1. What Do You Want to Learn?

    Last week, I traveled to Greenville, SC for an Administrators’ Day of Discovery at the Upstate Technology Conference. Resources from all the day’s sessions are available here. I got to spend the day with principals, assistant principals, and other administrators sharing ways to use social media to build their personal learning networks (PLN). We discussed […]

  2. Listening>Turn Taking

    Listening

    When people gather whether it is to help: a school district that wants to figure out how best to use their technology resources, a state or region wanting to improve the environmental quality of its ground water, or nonprofit wanting to effectively reduce bullying among young people across the nation – the people coming together […]

  3. Rainy Day Idea For Data Use

    I want to credit Shelly Strickland, a school administrator in the Taylor County, Florida school system for passing on this idea to me. At her school, Strickland uses those unfortunate rainy day recesses to put some exciting Discovery Education content in front of her students. Instead of sitting around with nothing to do, her elementary […]

  4. EACH Student a Learner!!!

    When I see young people – I see potential! Currently there are too many students that are left behind.  Dropouts, underachievers, and minimal learners are all too common. The current system for educating society’s youth is broken: Broken if we agree that there is student potential that is not being tapped.  Yet, there are those […]

  5. Making Teacher Evaluations Public is a Bad Idea ~ Bill Gates

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    In an interview some weeks ago  with Weekend Edition Saturday‘s host Scott Simon, Gates went on to say. “The goal is to help teachers be better,” Gates said. “And when we run personnel systems where we want to be frank with employees about where they need to improve, having [evaluations] publicly available is not conducive […]

  6. For Administrators: Dear Colleagues, Guess what I learned…

    At today’s Admin Day of Discovery Kyle and I facilitated conversations about the free resources Discovery Education provides through our many partners, as well as the essential tools and ideas educators can access and use.  As we had multiple discussions with principals and tech specialists, the recurring theme became: “I’m going to send this stuff […]

  7. We have a gap to close between “what is” and “what should be” for all students and their learning outcomes

    Technology is an asset

    Technology is an asset when it comes to schools meeting the challenge of insuring that more students learn at higher levels. Whether you are a formal or informal leader in schools I believe it is important for you to know what you value when it comes to technology and learning.  Then it is important to […]

  8. Bully – the movie. I recommend it to all educators and school leaders!

    Never Bully

    Bullying is potentially brutal.  So, when the topic of Bullying is presented in a documentary movie the movie cannot be made without tackling the ugly facts and patterns of this serious issue.  The movie Bully is not a ‘sugar coated’ covering of the topic.  It is a serious movie about a serious topic! My wife […]

  9. America – We Have a Problem: Smart people acting like squirrels!

    What follows is a section of Levinson and Grieder’s book: Following Through:A Revolutionary New Model for Finishing Whatever You Start p. 35 & 36 (2007).  I am fascinated by their example of how a squirrel’s brain is ‘hard wired’ to accomplish certain very specific tasks. Mr. Squirrel collects acorns for the winter because he’s pre-programmed […]

  10. Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency

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                      As I reflecting upon being in India I am reading and thinking about Gandhi and his contributions to India and to the world. Gandhi talks about the importance of connectedness between and among people.   He says, “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal […]

  11. Are schools becoming more engaging as a result of the advancing technologies?

    Over 4 years ago this short video first appeared.  I saw it during that first year and I am showing it now, some four years later with a few questions. Has much changed for school aged learners?  Are there more opportunities for ‘engagement’ with each other by way of technology? Is it common throughout the […]

  12. How are we going to be when we gather together?

    How are we going to be

    Block asks the question, “How are we going to be when we gather together?”   This is a crucial question.  My answer is that adults need to intentionally develop abilities for thinking interdependently.  We must actively deploy these skills to effectively work, listen and think with each other.  It is our shared responsibility to engage with […]

  13. Here is Imformation for Educators and Leaders to Ponder and I HOPE ACT Upon

    The Learning Leader

    Are the issues of poverty, the lack of English as a first language and the fact that a student is labeled as a Special Education Student reasons why we, in America have many school systems that are experiencing static or regressive achievement results? Does it matter how educators approach the reality of today’s students? Can […]

  14. Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency

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    As I reflecting upon being in India I am reading and thinking about Gandhi and his contributions to India and to the world. Gandhi talks about the importance of connectedness between and among people.   He says, “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.  Man is a social being.  […]

  15. Get The Word Out!!!!

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    Ted-Education’s Channel has begun.  Please watch this short video and share it with your teachers.  This is a resource waiting to be put into action for all learners to benefit. Once you have watched the overview watch any of the 16 example lessons they have posted under the current five categories of: Awesome Nature How […]

  16. India and the Aakash ~ A Transformative Time in Indian Education

    Male Students India Feb 2012

    I have just returned from two weeks in India. We had the good fortune to spend time in many sectors of modern India.  We visited a k – 12 school and talked with a the principal and the state commissioner of education.  They spoke of the fact that they would be providing every tenth grader […]

  17. Credibility! Effective informal or formal leaders are credible. You earn credibility or you don’t!

    Credibility 2011

    The leadership authors and researchers, Kouzes and Posner wanted to learn about the behavioral dimensions admired leaders earned.  Kouzes and Posner asked people to give them specific examples of what the leaders they admired the most did to gain their respect, trust, and a willingness to be influenced.   How did they behave that help them […]

  18. How Might Technology Be an Asset?

    Scholl Family and Communities

    How might all individual students be served if schools, families and communities were to strengthen a shared commitment directed toward the goal of: Schools should be places where all students can and do learn? a student who was highly stimulated with language, social, emotional, nutritional and physical opportunity from ages of 0 to five, a […]

  19. To Dramatically Change Learning Outcomes: Dream and Create a Shared Vision and be willing to Commit and put forth Effort

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    A bright future for student learning isn’t just a dream!!  For effective and helpful leaders – having a clear vision or dream is an essential!  In a very simple sense – developing a shared dream or collectively embracing a clear vision – is the work of leadership.  “Shared dreams” or a “common vision” provide for […]

  20. Martin Luther King Jr. Challenged Us to All Think Critically

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    Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in the Morehouse College newspaper The Marion Tiger in the January – February issue of 1947 about his concern for what it means to be truly educated. Among his comments were these: “To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are   prone to let our mental life become invaded […]

  21. As an Educator – Consider Sending this Message Out Today or Tomorrow

    Dads and Moms, Grandpas and Grandmas Consider Reading to the Young People in Your Life about Martin Luther King Jr.   Here are suggestions for three books that I suggest would be good read alouds about Martin Luther King for to the children in your life. Obviously, these are not the only good ideas of […]