Tag archives for leadership

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

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

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    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 […]

  4. What does it take to be a leader?

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    What does it take to be a leader? Here’s a young student’s perspective, mentioned in Patti Ruffing’s post, Mush!. The concepts are unique; see if you agree with her. A musher is someone who drives a dog sled. To drive a sled, a musher needs to have leaders on the team. Leaders are the dogs […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. Digital Corners to Transformative Classrooms – A message from Bill Goodwyn

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    The CEO of Discovery Education, Bill Goodwyn, just weighed in on his thoughts about Apple’s entry into the digital textbook world.  He makes some fantastic points in the post and it’s well worth reading in its entirety.  Just to whet your appetite though, here’s a taste: My hope is that the proliferation of digital textbooks […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]

  11. Michigan Superintendents and Front Line Assistants Jump into iPad Use

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    The main goals of this initiative were to provide up to 300 members with portable, Apple iPad 2 mobile devices to: Facilitate their communication with their district staff Provide experiences with the use of real-time data in the decision-making process Promote interdistrict, superintendent level, collaboration and problem solving on a variety of educational issues and […]

  12. The convergence of globalization and technology will eventually touch everyone

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    We school leaders know that some of our students are tech savvy and we know that many of our students are without access and opportunity for adequate technology experience.  We also know that the adult world our students will enter will be full of technology.    Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum the authors of That Used To Be […]

  13. A Sputnik* Moment

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    Many Americans are unaware of the young minds around the globe who are competing and will complete with American graduates.  As Americans and as educators 0 globalization and technology expertise can not be taken lightly! 1  Zhejiang University 2  University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 3  Tsinghua University 4  St. Petersburg State University 5  Nizhny Novgorod State University 6  Saratov State […]

  14. 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 […]

  15. 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 […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. New Beginnings

    It is with sadness that the VA DEN says goodbye to Matt Monjan our wonderful leader. Matt is embarking on a new journey with Discovery. Matt will be the new Vice President of Strategic Account Implementation and DEN Account Management.  With his new position, Matt will manage Discovery’s nationwide (and Canadian) efforts. Please join me […]

  18. Teacher Leadership: The Ostrich Syndrome

    Head in the sand or stick your neck out? Those are often the choices that we, as teachers, face when offered leadership opportunities. Teacher Leadership is an integral part of leading and learning in our schools and classrooms. We often underestimate the power of influence that we possess as individuals, schools and larger groups when dealing […]