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The Tail Wagging The Dog – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What silly reasons drive good people out of the teaching profession? Until someone in the Department for Education (or Ofsted) has the gusto to pull the plug on all of this nonsense, we can expect our education system to continue in a mindless and self-fulfilling loop for another generation. Imagine two schools … Imagine you are a teacher working in a school (A). You may find yourself lucky enough to be working in a culture in…

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4 Tips For Valuing Your Staff – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can we truly value our staff? The official hours for teachers are 8.30am – 4.00pm, but I am yet to meet a teacher who sticks to those. Staff come in early to set up the outdoor areas, come rain or shine. They give up lunchtimes to run clubs, they stay late to ensure that pupils get home safely and they sacrifice a lay in on a Saturday to enable pupils to attend special events. Staff…

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Where do you focus your attention for the growth of your organization? – The Principal of Change – Education Article

Have you ever done a presentation and get overwhelmingly positive feedback but also get the one negative, snarky comment that you just can’t get out of your mind? We have all been there in some form, and although we know it can be irrational we still get stuck on it.  We can learn from negative comments but we can also get lost in them. You can pay attention to the negative feedback, but you don’t have to dwell on it.…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This podcast features an almost-complete recording of Dr. Wesley Fryer’s keynote, “Inspiring Creativity and Curiosity with Media,” on November 18, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt at the second annual EduForum Conference. The keynote description was: “As automation and the disruptive march of technology continues into virtually every aspect of our lives, it is vital we cultivate both creativity and curiosity in our students. Many jobs and vocations of the future will require teamwork, collaboration, project management, and independent work skills historically…

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Bending the Arc of Human Potential – Education Article

“Talent is equally distributed but opportunity is not,” said Michael Moe (above) in his kickoff address to the GSV Leadership Summit at MIT. GSV is a new economy venture fund, accelerator and convenor. Over the last 10 years, the ASU-GSV Summit has become the most important meeting focused on innovations in learning. They hold several smaller meetings during the year, like the one in Cambridge last week, for edtech CEOs and investors. The summit kicked off with a design thinking exercise on strategies…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This past Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I had an opportunity to participate in a “mini-retreat” with colleagues from Casady School (@casadyschoolokc) at the Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma (@ouinnovationhub).This is a group of both faculty and staff, involved in supporting and teaching coding and computer science at different levels at our school. This morning on Saturday, I recorded an almost 10 minute narrated slideshow, reflecting on five things this mini-retreat encouraged me to consider and think about as we strive…

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Is My School Better BECAUSE I Lead It? – Education Article

Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It?By Baruti K. Kafele(ASCD, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Frank J. Hagen Is my school a better school because I lead it? This is a direct question that one might expect to be answered in the affirmative by many, if not all, current school leaders. However, an affirmative response was unfortunately not the reaction received by Baruti Kafele as he traveled around the United States on a book promotional tour.…

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Improving Access to Healthcare at School to Reduce Absenteeism – Education Article

As a first-generation college student, Josh Golomb was planning on medical school. After college, he ran an AmeriCorp sponsored program at a medical school for high schools students. His grandmother, who came from Mexico, raised nine children. She instilled an ethic of service in the family. In 2004, Josh co-founded a business focused on kidney disease and gained experience with building a patient-centric model. In 2013, he took over leadership of home care provider Paladina Health, another opportunity to improve…

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Sparking Joy: Marie Kondo in the Classroom – Education Article

If you haven’t had the absolute pleasure of watching Netflix’s latest phenomenon, you simply must find the time to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. One lazy morning during maternity leave last month, I happened to click on it, and immediately I was hooked. I binge watched all eight episodes in two days. If you aren’t familiar with Kondo or her organizational Konmari Method, you are missing out. On the show, she enters people’s homes and helps them declutter their…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Today was our February professional development day at school, and David Mochel (@ApplyAttention) was our presenter on”Mindful Self-Regulation – The Practice of Wellbeing & Lifelong Learning.” David’s TEDx talk from 2016, “What Are You Practicing Right Now?” is excellent and overlapped quite a bit with messages he shared with our faculty and staff this morning and afternoon. As I’m now generally accustomed to do, I shared tweets on my main main professional Twitter channel (@wfryer) during the presentation today as David…

