Tag archives for Challenging the Status Quo

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

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    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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. Do you believe that America has fallen behind in the world it created?

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    America’s economy, infrastructure (airports, ports, bandwidth, bridges, rail system, etc.), educational system, open door to immigration, and safe guards to the natural environment and intellectual (encouragements to increase capital flow and innovation) environment have been what Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum have labeled as America’s historic “pillars of prosperity”.*  These pillars are less than […]

  4. Where does technology, as an instructional opportunity, fit into this picture?

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    America’s students are and will continue to be compared to students around the world.  In 2009 there were many surprises. Here is some of what Chest E. Finn had to say about the situation. Fifty-three years after Sputnik caused an earthquake in American education by giving us reason to believe that the Soviet Union had […]

  5. Learning to Change, Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective

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    That title gets me thinking.  I am betting when you watch the video you will be thinking about: The need for courageous leadership Education taken as a given Disengagement by students and teachers An age of networks Students having access to powerful tools of learning Shifting some roles Becoming learners together Transformation, flexibility, celebrating Start […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. Adults – educators and others, need to help today’s students embrace complexity

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    Employees Wanted . . . that can combine software, art, math, creativity, writing, gaming, education, composing, and marketing Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum the authors of That Used To Be Us, 2011 p.70 -71 make the case for how fast and dramatically the world of work can change.  They explain that it is clear […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]