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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | 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 Robert Hubert
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It begins with adults reading to children and leads to children reading for the love of it.

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Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat

Why It's Time To Put Students In The Driver's Seat | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Think about how you or the people you work with approach the creation of a blended learning lesson plan. The first steps of coming up with and flushing out your initial idea. Then, scouring the web to find safe, factually accurate sites that are not blocked by your school filters and checking the fine print …

 

This method of teaching does require a certain amount of bravery. There is a very real chance that when a student asks you a question (How do I add media? How do I change the font? How do I import pictures? etc. etc.) you will have to say the dreaded “I don’t know”. But the neat thing is, your students are ok with this. You’re all learning as you go. More often than not another child in the class will be using the same site or will have at least used it before. If a classmate knows the answer, they can step into the role of teacher – from which much confidence is gained and leadership skills are learned.


Even the most reserved kid really enjoys teaching their teacher a trick or two. If no one knows the answer, they can collaborate to find the solution; an activity that provides important life skills with many real-world applications. All while leaving the initiative, process development and ownership of the learning itself right where it belongs, in the hands of the learners.


Gust MEES: I started with it in 2002 already and was a pioneer in my country, BUT I got BEST results! Make sure to work TOGETHER as a TEAM with the students, learners, create ALSO some groups where the BEST work together with the weakest. YOU will love it later and YOU will miss it as it gives YOU a direct feedback of WHAT THEY learned and YOU adjust on demand and necessity... WHEN the BEST feel boring, give THEM a special task to motivate THEM ;) ===> Adjust <===.


Concerning the questions from the students, please check my advice here:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/work-sheet-teachers-best-practiceshowto/



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I am not sure what is being suggested is putting students in charge. It is more about a complicated conversation between teachers and students about the subject matter. There is an in-between space where teachers and students meet.

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Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 3:40 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine Hi, give me some time (???), please and I will create a blog about how I did it ages ago (2002-2003), thanks. For the moment GO for #DeepTHINKing and try to find out (paper & notes & ideas) how You could realize it with your actual #ProfessionalDevelopment, make some #Brainstorming with THE #LEARNERS in mind ;) A good exercise ;) Let me know, thanks ;)
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, May 28, 2014 6:57 PM
Thank you Gust.
Gust MEES's comment, May 28, 2014 7:18 PM
@Ivon Prefontaine I will take it is a priority to create THAT blog, stay tuned, please ;)
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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.

Via Antonia Rudenstine
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This is an extreme form of home schooling and my experience was that many families did a terrific job with their children and the children responded positively. Having parents actively involved in their children's education can work in school when it is given a chance, but too many School managers have their way of doing things that do not welcome this.

 

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Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View'

Why Study Philosophy? 'To Challenge Your Own Point of View' | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Dr. J.L. Harter
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I have enjoyed gaining a PhD in philosophy. It broadens my way of interacting with the world and people.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 21, 1:53 PM

An interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex.


Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 25, 10:37 PM

Challenging your own point of view...getting at those beliefs we hold that hold us back or cloud our truth...I love Philosophy!

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This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time

This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sometimes, you just stare at the screen. You want to write but have no idea what to say. Here's a writing exercise that will get you writing every time.

Via Sharon Bakar, Sharrock, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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This makes sense. A strategy I use is to have some proofread my writing and then work at integrating what they provide as feedback. It often gets me started.

 

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SageRave's curator insight, April 25, 1:32 PM

Another writers block treatment. Enjoy!

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Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care

Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

What is Empathy?
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others, feel what they feel, and respond in helpful, compassionate ways. Children who are able to identify with and comfort others make friends more easily, generally perform better academically, and demonstrate a higher level of moral and emotional development.

 

How do we teach empathy?

Infants: (Birth to 1 yr.) ...Toddlers: (1-2yrs.) ... ( name feelings)Pre-schoolers: (3-5 Yrs....) (share) Ages 5 and up:... (model behaviors).


