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Technology, leadership, and the future of schools

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Grand challenges of the principalship?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:28:55 +0000

At CU Denver we are having conversations about principal licensure program redesign, including possible orientation toward what we’re calling the ‘grand challenges’ of the principalship. A ‘grand challenge’ for building-level leaders might be a leadership issue such as: turning around a low-achieving school; repairing a dysfunctional school staff culture; preparing future-ready graduates; meeting the needs […]

The benefits of active learning

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:45:48 +0000

In an article lamenting the reduction in kindergarten of teacher autonomy and child-directed activities, Washington Post columnist Valerie Strauss quoted early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige: We have decades of research in child development and neuroscience that tell us that young children learn actively – they have to move, use their senses, get their hands […]

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Ruth Simmons on leadership

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:42:56 +0000

Ruth Simmons said: the perceptions of what it takes to be a leader are often based on prototypical models that don’t have much truth in reality. People look at the institutions that I have led and they see dissimilarities. I see similarities. When people think in terms of leadership, they’re often thinking about the kind […]

The real reason we ban cell phones

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 03:19:46 +0000

Marc Prensky said: Let’s admit that the real reason we ban cell phones is that, given the opportunity to use them, students would “vote with their attention,” just as adults “vote with their feet” by leaving the room when a presentation is not compelling. Why shouldn’t our students have the same option with their education when educators fail […]

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Why are we teaching the stuff we’re teaching?

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 03:10:19 +0000

Will Richardson said: More than, what, 90% of what we currently teach and talk about … is quickly forgotten once the next topic in the pacing guide comes up. Climate change, literacy, fake news, #metoo, what it means to be a citizen in a democracy, racism, income gaps, privacy, future jobs, AI, cryptocurrency… We can […]

New Year Leadership Challenge 2: Curiosity

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:37:19 +0000

[Instead of just challenge-based learning, how about challenge-based leadership?] Sir Ken Robinson said in Creative Schools: Human achievement in every field is driven by the desire to explore, to test and prod, to see what happens, to question how things work, and to wonder why and ask, what if? Young children have a ready appetite […]

New Year Leadership Challenge 1: Same-age grouping

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:59:04 +0000

[Instead of just challenge-based learning, how about challenge-based leadership?] Sir Ken Robinson said in Creative Schools: The principle of linearity works well for manufacturing; it doesn’t for people. Educating children by age group assumes that the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture. In practice, different students learn at different […]

Before you start bashing the Millennials…

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:56:44 +0000

Older generations love to bash the Millennials. But in many ways we are the problem. Here are a few quotes from Huffington Post’s recent article, Generation Screwed: Mention “millennial” to anyone over 40 and the word “entitlement” will come back at you within seconds, our own intergenerational game of Marco Polo. This is what it […]

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18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:14:50 +0000

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters). I served as the lunch keynote for TIES on […]

Take a stand for Net Neutrality

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:09:40 +0000