Tag archives for Advocating

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. Groups – Cooperation – and the number of Women in the Group

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    According to Science Daily:“When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities […]

  5. Many More Students Learning At Higher Levels: Appreciating Both the Potential and the Complexity

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    We will benefit by appreciating both the complexity of dramatically improve education and the opportunity to uncap much more potential of our youth as we tackle the challenges ahead to improving education. There is no way to avoid appreciating the complexity of the many challenges related to improving education: poverty levels for children rising in […]

  6. Qualities of Effective Collaborators

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        Appreciate the nature of adult learning Embrace the uniqueness of each adult and interact in ways that sincerely appreciate and connect with the individual Celebrate the fact that your work requires effectively listening to and understanding the individuals you serve so that you can help them identify and connect with their specific growth Respect […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

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

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    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 […]

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

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    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 […]

  11. How Might Technology Be an Asset?

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    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 […]

  12. 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 […]

  13. 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 […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. Cultural Ingredients Influence any Group’s Adaptability

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    An organization’s culture is made up of its folklore, it rituals, its group norms, and its meeting protocols.  All of these cultural ingredients influence the organization’s adaptability.  Heifetz , et la: Adaptive Leadership 2009 p 57 ~ Understanding the culture is paramount to being able to help change it for the better. The culture of […]

  16. Adaptive Leadership: Embracing Technology as a Crucial Part of the Equation of More Kids Learning

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    Roland Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky in their book -The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (2009 p 13-17) write about how Adaptive Leadership has roots in evolutionary biology.  I think they make a lot of sense.  This information can help us as we lead our systems toward more […]

  17. Framing our thoughts for the new school year

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      COLLABORATIVE ENDEVORS > parallel play FORWARD MOTION > being stuck APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY > traditional problem solving CREATE THE FUTURE > status quo OPPORTUNITIES > problems AUDACITY > Accepting Status Quo HOPE > fear STORIES > lectures AN IMPROVED FUTURE > the status quo ADAPTIVE CHANGE > status quo NAMING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM […]

  18. Leading Into the Future

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    Can more of our students be successful?  Can schools adapt and change to meet the learning needs and styles of many more  students.  Can technology be leveraged increase the learning of more of our students?  What is the role of school leaders to accomplish this? My reactions to these questions is: Intentionally working through change […]