Why White Students Need Multicultural and Social Justice Education – Education Article

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash   Listen to the interview with Sheldon Eakins: Sponsored by PowerSchool and ViewSonic   These last few weeks have been especially difficult for me as the news continues to reflect that racism still exists in 2020. I’ve witnessed video footage of Ahmaud Arbery shot and killed while jogging, George Floyd murdered by the police, and Christian Cooper harassed while bird watching in Central Park. As we think about the next generation of adults we are influencing, particularly…

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Reopening School: What It Might Look Like – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by PowerSchool and ViewSonic   I don’t need to give you much background here: As you all know, schools have been closed worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the same way that cities are at various stages of reopening businesses, schools are doing the same thing, or at least thinking about how it might work.  We all know that unless someone develops a vaccine soon, school just can’t be…

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Let the Pandemic be the Mother of Innovation in Schools – Education Article

The school year is winding down and the states are opening up. Some people are wondering how this summer is going to shape up. Will we be traveling? Having backyard barbecues? Going to the beach? Will we see a resurgence of COVID 19? Educators (and parents), however, are looking toward the fall. Will schools reopen? Will we be teaching remotely again? Will there be a mixture of the two?  I assert that we must not return to the same educational…

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Getting Through: Being An Equity-Focused Leader – Education Article

By: Dedy Fauntleroy Every year I give my staff a survey about my leadership that asks two simple questions: What should I keep doing? What should I stop doing? What this survey lacks in specificity it compensates with unexpected gems unearthed by open-ended questions. But I have never included the word equity in this annual survey. So, in light of unprecedented leadership challenges, I tried using a version of this simple survey to self-reflect about the ways in which I…

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Lessons Learned From Remote Learning – SULS062 – Education Article

Last week we explored the remote learning situation from the student’s perspectives. This week I’m chatting with a highly-respected leader and author. Evan Robb has been a building level principal for over 20 years, and he’s sharing what this time has been like from his perspective, and lessons learned from remote learning. We all know that our administrators have been working hard to make the remote learning experience as smooth as possible. Now we can hear straight from Evan what…

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Becoming a Transformative Leader: Guide to Equitable Schools – Education Article

Becoming a Transformative Leader: A Guide to Creating Equitable Schools By Carolyn M. Shields(Routledge/Eye On Education, 2020 – Learn more) Reviewed by Chris Dransoff Becoming a Transformative Leader is a follow-up to a 2018 edition by Carolyn M. Shields and includes more “how to” elements of implementing what the author calls Transformational Leadership Theory (TLT) – really a call to addressing issues of equity and justice in our schools. Shields uses eight tenets to frame her explanation of TLT. The eight…

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Leading the New Normal with a Framework for Meaningful Digital Learning – Education Article

Education has forever been changed by the coronavirus and subsequent school closures. You have G Suite for Education at your school, and it helped your teachers survive home learning, but what’s next? Let’s explore ways to move forward into the “new normal,” of school. Digital learning is now more important than ever. In this webinar, I will share tips for survival now, what’s next, and a framework for meaningful digital learning that will take us to the next level. Join…

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Lessons from a Student Leader during a Global Pandemic and Beyond – USALessons from a Student Leader during a Global Pandemic and Beyond – Education Article

Being the president of my sorority has taught me about ways to thrive as a leader. I’ve learned a lot about myself in regard to my leadership strengths and weaknesses. Being a student leader on campus is not easy, especially when faced with unexpected events such as COVID-19. But here are the lessons I have learned since gaining my position.  Expect the unexpected This has been especially relevant for all student leaders during COVID-19. No matter how much planning and…

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Leading in a Remote Learning World – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Leading in a Remote Learning World Leading in a Remote Learning World It goes without saying that our teachers have done an incredible job when it comes to adapting to a remote learning world.  With little to no training, they are finding ways to make it work for their kids while overcoming a myriad of challenges in the process.  You could even say that they are the true leaders in a sense as their actions are leading…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past Thursday evening, on March 26, 2020, I shared a free online webinar titled, “Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online.” A recorded video of this 63 minute presentation is available on YouTube, and linked from the VIDEOS page of DesignCreateShare.com. The webinar description was: As we live more of our lives online via Internet-powered websites and apps, unfortunately cybercrime and malicious software programs continue to proliferate. In this 60 minute, interactive webinar, Dr. Wes Fryer will share a variety…

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Free resources for middle and high school. – Education Article

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.’s environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International offers its free environmental education resources to teachers, students, and families affected by school closings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Resources are available immediately via the EarthEcho Website: www.EarthEcho.org The resources, many of which are designed to satisfy national and state education standards, are a collection of live virtual events, recorded videos and short activities designed by teachers and EarthEcho’s education team to support high-quality experiential learning. Most of the videos…

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Does the new inspection framework trade off reliability against validity? – David Didau – Education Article

Yesterday I saw a thread on Twitter from headteacher Stuart Lock on the pros and cons of the new inspection framework: I realised in reading the discussion on twitter today what my problems are with the new @Ofstednews framework but why I think those issues were inevitable – and why it’s still the right bet. — Stuart Lock (@StuartLock) January 12, 2020 In it he discusses the idea that because the previous inspection framework relied heavily on schools’  results in…

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How to Find the Right Innovation Expert for Your District – Education Article

When confronted with an issue, sometimes all you need is to problem-solve with an expert in the field, someone who has traversed the challenges before you and come out the other side. But for schools and districts that are working to make learning more personalized, mastery-based, and supportive of whole child development, this is easier said than done — identifying the core challenges that your team is facing can be complex when you’re still new to the work, and it can…

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Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by World101 and Listenwise   Disclaimer 1: This post was written in the Spring of 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so a lot of the information here is discussed through the lens of distance learning launched by a global pandemic. I have attempted to broaden the lens beyond our current situation to take other distance-learning situations into account. Disclaimer 2: I recommend quite a few tech tools in this…

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How To Be Kind In #covid19 – Education Article

We can separate in physical distance, but we don’t have to be apart in heart. Let’s process our grieving emotions and come through understanding that we need to be physically distant, but we still need to be socially connected. First, let me tell you how I learned the lesson of staying away from people back in December. The week of Christmas 2019, I was suspected to have the flu. I took the flu test on Monday and tested negative, but…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The neo-Coronavius / COVID-19 crisis is upon us in the United States. As we grapple as teachers with how to maintain wellness and self-care for ourselves, our families, and our students, it’s important to consider how we can each become more connected to our educator colleagues around the world for support and idea sharing. In this post, I’ll highlight three powerful ways we can each become more digitally connected during this crisis, while still maintaining healthy boundaries and screentime limits.…

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