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Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed

Is Your School or District Ready for PBL? 12 Deep Changes Needed | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Via Amy Burns, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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The major requirements brought about by Common Core require changes in pedagogy, too. Here are 12 tips for you to consider as you move forward.

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Amy Burns's curator insight, August 12, 2013 6:55 AM

Are you ready for PBL?  Great insights shared.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 23, 9:33 PM

Yes, students do have choice. What happens when they decide not to learn? Teachers remain important and vital in working with all students and not just as guides who help the self-directed ones who, themselves, need more direct help.

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4 Questions That Will Change the Way You Lead

Ready to help yourself (and your team) deliver breakthrough results? Ask these four questions to change your idea of what it will take.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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8 Smart Things Super-Productive People Do Each Morning

8 Smart Things Super-Productive People Do Each Morning | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

The super producers know how to start their day and finish tasks, even before lunch. This sets the tone they need to stay productive all day.


Via Bobby Dillard, Dean J. Fusto
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Administrators: Keep Balance in Your Life!

Administrators: Keep Balance in Your Life! | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
A little over a year ago, I published a blog post on ASCD Edge about what I termed the “Administrative Tightrope”.  The post focused on the need for balance, and how it is very easy to get swept up...

Via NASSP Center for New Principals
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NASSP Center for New Principals's curator insight, December 9, 11:05 AM

The pre-holiday energy and chaos in your school can make 'balance' a huge challenge.  Check this out!

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High principal turnover leaves schools adrift | Deseret News National

High principal turnover leaves schools adrift | Deseret News National | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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Leadership for APs

Leadership for APs | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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Three great opportunities to get some valuable professional development

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Don't miss these opportunities! They are in three regions and very inexpensive.

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21 Unmistakable Traits of a Heart-Centered Leader

21 Unmistakable Traits of a Heart-Centered Leader | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

So, what does it take to be a heart-centered leader? If the following 21 traits sound familiar, you may be well on your way to a form of leadership driven by the principles of authenticity and integrity rather than the pursuit of profit at any and all cost.


Via Patti Kinney
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These traits are particularly appropriate for school leaders. 

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Principal: 'I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity and alignment to the Common Core standards.'

Principal: 'I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity and alignment to the Common Core standards.' | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

"I have asked my staff to focus on two things this year: equity in the classroom and deepened alignment to the Common Core standards."


"The “trick” in the 2014-2015 school year is for our school to understand that the adopted standards inform an aspect of our students experience of their educational path, but that the whole journey has to be devised, created, and implemented by our team. We could make that journey single-minded and not embrace the diversity within our community or we can make that journey a robust one; one that pauses for clarity, embraces difficult conversations, and encourages the development of cultural competencies in all of our community members."


Via Mel Riddile
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Practitioner's account of the challenges he faces and how he perceives changing mind sets 

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, November 23, 8:38 AM

Principal: "I have learned the most difficult thing to do as a leader is shift mindsets. I am charged with shifting our staff’s mindset"

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A Leadership Rule Every Boss Should Know

Great leaders are role models for building strong relationships. This rule of thumb makes relationship-based leadership easy.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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We all know that we should model the behavior we want to see. This article provides a scientific basis for why we should do this.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 17, 1:00 PM

It is interesting and good to see Gottman's research and work making its way to a broader audience. Relationships are at the core of working with people. We need to do more than pay lip service to this point.

 

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Tony Adams's curator insight, November 23, 3:22 PM
This is really interesting. Have you ever wondered why it is that people mimic their role models? The notion of "mirror neurons" is intriguing - it means that we can build strong relationships through practising positive behaviours, whilst destroying relationships through negative behaviour. But the really neat thing is that our behaviour helps relationships between our team members. "Similarly, it's common knowledge that a great leader is always good at building strong relationships, not just between him- or herself and individual team members, but also between the team members themselves.""Put another way, a leader who's good at building relationships acts as a role model to show team members how to build better relationships between and among themselves. The result is a cohesive team that's easy to lead."When it all boils down, act in a positive way and your audience will respond positively. Simple.
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Strong leadership goes beyond the merely cosmetic - The National

Strong leadership goes beyond the merely cosmetic - The National | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
We all have the potential to be a leader whether it's setting up a innovative new company, taking charge in the workplace or introducing social change that benefits our community.
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"Be the change."  A hallmark of real leadership is that behind the passion and energy, the leader walks the walk.

