Leadership and Vision

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy | @mcleod – Education Article

Back in October I blogged that CASTLE and I were launching a 7-day Innovation Academy for school leaders in North Dakota. Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling. I thought it might be time for a quick update… We are three days into the Innovation Academy, with Day 4 coming up…

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Podcast – How to take our leadership and teaching to new levels | @mcleod – Education Article

January 23, 2019 by Scott McLeod I recently had the good fortune to talk with Aaron Maurer, an amazing Iowa educator who I’m proud to call friend. Aaron also received one of ISTE’s 2018 Making It Happen Awards! Aaron invited me to participate in his Coffee for the Brain podcast and the end result is below. Happy listening! … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod) Read Full Article

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Leadership challenges for Tony Sinanis | @mcleod – Education Article

December 7, 2018 by Scott McLeod 0 Comments Tony Sinanis asked a few of us to send him some (relatively quick) leadership challenges for his district’s school administrators. Here are the three I came up with today: What three would you submit? … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod) Read Full Article

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It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough. | @mcleod – Education Article

Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates. On Tuesday, Lewis said the current system already penalizes students by not actually preparing them for success. “When we give them a diploma without ensuring that they have basic skills and they go to post-secondary education and they hit a brick wall – when they get into those…

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Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND… | @mcleod – Education Article

Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on. As school leaders we’re proud of – and point to – that cutting-edge work and rightfully so. But we also have to recognize that pockets of innovation mean that inequities exist. What if you’re a student…

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If you want deeper learning… | @mcleod – Education Article

… you must have deeper teaching. You can’t get to deeper learning with worksheets and end-of-chapter review questions. You can’t get to deeper learning with self-paced adaptive learning modules that emphasize facts and procedures. You can’t get to deeper learning with multiple-choice software and apps. You can’t get to deeper learning without actually changing day-to-day lessons and units. You can’t get to deeper learning without shifting toward critical thinking, problem-solving, student agency, and authentic work. You can’t get to deeper…

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