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Improving Organizational Culture: The What vs. The Why – Education Article

By: Janice Walton and Caroline Vander Ark Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing leadership and organizational culture tips that we have gleaned from our own experiences, the experiences of the Getting Smart team, and the experiences of our partners. The work we are all collectively embarking on, providing powerful learning experiences for all students, is incredibly important and we can’t do it alone. We need strong, healthy leadership and organizations if we want to achieve our goals…

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How to think like a leader – Education Article

Schools are experiencing a dramatic shift from how they’ve been run and structured for over a century. Leaders must establish direction, influence others, and initiate sustainable change as they navigate the ever-evolving landscape of education. Such leadership requires a dynamic combination of positive mindset, influential behaviors, and effective skills. Stepping into a leader role requires a change in thinking from “How can I be the best for me?” to “How can I be the best to help my people do…

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The Importance of Being a Mentor and Having a Mentor – Education Article

Mentoring is a very important part of what we “engage” in as educators. Whether we serve as a mentor to a colleague or a student, or perhaps we seek out a mentor to help us with challenges or simply to have a system of support in our personal and professional lives, it has a tremendous impact. Whether or not we even realize it at times, we are all serving as a mentor to someone. Recently a colleague stopped in to…

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Changing the 4Rs in Education means jumping hurdles – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Humans don’t like change. It takes us time to adapt to any situation and once we’re comfortable, any change is the treat to our comfort and safety. Any change has to jump the multiple hurdles such as fear, comfort, prejudice, assumptions, new understandings, and existing habits. In schools, change challenges teachers the most and each person has a uniquely variation of these hurdles. Parents generally go for any education that keeps their children happy and keen. Most parents are optimistic…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Next week many public school teachers in Oklahoma are staging a walkout to gather in Oklahoma City at our capitol. There are multiple goals for different teachers and educator groups for the walkout, and securing a pay raise from the state (which has not happened in 10 years, not even a cost of living increase) is one of them. The walkout is not just about teacher salaries, however. The Oklahoma teacher walkout is also about repeated cuts to other state…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This week in Oklahoma has felt a little like Arab Spring in the midwest of the USA. I traveled to Egypt in November 2017 to speak at an educational conference, and the conversations I had with a family friend during that visit about the populist uprising in Tahrir Square which led to the mixed results of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution have been on my mind frequently ever since. Last week in Oklahoma City, thousands of public school teachers from around our…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

These are my notes from the breakout session “Digital Health and Wellness: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach” at the 2018 ATLIS Conference in Washington D.C. on April 16, 2018. Presenters were by Jenni Swanson Voorhees (@jsvoorhees), Richard Griffith (@doctorgriffith), and Angela Smith (@angelasmith21), from Sidwell Friends (@SidwellFriends). Presentation resources are available on the Google Doc linked on bit.ly/SFSDigLit. #ATLISac The room was packed to hear about our K-12 Digital Health & Wellness cirriculum @AngelaSmith21 @doctorgriffith pic.twitter.com/aeYIgfEmYO — Jenni S. Voorhees (@jsvoorhees) April 16, 2018 Session……

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

These are my notes, tweets and re-tweets from Donna Orem’s opening keynote at the 2018 ATLIS Conference in Washington D.C. The title of her keynote was “Innovating in the Fast Lane: The Role for Technology Leaders in the Coming Decade.” Donna is the President of the National Association of Independent Schools. The description of her keynote was: Accelerated change is the forecast for the next decade. From Artificial General Intelligence to digital platforms, emerging technologies are altering the context in which independent schools…

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Master Teacher, Master Learner – The Principal of Change – Education Article

The comment below is one I received from a teacher on the “Innovator’s Instagram Book Study” going on right now: For some reason, I burst into tears. To know someone has been in the profession for 37 years and is still pushing themselves to grow is a testament to so many great educators who do way more for kids and learning than they will ever be given credit. I have challenged this myth that as teachers get older in their…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Welcome to episode 461 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer, from March 18, 2018. This podcast features an introductory overview about instructional coaching and technology integration coaching specifically, drawing on the author’s experiences in this role with teachers since the late 1990s. In addition to defining instructional coaching, keys to successful instructional coaching experiences for mentor teachers as well as coaches are highlighted, as well as “lessons learned.”  The second part of the podcast features an…

