1. 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, […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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.

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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’, […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. “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 […]

  14. The ‘culture’ of conflict must be changed!

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    When I think about conflict that tends to festers in disagreement I also think about the possibility.  I think about the potential opportunity of working together and finding a way to discover an agreed upon common good.  I know that that many might find my thinking “soft” and “wishful thinking”.  I know that the whole […]

  15. New Addition To High School Interim Assessment Suite

    Attention high school teachers and administrators. Have you been waiting for a companion to the third course math interim assessment offered through Discovery. We are now pleased to announce the availability of English III assessments! English III classes can now be created through the bulk import Class List template. Also, for teachers, classes can be added […]

  16. Tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert

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    I really believe that tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert.  Given the fact that the federal government is likely to shut down tomorrow – I really believe that tomorrow literally and figuratively belongs to those that are will to to think interdependently. I don’t believe that for an effective collaboration […]

  17. INTERDEPENDENT THINKING BY A SCHOOL STAFF

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    Engaging teachers and principals in regular and frequent meetings demands that time become worthwhile.   We suggest the following steps to change how time is spent and to keep the focus on learning with school staff members: 1.   Have regularly scheduled and facilitated PLC meetings, with the staff setting agendas    and understanding the purpose of […]

  18. An Alternative to ‘Polishing the Status Quo’

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    The existing state of affairs in the environment, education, healthcare, workers rights, nutrition, transportation, energy or in many other areas leads people to look for change. Focusing on the preferred future rather than just steps away from the current situation has the potential to lead to transformative change.   Further, when a community of people focus […]

  19. How does important, complicated, and serious work get done?

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    Think putting a man on the moon. Think bring Apollo 13 home. Through collaboration!   Our times require us all to be willing, able and effective in our collaborations within and across networks.  We need to be explores of the power and potential of ‘interdependence’ because we and others are investors, owners, caretakers and creators […]

  20. Design Thinking: Where our thinking starts will effect where our thinking goes

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    There is a big difference between the probe “What’s wrong?” and the probe “What works?” Below you will find a graphic based on the thinking of a successful architect.  Peter Saurcerman,  an architect for 35 years in Northern California.  He believes that groups thinking together in response to the “What works?” probe will be more […]

  21. So many definitions of leadership – here are a few . . .

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    Multidimensional Qualities of Leadership, A Sampling Definitions of Leadership Leadership – mobilizing people to tackle tough problems.  ~  Leadership Without Easy Answers, Ronald Heifetz, 1994, page 15 That the job of school leaders is ‘primarily about enhancing the skills of knowledge of people in the organization, creating common culture of expectations around the use of […]

  22. Gaining the Skills, Knowledge and Dispositions of Thinking Together: Essential Educational Goals as We Help Our Students Meet Their Futures

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    I believe that getting good at thinking together is an important goal to strive for.   As teachers we need to help our students to develop the skills, dispositions and attitudes helpful to engage in thoughtful, productive conversation. The complexity of the world can lead adults to respond to problems in ways that are almost devoid […]