Change

Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution “Don’t prepare kids for something. Prepare them for anything!” I remember a world without the Internet, smart devices, mobile phones, 3D printers, and 4K televisions sets. After all, this was the world that many of us grew up in. There was an abundance of playing outside, reading, walking around the mall, going to the movies, and talking on the phone. Sure, we had our technology…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Challenges Educators Face – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Challenges Educators Face The Challenges Educators Face We live in amazing times.  Technology, most specifically social media, has flattened the world. Remember when we had to get all of our professional literature and information from journals, books, conferences, over the phone, or people that we came in direct contact with? Educators now have access anytime from anywhere to people, ideas, resources, strategies, and feedback.  As much as this has been a game-changer for so many, we…

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A Principal’s Reflections: 12 Leadership Fundamentals – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 12 Leadership Fundamentals 12 Leadership Fundamentals Leadership is leadership.  The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same.  What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.  Leadership is both an art and a science with the goal of moving the masses towards achieving a common goal.  Even though I have written extensively on the topic over the years, I am always on…

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The Relationship Between Failure and Success – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Relationship Between Failure and Success The Relationship Between Failure and Success In life, there are certain truths. One of these is that to succeed, many times, you must first fail. Obviously, this is not always the case, but if you are like me and many others, success doesn’t come easily or on the first try.  Learning to ride a bike is one of many great examples that proves my point.  The process begins with training wheels…

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To Follow is to Lead – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: To Follow is to Lead To Follow is to Lead “If you think you’re leading, and no one is following you, then you’re only taking a walk.” – Afghan Proverb If we follow someone that person is a leader then right? We are all meant to believe that the role of a leader is to empower others to follow to create and sustain successful systems.  In many ways, I am not here to challenge this notion. This notion…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Zoning in on Change – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Zoning in on Change Zoning in on Change The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears. – Dan Stevens There are many impediments to the change process. One of the biggest culprits is fear.  Many times, this either clouds our judgment or inhibits our motivation to take needed risks to both challenge and upend the status quo.  In other cases, we might…

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Book review – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today | @mcleod – Education Article

This post is a review of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray. Disclaimer: both are friends of mine so keep that in mind as you read below. My short recommendation? There is lots of value in this book and a great deal of information that validates what we know about good leadership and strong school organizations. What I liked about the book Eric and Tom list eight ‘keys’ to intentionally designing tomorrow’s…

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Tap Into Your Full Potential – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Tap Into Your Full Potential Tap Into Your Full Potential “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi There are many elements to change. However, one of the most powerful is that of self-efficacy.  Almost everyone can identify goals they want to accomplish, accomplishments to achieve, or personal and professional aspects they…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead A great deal has changed over the past few years not just in society, but also in education. Many of these changes are a result of the exponential advances in technology and the role these tools play in shaping both our personal and professional lives.  As a result, innovative practices emerged in many shapes and sizes. To…

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Are You a Critical Consumer? – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Are You a Critical Consumer? Are You a Critical Consumer? Digital literacy is more important now than it has ever been.  The exponential evolution if the Internet and social media tools have allowed for the quick sharing of knowledge, ideas, images, videos, and opinions.  The result has been a double-edged sword.  In one respect everyone with a  smartphone has instant access to information at any time and from anywhere. I for one love the fact that I…

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8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue 8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue As a school administrator, I remember always having the best intentions when it came to instructional leadership.  During every summer, my team and I would reflect on the past year and establish a better vision and plan for how we all would collectively work to improve learning.  In theory, we devised ambitious, yet attainable goals during these months, or so we thought. Then reality would…

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A Principal’s Reflections: Know Thyself – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Know Thyself Know Thyself “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu Do you know who you are?  In one sense most of us respond with a resounding yes.  However, deep down many of us, including myself, are always questioning our purpose.  By the way, this is indeed ok.  Throughout our lives, we are continually discovering and reassessing who we are. Experiences, feedback, and…

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My To-Do List: A Peek Into a Teacher Leader’s Week – Education Article

The simple fact that this is my second “list” blog post in a row should tell you something. No matter how many hours I am putting in at home right now, there do not seem to be enough. Teaching is always busy, and balance elusive, but between designing and implementing new programs at school, and managing extra projects (both meant to supplement income as well as realize pet ideas of mine), this was my teacher-leader to-do list as of last…

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Agilität vs. Führung | Bildungsmanagement.guru – Education Article

Beim Change-Frühstück am 7.12.2018 wurde klar: Agiles Arbeiten und Führung sind kein Widerspruch. Aber ein hartes Stück Kulturwandel. Nur wenn das Verständnis von Führung langfristig ein anderes wird, können wir agile Teams erfolgreich und freudbetont führen. Das Change-Frühstück von Ralf Langen fand diesmal bei Siemens Financial Services in München-Neuperlach statt. Siemens hatte dazu den modern und frisch gestalteten Co-Working-Space bereitgestellt. So konnten wir zwischen Kaffee-Bar, Arbeits- und Kommunikationsbereich angeregt diskutieren. Das Thema diesmal: Was bleibt eigentlich noch von Führung, wenn…

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