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How A Global Tech Giant Is Becoming A Learning Leader – Education Article

After a degree in chemical engineering, Ravi Kumar’s first job was working on power sector reforms as a nuclear scientist in Orissa, India. After a master’s in finance at Xavier (in eastern India), Kumar worked in consulting and technology. After selling CRM solutions across southeast Asia, Kumar joined Infosys in Hyderabad (in southern India) in 2002 as a senior vice-president. In the fast-paced tech sector, “Diverse backgrounds like mine absolutely help,” said Kumar from his New York office. Now president and chief…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Yesterday I was blessed by the opportunity to attend and participate in day 2 of the 2018 LearnFest (@theLearnFest) Conference in Austin, Texas. LearnFest, or “The Learning Festival,” is Carl Hooker‘s (@mrhooker) new iteration of iPadPalooza. LearnFest joins a very short, personal list of top quality, amazing educational technology professional development events. These include The Mobile Learning Experience in Arizona (@tonyvincent and @azk12), Miami Device in Florida (@felixjacomino), UnPlug’d in Ontario (@thecleversheep), and the Willowood Technology Summit (@nctplarry) in Texas. Unfortunately those…

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Teacher pay is not about the classroom – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Teaching in New Zealand, I feel I’m in a strong position to talk about links, or the lack of, between teacher pay and quality education. This is because, as a country, we have been ranked as the world overall number one system, while at the same time being listed by the OECD as one of the worst spenders on teacher salary. So, does this prove there’s no link? No, but it proves that providing quality education is a more complicated…

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Creating a More Inclusive School Community Starts With Intentional Support for Teachers – Education Article

By: Nichelle Bowes, Ed.D I moved to the United States from Guyana when I was 12 years old. From the time that I disembarked the plane at JFK Airport in New York, I knew my life would be different, and it was in many ways. One of the ways that stood out most was my school experience. In Guyana, I had been surrounded by teachers who shared my experience, many of them Black women who shared my cultural traditions, values,…

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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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When There’s a Will There’s a Way – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Kid-Centric Schools: When There’s a Will There’s a Way Kid-Centric Schools: When There’s a Will There’s a Way When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal. To get a better gist of the main focus…

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‘Short Hair’, Suggests Some Don’t Care! – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes Is it time for schools to ‘get real’ with some of their rules? Being a man with a shaved head, as a school leader, I would have found it very difficult to exclude a child for having shaved hair. Worse? For excluding a child and claiming that “a hairstyle will detract from learning” – is highly dubious and a poor proxy. Dodgy school policy? Schools with archaic uniform policies need to get real. Of course, there…

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Discussing ClassenSAS Future at Northeast Academy in OKCPS – Education Article

Today Shelly and I spent 2 1/2 hours at Northeast Academy in Oklahoma City Public Schools, attending an OKCPS sponsored information event for parents, students and families. On January 22, 2019, OKCPS district officials presented the “Pathway to Greatness” proposal at the monthly board meeting, which includes 3 different options for closing, consolidating, and relocating multiple schools in the district. As a point of reference, OKCPS currently serves 46,000 students and after these proposed closures, I think the number of…

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A Principal’s Reflections: TTWWADI – A Culture Killer – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: TTWWADI – A Culture Killer TTWWADI – A Culture Killer In some cases, change has been hard to implement at scale or at all for that matter.  Sometimes we are blinded by perceived success as is the case for many high performing school districts that have high test scores. A question that typically will materialize is why to change if we are already doing so well.  Success is often in the eye of the beholder based on…

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Killing Classen SAS in Oklahoma City Public Schools – Education Article

This past Tuesday evening, January 22, 2019, the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools gave an important and divisive presentation to the OKCPS board and community. I was not able to attend in person, but did view the livestream on YouTube along with our middle daughter, who just graduated from ClassenSAS last year in 2018. Our son is a 2016 graduate of ClassenSAS. Our youngest daughter attended ClassenSAS as a sixth grader in 2015-16. There are (and now “were”) many…

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