leadership

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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Elevating the Work Across the Hallway #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

Check out the full podcast discussing these ideas on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes. The following excerpt is from “Innovate Inside the Box“: There is never harm in positively and authentically acknowledging the contributions the adults in our schools make. Don’t wait for someone to leave your building to appreciate them! Say good things about them now, right in front of them! As former NBA player Jalen Rose has said in the past, “People will bring flowers to your funeral but…

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Why interview feedback is a waste of time – David Didau – Education Article

A few years ago I wrote a series of posts on the subject of improving the interview process in schools: I thought I’d said all I needed to say of the subject of school interviews. Then a few days ago I responded to a tweet about providing unsuccessful candidates with post-interview feedback suggesting it was a waste of time: Feedback on unsuccessful interviews is valueless. It’s all polite variants rationalising why your face didn’t fit. Of no use in future…

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10 priorities for K-12 IT leaders – Education Article

School districts are moving to highly digital ecosystems, and K-12 IT leaders have more and more to manage to ensure that teaching and learning can go on uninterrupted by failing or clunky technology. CoSN’s annual IT Leadership Survey offers critical insight into what’s expected of today’s K-12 IT leaders. The survey’s findings help to identify areas where IT leaders might need more support and assistance as they work tirelessly to meet the IT needs of administrators, teachers, and students. Related…

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Why People Keep Going – George Couros – Education Article

You might have seen the below picture below by Anna Vital on “Why People Give Up”:   Any single one of those reasons are things that can set us back.  They have set me back often.  I actually can take every idea listed above and think of a particular time that it caused me to give up, either personally or professionally temporarily. So let’s take the ideas above and shift them to a different way of thinking. The above image is about a…

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Switching it Up to Move Forward – George Couros – Education Article

Success can lead to failure. The Blockbuster video example has been used over and over again because it is a great cautionary tale of how success can lead to comfort, and comfort can eventually lead to failure. I was asked recently to share what makes a successful school, and my answer was the same as it has been before.  Successful schools appreciate and celebrate their success, but they never stay stagnant because of it.  If learning is the goal of…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

“Fair Use” provisions of U.S. copyright law as they pertain the creation and sharing of multimedia by students and teachers in schools present important topics which are sometimes still misunderstood by educators at different levels. In this post, I’m going to share an excellent “fair use” example of a student and teacher created remix song and video, based on the Disney song “In the Jungle” from The Lion King, at an Oklahoma school. I’ll also share a recent news headline…

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Can observation pro formas be used well? – David Didau – Education Article

Should observers waltz into lessons armed with a clipboard full of hoops they hope to see teachers jump through? No, probably not. Some years ago I wrote about my preference for how lessons should be observed: The point of a lesson observation should not be to see whether a teacher is slavishly following a checklist, rather it should be to tease out how effectively they are teaching the students in front of them to master specific curriculum goals. Who cares…

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3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your School or Classroom #Podcast – George Couros – Education Article

“We are developing the leaders of tomorrow!” This statement has excellent intentions, but it also assumes that students can’t make a significant impact in our world today. What are some of the mindsets and actions that we can take within education to ensure that we develop our students as leaders immediately so that they can make an impact on the world that we live in right now? In this podcast that revisits the November 2018 post, I will dive deeper…

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5 Starters for a Strong Team @coolcatteacher – Education Article

You can’t always pick your team but you can start helping your team come together and work like one. Jamy Bechler, host of the Success is a Choice podcast shares five ways to start building a strong team today. From knowing your purpose to developing leaders, adding value, connecting, and sharing responsibility – learn some lifelong principles of leadership. Sponsor: Discovery Education Today’s podcast is sponsored by Discovery Education. They have two STEM challenges running now. The Stanley Black and…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The Oklahoman, our largest Oklahoma City based newspaper by circulation, published a scathing article today about Norman Public Schools’ new MacBook Air and iPad “1 to 1 Learning” initiative. The article is titled, “‘They want them gone’: Norman parents complain of school devices.” In case The Oklahoman puts this article behind their paywall as they often do by the time you read this post, here is a link to an Internet Archive Wayback Machine copy. For those of you unfamiliar…

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The Top 10 Secrets of an Awesome Tech Coach – Education Article

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED: In this FREE download, you will find tips, ideas, and resources to help you maximize your impact as a coach! CONTENTS   Secret #1: Relationships are EVERYTHING!   Secret #2: Listen More (Talk Less)   Secret #3: Plan & Organize Your Time   Secret #4: Manage Your To-Do List   Secret #5: Keep Meticulous Notes   Secret #6: Plan Meaningful Professional Development   Secret #7: Show Not Tell   Secret #8: Try Alternative PD   Secret #9:…

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