Change

6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning – Education Article

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Many of these are often the one and done variety or conducted in a drive-by manner. Now, don’t get me wrong; some educators find value in the experiences I have outlined above and have gone on to change…

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Home Away From Home: Using routines to adapt to change – USAHome Away From Home: Using routines to adapt to change – Education Article

For most of my life I grew up in the same city, lived in the same house, and attended 12 years of school with all the same people. I’ve even been told my five-year-old self and I look exactly the same. So one could guess change probably isn’t my forte. Despite that, I still feel change is good for you so I decided to make a change and move all the way from Southern California to Boston for college.  Finding…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth The Ascent to Growth I genuinely believe that most people want to get better in their professional role and they find comfort in growth. Who doesn’t want to make a difference while moving up the career ladder?  However, I say most because complacency, lack of motivation, or not being passionate about the work or the job can inhibit a drive to seek ways to improve.  Since the minority falls in this category, let’s…

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It Won’t Work…Or Will It? – Education Article

When we look at various aspects of society, there is always an innate desire to improve through innovation. However, there seems always to be impediments to this process. Perhaps it is the little voice in your head that says any new idea or strategy is a waste of time, as it has no chance to succeed. Maybe it is the collective voices of colleagues pushing you to abide by the status quo and not rock the boat. Throw in fear,…

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Bringing Out the Best in Others – Education Article

It’s no secret that great cultures bring out the best in people and in turn, this leads to systemwide success. Success is a fickle thing, though. There might be specific indicators that are used to quantify whether an organization is good or even great, but there is no set recipe that I know of as to how to accomplish this feat. What I do know is that it is not the result of one person or department. When change happens…

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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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