN Trend Report: 10/1/14

      Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news. *If you read this feed, all you’ll owe is a comment below. Let us know what captured your eye and why!  8 ways school leaders can support the digital transition (eSchool News) “More than 100 educators, policymakers, and […]

  8. DEN Trend Report: 9/24/14

    Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news. *If you read this feed, all you’ll owe is a comment below. Let’ us know what captured your eye and why! Ed-Tech Leader Gender Gaps Identified in New Study (Education Week) “The so-called gender pay gap is widely recognized, […]

  9. DEN Trend Report: 9/17/14

    Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!?  Here’s a recap of this week’s news. *If you read this feed, all you’ll owe is a comment below. Let’ us know what captured your eye and why! The Death of the Classroom As We Know It (CNBC) “…with the pace of change accelerating in virtually […]

  10. Seeds and Deeds

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      A gardener spends time with seeds and the dynamics of seeds Gardeners learn things about seeds Not all planted seeds will germinate Not all that germinate will survive Not all of the food that may be produced will be eaten by humans – ground hogs, deer, rabbits, raccoons, . . . may get to […]

  11. Great Leaders Summit

    This summer interact with some of education’s most respected and innovative leaders in a vibrant small-group setting for a professional development event hosted by NASSP in cooperation with Discovery Education and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. July 20-24, 2014 Discovery Education Global Headquarters Silver Spring, MD   Learn more about the event here.

  12. Thinking About: Words – Frames – and Change

    Kim Cameron of the University of Michigan organized these words in a certain way to illustrate a point.  I have mixed them up.  Here is the mixed up list of his words. PLEASE CONSIDER RESPONDING TO THE TWO QUESTIONS THAT FOLLOW BEFORE READING THE REST OF THE POST. By responding I mean grab a piece […]

  13. Learning is a consequence of thinking. —David Perkins, Smart Schools

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    Professional learning communities are more myth than reality if teachers operate independently and in isolation from each other (Hord, 1997). Working productively in such groups requires the ability to justify ideas and to test the feasibility of solutions on others. It also requires the openness and willing spirits of individuals to accept feedback from their […]

  14. A Community of Thought

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    WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF THOUGHT? WHY COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHT? WHAT MAKES THINKING INTERDEPENDENT? HOW ARE CAPACITIES FOR INTERDEPENDENT THINKING DEVELOPED? HOW ARE COMMUNITIES OF THOUGHTS SUSTAINED? Here are responses to these questions chosen by Laura Lipton & Bruce Wellman WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF THOUGHT? A [community of thought embraces a] process through which […]

  15. Connected Learning

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    I am a teacher.  I believe that all students can learn.  I also believe that ‘for all students to learn’ we adults have some important thinking to do together. In an attempt to stimulate serious thinking around this the topic of Connected Thinking I pose these questions: Is the role of schooling to deliver content […]

  16. Leadership Styles and Irony . . .

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                Below you will find a link to a chapter from the book: Handbook of organization development  By Thomas G. Cummings, Sage Publications  that looks at a comparison of four general strategies that a leader my employ. Truthfully not all leaders can effectively lead from all four strategies.  Some are ‘tellers’, […]

  17. It is worth our effort to begin this journey toward developing our social brain

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    From my point of view, the challenge of being intentional about connecting – mind-to-mind is worth accepting – because the stakes are so very high.  I believe that we live in times where interdependent thinking holds real value for all mankind. People engaging in conversations where transformation has the potential of occurring are people who can help […]

  18. Thinking Together, Working Together and Playing Together

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    CBS News presents a story that makes a strong case for thinking together, working together and playing together as very good things.  This is a story of Michigan middle school that plan and implemented actions that made a difference for a fellow student and potentially helped many others to see the value of their motives […]

  19. The Complexity of Thinking Together: The Emotional Challenges of the Socail Brain

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    I might not know; I have to think in public; I might be wrong; I might be judged by others . . . Thinking with others does not necessarily come easy for any of us.  We may want to think well with others and at the same time we may look at thinking well together […]

  20. “You as a leader” . . . Questions to ask yourself . . .

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    This is not a complete list. Hopefully it has questions that will get you thinking about your current or future potential leadership service.   What are your dispositions as a leader? Do you see yourself as someone who can think interdependently? Do you see a need for and/or a value in – intentionally growing and […]