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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning

Making Learning Meaningful: 6 Priorities For Whole Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"We recently discovered the Bay Area’s Prospect Sierra School’s interesting learning model that prioritizes 6 ideas for learning in the 21st century. There is, of course, no single “best” way to pursue “21st century learning”–nor any learning at all for that matter. But seeing the way other inspired educators pursue the idea can teach each one of us a lot. In this model, we appreciate the inclusion of self-knowledge, as well as moving past the idea of content to true disciplinary knowledge–seeing knowledge in context and application."


Via Beth Dichter, bill woodruff
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There is no single best way to learn which suggests teaching remains central in the process.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 26, 9:22 PM

This post shares another visual that provides one model of learning in the 21st century. Specifically, it prioritizes six ideas:

* Disciplinary Knowledge - "Build and apply content knowledge to think deeply and act as a practitioner of the discipline"

* Self-Knowledge - "Experiment and create, while embracing failure as an opportunity for growth in order to design new ideas and solutions."

* Innovation Creation - "Recognize one’s emotional, physical, and learning needs, strengths, and challenges to nurture personal growth and resilience"

* Collaboration - "Share knowledge and resources, building on a diversity of ideas and experiences to achieve group goals and interdependence"

* Responsibility - "Understand one’s impact and influence in a local and global community; cultivate compassion, and take positive action"

* Communication - "Express ideas effectively through varied means of presentation; understand one’s audiences, actively listen; and build connection"

Additional information on each of these six ideas is included in the post.

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Getting Parents Involved in Schools

Getting Parents Involved in Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Parent involvement continues to challenge practitioners engaged in school reform despite being a required component of many school improvement initiatives-from Title I Schoolwide Programs to federally mandated school improvement plans. The benefits of parent involvement are clear: A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves not only student behavior and attendance but also positively affects student achievement.

Via Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is a great article. I would add do not let the bureaucrats and technocrats get involved.

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Sharrock's curator insight, March 4, 2:55 PM

excerpt: "Of course, the use of any strategy must be tailored to the school's population. If families don't have reliable access to the Internet, e-mail won't work. A phone message in English won't communicate much to parents who speak only Spanish. The bottom line for schools is to communicate using strategies that convey what is important in a way that can be heard by parents and families and invites them to respond."

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Educational Leadership - Expecting Excellence: Rigor Redefined

Educational Leadership - Expecting Excellence: Rigor Redefined | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via John R. Walkup, Sharrock
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I like the word vigour. It fits with life. I agree we need new education and that is not a new package with technology as the add-on. It is a whole new way of thinking i.e. a Kuhnian paradigm shift.

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John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 27, 12:40 PM

A short article on rigor, with input from industrial managers.  The role of questioning in rigor is raised, as well as collaboration, leadership, agility, adaptibility, initiative, entrepreneurialism, oral/written communication, accessing/analyzing information, and curiousity/imagination.

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What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?

What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

'Learning thrives on error'

"Among all the influences that can make a profound difference in student learning is how we think about our role!  So, start with looking inward and ask about the mind frames you have as an educator. 

It is through these mind frames that we make decisions in the classroom and school, and it is argued that educators highly imbued with these mind frames are among the high impact educators."


Via Beth Dichter, Dean J. Fusto
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

Teachers need to recast themselves as learners alongside students. The days of the expert are behind us despite the advent of TED talks and other media where we still seem to think the sage on the stage is the way to impart knowledge, wisdom, and truth. There are moments for that, but learning is very relational, contingent, contextual, and personal.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 15, 2:30 PM

This is a great article and seems to be based on the same ideas that Carol Dwek's Mindset relies on. Worth a read. 

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What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?
Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 27, 5:48 PM

I like the approach of "walking in their shoes" to describe how educators effect an interest in learning.

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19 Proven Tips for Getting Parents Involved at School

19 Proven Tips for Getting Parents Involved at School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Experts agree that parent involvement in their children's education is one of the biggest predictors of student success. This guide offers 19 proven strategies for increasing family engagement and str

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I invited parents into my classroom, listened to them, and allowed them to be directly involved in their children's education as children's first pedagogues. It works when done authentically and providing meaningful opportunities.

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Building a Culture of Employee Appreciation

Building a Culture of Employee Appreciation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How Datotel overhauled its employee-appreciation, -recognition, and -incentive programs

Via GSL Team, Tessie Uranga-MSEd.
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We all want to be valued and appreciated. It does not take much. The word recognition becomes re-cognition as employees feel they are part of a community. One educator I know of used to leave little notes for staff. Since she has moved on to become a central office person we see little of that from her and other "leaders".

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Leadership Turns On the Lights

Leadership Turns On the Lights | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have worked with people who seemed to think their authority came from keeping the rest of us in the dark. They told us only what they thought we needed to know. They withheld information that would have helped us do a better job.

Via Ryan Hines, Sharrock
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

It is a great metaphor. It is not just leaving people in the dark it is about surprising them as well. With the lights on we have a chance to see where the next step might land.

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Sharrock's curator insight, January 29, 1:18 PM

Transparency is more complex than people tend to believe. It applies to how information/data is chosen, why it is relevant to the problem solving and decision making. Transparency also applies to the processes of problem solving, related concerns, laws/regulations/policies restricting certain actions, and can include domain specific conventions and strategies that may not be easily grasped in a sentence or two. Charts and graphs are only a small piece to the facilitation of transparency.