1. 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 […]

  2. One Idea With: Dr. John Hill, National Rural Education Association Executive Director

    In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews the Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association (NREA) Dr. John Hill. A former math teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent, Dr. Hill’s One Idea focuses on how to improve the school hiring process.  Watch the video below to […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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, […]

  5. One Idea With: Karen Cator, President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Promise

    In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews the President and CEO of Digital Promise, Karen Cator.  A Congressionally authorized nonprofit, Digital Promise works at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and learning technology developers to improve the opportunity to learn for all Americans through technology and research. […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. One Idea With: Former Principal and Author Baruti Kafele

    In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews former school principal, best-selling ASCD author, educational consultant, and motivational speaker Baruti Kafele. Author of Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success and Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, Mr. Kafale’s One Idea focuses on how […]

  8. One Idea With: Author Mark Barnes

    In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews 20-year classroom teacher and ASCD author Mark Barnes. The author of Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom,  Mr. Barnes’ One Idea focuses on the future of grading and assessment.  Watch the video below to learn more, […]

  9. One Idea With: North Carolina’s Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District

    In this installment of One Idea With: Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews Mooresville Graded School District’s Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards. Leader of a school district dedicated to preparing every child, every day, to be successful and responsible citizens in a global workplace and community, Dr. Edwards’ One Idea focuses on the importance of building […]

  10. One Idea: With McREL International’s Incoming CEO, Bryan Goodwin

    In the third of a series of interviews with the thought leaders driving the digital transition nationwide, Discovery Education Senior Vice President Scott Kinney interviews McREL International’s incoming CEO, Bryan Goodwin. McREL International is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan education research and development corporation dedicated to translating research into practical applications for educators.  Mr. Goodwin’s One Idea […]

  11. 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 […]

  12. 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.

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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’, […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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 […]

  20. 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 […]

  21. “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 […]