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15 Magic Things Great Leaders Say Every Day

According to author Frank Sonnenberg, character matters. Reveal your true character through the words you say to your employees.
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Born in humility , these phrases should become part of you leadership dynamic. 

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18 Things Great Principals Do Differently

18 Things Great Principals Do Differently | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Via Grant Montgomery, Dean J. Fusto
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Nice info graphic

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Christmas stricken from school calendar after Muslims ask for equal treatment

Christmas stricken from school calendar after Muslims ask for equal treatment | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Md. county officials voted to remove all religious holidays after requests to include the holy day Eid al-Adha.
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In a rush to be inclusive, has this district succeeded only in alienating most of its stakeholders?  What is your district doing when requests for additional religious holidays are made? 

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Professional development takes off on Twitter

Professional development takes off on Twitter | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Twitter has become the new education conference—and it’s in session all day, every day of the year, some educators now say.

Principals, teachers, tech experts and other educators have created dozen
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From  general education  PLNs to specific grades or content, there is a twitter  community waiting for you and it's worth your time and effort to participate. 

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Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader

Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong, Ivon Prefontaine, Dean J. Fusto
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Leadership is so much more than getting things done quickly. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 11, 10:04 PM

I am reading Habermas and this fits with what he speculated. Efficiency is not problematic per se, but it is when the focus is exclusively on efficiency.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 11, 11:42 PM

effectiveness or people focus (getting the right things done by others) trumps any day efficiency or task focus (doing things in right way for maximum production/ RoI). 

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Lead People to Believe in Themselves

Lead People to Believe in Themselves | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
When you believe in people, you get people to believe in themselves. And when that happens you can achieve great things together.

Via Anne Leong, Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Sílvia Dias, Dean J. Fusto
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Principals: Best Investment of 5 Big Ideas to Improve Education | Forbes

Principals: Best Investment of 5 Big Ideas to Improve Education | Forbes | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Forbes challenged experts to single out five big ideas that could Make U.S. school kids
tops in the world. Then we quantified The costs and
benefits. Behold: an ROI-driven
turnaround plan for our children (With a $225 Trillion Dividend).

Via Mel Riddile
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"FORBES sought to spur debate by quantifying the seemingly unquantifiable. We set out to determine the costs and benefits of taking U.S. schoolkids from their middling global rankings to top five in the world, as measured by math scores and rates for high school graduation, college entry and four-year college completion."


Enhanced School Leadership was, by far, the lowest investment, but had the highest rate of return.


In other words, if funds are limited, spend them on principals.


Of the five proposals, School Leadership was, by far, the best investment to make in improving schools.

  1. Teacher Efficacy/Salaries - Cost-$4.8 Trillion ROI - 12X
  2. Universal Pre-K - Cost $1.1 Trillion ROI - 34X
  3. School Leadership - Cost $11Billion ROI - 5,551X
  4. Blended Learning - Cost $43 Billions ROI - 746X
  5. Common Core Standards - Cost $185 Billion  ROI - 149X
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 10, 10:24 AM

"FORBES sought to spur debate by quantifying the seemingly unquantifiable. We set out to determine the costs and benefits of taking U.S. schoolkids from their middling global rankings to top five in the world, as measured by math scores and rates for high school graduation, college entry and four-year college completion."


Enhanced School Leadership was, by far, the lowest investment, but had the highest rate of return.


In other words, if funds are limited, spend them on principals.


Of the five proposals, School Leadership was, by far, the best investment to make in improving schools.

