leadership

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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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The United States is not only engaged in a new “Tech Cold War” against China and Russia, we are also under information influence attack from foreign as well as domestic adversaries who are aggressively working to build “followers” on Facebook and other social media platforms they can use to exert unconstitutional influence on our political processes, as well as malicious influence on our national culture. Among other things, these groups are working to make our political culture and daily conversations…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This weekend I had the privilege and opportunity to fully experience “paperless debate” at the UT Austin Longhorn Classic Debate Tournament, as an adult chaperone for our high school debate team at Casady School. In this post, I’d like to reflect on what these experiences suggest, reveal and invite when it comes to student learning, teaching, and “the classroom of the future.” I judged five novice cross-examination debate rounds on Friday afternoon / evening and Saturday at the tournament. This…

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A Good Plan Requires Great Execution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: A Good Plan Requires Great Execution A Good Plan Requires Great Execution When we think about change, more often than not, a plan is developed, implemented, and evaluated with the goal being improvement. The journey to improve is a process that requires various strategies that are aligned to a specific focus as outlined in a mission statement or vision document that describes the why. Most schools, districts, and organizations have both. The details on how to achieve…

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On the Path to “Purpose” – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Just some thinking out loud…I have no idea where this is going, but I am “writing to learn” not only to share my learning. This excerpt from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” was just reshared with me on Twitter, and it sparked some of my thinking. An artist had his easel set up on a street when a person walked by and asked how much it would cost to have a portrait drawn. “Fifty dollars,” said the artist. The patron…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

I’m genuinely confused and troubled by the political polarization we see and experience in different ways in our culture, and I’m trying to better understand these dynamics. There are multiple reasons for the fear, anger, and frustration which individuals and different groups feel today. Some of these factors include the emergence of “identity politics,” changing demographics, the power of social media to amplify outlier, vitriolic voices, the general decline of Christendom in the West, and the emergence of a 24/7…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past Wednesday, I had the remarkable good fortune to hear National Geographic Explorer Andres Ruzo (@georuzo) share a fantastic and inspiring presentation at school for all our 6th graders. Andres is the brother of one of our French teachers, and is a geothermal scientist conducting research in the Peruvian Amazon Basin in an area known as “the boiling river.” He is a fantastic storyteller, and I was both enthralled and mesmerized to hear his stories of adventure, exploration, and…

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The Stages of Innovative Change – Education Article

Change isn’t coming as it is already on our doorstep. Granted, this has been the case for thousands of years thanks to either discoveries such as fire and cultivated crops or inventions that led to the creation of electricity, manufacturing, and expeditious travel. No organization or system in any field is impervious to this fact when one looks at a myriad of disruptive forces at play in society. In the case of education, the choice is to either adapt or…

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Larry Rosenstock: 2019 WISE Award-Winner – Education Article

At this year’s World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar, there were over 3,000 attendees from over 100 different countries. Everyone gathered together to discuss innovations in global education and celebrate the trailblazers dedicated to quality learning for all. This year, the prestigious WISE Prize was awarded to Larry Rosenstock, founder of High Tech High (HTH) — one of the preeminent innovative schools in the world. For decades, Larry has been committed to empowering student voice, pushing the limits of project-based…

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Great Leaders Embrace Multiple Styles – Education Article

We have all heard the saying don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It represents a sound piece of advice for any leader, especially in the field of education.  The reason being is that a person in a position of power or influence should not concentrate all efforts in one area since initiating and sustaining change requires a dynamic mashup of strategies. The bottom line here is that if all of your resources and energy focus on just one…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

A lot of adults are very upset there are so many digital screens in so many places today, especially in the hands of teenagers and pre-teens. This frustration and anxiety can manifest itself in multiple ways. In this post, I want to advocate for the idea that our frustration with screens and “screentime challenges” should be articulated to young people not as the message “screens are evil and you are bad when you look at your screen,” but rather encouragement…

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Insecure Leaders Point Blame Everywhere but Themselves – Education Article

There are many opinions as to what constitutes effective leadership, something that I have written about extensively over the years. However, my perspective is just from one lens. I often pose a question on what is it that great leaders do in the workshops I facilitate, and many consistent characteristics emerge. Some of the top responses where there is consensus include communicate, listen, innovate, have a vision, risk-taking, and focus on relationships. It is tough to argue that any of…

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How Good Leaders Connect and Inspire – Education Article

Putting Teachers First: How to Inspire, Motivate, and Connect with Your StaffBy Brad Johnson(Routledge/Eye On Education, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Brad Latzke When I moved into a leadership position long ago, I made a conscious decision to push all my leadership chips to the center of the table and bet on relationships. Brad Johnson’s book, Putting Teachers First: How to Inspire, Motivate, and Connect with Your Staff, takes a similar view and brings to life a myriad of…

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Surround Yourself With Those that Make You Better – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Katie Novak and I had a chance to discuss some of the concepts from our book, Innovate Inside the Box, on the below webinar with CAST.  It is an hour-long if you are interested in watching it. Here is the full webinar below: Here are a few things that I wanted to highlight from the video: 1. I was asked what my background in UDL was, and my answer essentially, “Katie is my background.” Katie taught me a lot about UDL through…

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