  1. Teacher Efficacy/Salaries - Cost-$4.8 Trillion ROI - 12X
  2. Universal Pre-K - Cost $1.1 Trillion ROI - 34X
  3. School Leadership - Cost $11Billion ROI - 5,551X
  4. Blended Learning - Cost $43 Billions ROI - 746X
  5. Common Core Standards - Cost $185 Billion  ROI - 149X
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Great PD Opportunities Re: Leadership for AP's

Great PD Opportunities Re: Leadership for AP's | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
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Don't miss these opportunities! They are in three regions and very inexpensive.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, December 2, 2:40 PM

Three great opportunities to get some valuable professional development

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5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology

5 Things to Share With Your Teachers About Educational Technology | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
We know that technology has changed education and it is only going to continue to do so. Teachers will not only accept these changes in technology, but will embrace them if they feel confident in the learning experience....
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Some advise for getting late adopters on board. 

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7 Books Every Leader Should Read, RE: Harvard Business School Professor

7 Books Every Leader Should Read, RE: Harvard Business School Professor | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Max Bazerman, an author and business psychology professor, came out with 7 book recommendations for leaders.

Via Bonnie Hohhof, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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Perhaps something to add to your wish list! 

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The 10 Principles Of The Future Manager

The 10 Principles Of The Future Manager | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Following up on my post around the 7 Principles of The Future Employee, I wanted to share another concept which is the 10 Principles of The Future Manager. When it comes to the future of work it’s not just employees that are changing, managers are also having to change the ways [...]
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A Leadership Secret For Today’s Distracted Leader

A Leadership Secret For Today’s Distracted Leader | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
When you’re in the room, be in the room. Here's why it is so important to be absolutely authentic in everything you say and do.

Via Anne Leong
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Excellent article for leaders in all fields. Like being a good listener, being in the room means you are honoring the people in your life. It helps both professional and personal relationships.

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What it really means to be a public school educator today

What it really means to be a public school educator today | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
Assistant principal: " Is anyone in Silicon Valley paying for their own office supplies? I can assure you they are not."

Via Patti Kinney
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This is a synopsis of an eloquent reply to Time magazine's cover story on bad teachers. As practitioners we know the majority of our  staff are not rotten apples. With ever more mandates and stressors out upon teachers, we leaders must work to ensure the few bad apples don't spoil the rest of them.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 15, 6:15 PM

Teaching is an important vocation. It is a calling. Without it, perhaps we would not have Silicon Valley.

 

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Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media

Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
A school leader shares his strategies for connecting his community via the school website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, WeChat, and staff blogs.

Via Suvi Salo, Ivon Prefontaine
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Social media is becoming our new communication method. Here are some tips on getting started in a number of formats. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 7:22 PM

When teachers and School managers use social media well and thoughtfully, they have the potential to get the message out. Social media combines with more traditional media to support information distribution.

 

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Halle Aux numeriques.com's curator insight, November 19, 9:45 AM

http://www.halleauxnumeriques.com

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An AP scenario: Mom says offensive question about "bootie" went too far

An AP scenario: Mom says offensive question about "bootie" went too far | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
A Charlotte mother is expressing concern after a class assignment she considers offensive was given to high school students. Some say it has racial undertones.
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If you are in a school leadership position, chances are you've dealt with a situation like this. If you haven 't, you will. It is just this type of situation that can get out of hand and cause havoc with your public relatIons.  Obviously, prevention of offensive material is the best route, but it is not always obvious what might be offensive. A strong relationship with your parents is a great place to start and can help you get past misunderstandings. So can a little humility.

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How Showing Vulnerability Makes You A Better Leader

How Showing Vulnerability Makes You A Better Leader | Assistant Principal | Scoop.it
What you may think is a weakness can actually be a sign of strength. Why showing you're human can actually help your career.
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Part of shared leadership means you don't have to be the expert on everything, you don't have to hide flaws in your system. You can admit you or your school are vulnerable and get your staff to help problem solve. 

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