Model empathy...


Via Edwin Rutsch, Luciana Viter
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The article makes good points i.e. how adults interact with children and model empathy is important at all ages.

 

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Sophia Tara's curator insight, April 25, 12:55 PM

Model empathy: Above all, remember that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.  If we expect our children to grow into caring, empathetic adults we must model these behaviors. Let your children see your kind and thoughtful actions, hear you express your concern for the feelings of others, and demonstrate empathetic parenting. Listen carefully to your children and ask questions that help them clarify their thoughts and feelings. 

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leading and learning: Education Readings- Educational Reform?/ Alfie Kohn/ John Hattie!/ the good teacher / Carol Dweck and Elizebeth Moss Kanter.

leading and learning: Education Readings- Educational Reform?/ Alfie Kohn/ John Hattie!/ the good teacher / Carol Dweck and Elizebeth Moss Kanter. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There is some good reading in the list. The one about the mistakes that teachers make implementing technology is important. Some teachers and others who are no longer in the classroom, forget pedagogy and teaching are about leading and relating.

 

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Education Readings April 24th

Education Readings April 24th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz This week’s homework!   Wobbly no more: Work on analogical processing help...
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I am looking forward to reading the article about becoming a good teacher. It fits with my dissertation topic.

 

Also the article about John Hattie's research is interesting. Who would have thought that meta-analysis was problematic?

 

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leading and learning: Have we lost sight of the purpose of education - to create the conditions to ensure all students develop their creativity or is it about testing and accountablity?

leading and learning: Have we lost sight of the purpose of education - to create the conditions to ensure all students develop their creativity or is it about testing and accountablity? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The Robert Sternberg quotes are important to the article. They provide a different view of creativity; one that scares those in charge or think they are in charge.

 

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Re-connecting with our Inner Selves

Re-connecting with our Inner Selves | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some while ago, I stumbled upon an inspiring thought by Anne Lamott:
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
At that time, I had only considered this to be a really funny, witty thought-provoking sentence. Now, in the

Via Jenny Ebermann
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The Anne Lamott quote is accurate. We need a break from just doing and sometimes need to just be.

 

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2:51 PM

Do you know the feeling?

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No Student Is Unreachable

No Student Is Unreachable | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
No Student Is Unreachable: 4 Strategies To Reach Students That Don't Seem To Want To Be Reached

Via Kelly Christopherson
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With or without computers and the Internet, no student is unteachable.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 19, 4:38 PM

As educators, we sometimes get caught up with the actions of students and miss little things that could help us to connect with students. Relationships are not easy and in the fast-paced hectic schedule focused environment of schools, they sometimes become secondary to some of the other demands that teachers face. The article is a good reminder that, if we pay attention, no student is unreachable. 

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Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits

Stop Killing Your Creativity - Here Are 5 Culprits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ ou’re in the boardroom with your team, everyone is brainstorming ideas, and the whiteboard is turning into a work of erasable-marker art. But you’re reluctant to add creative input, even in a space designed to be free from judgment.”


Via Creativity For Life, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Mika Auramo
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In a day and age of more connectivity, is it not surprising that isolation appears on this list?

 

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, April 14, 9:35 AM

Although this is about business, there are some key links to some hurdles to overcome in our schools.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2:53 PM

#Mindfulness on the other hand as well as regular pauses, boost #creativity and #innovation!

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Do You Fail At Leadership?

Do You Fail At Leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Let’s take a break from tech and talent analytics and think about bosses. Good bosses make the news: consider Dan Price, the CEO in Seattle who was so moved by a study on happiness that he took an enormous salary pay cut to raise his employees pay to a live-able [...]

Via Anne Leong, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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In Alberta, we have an election going on. The politicians like to talk about everyone making a sacrifice. This is what it might actually look like.

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The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement

The Hierarchy of Needs for Employee Engagement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Roger Francis, Isabelle Mayor, Jenny Ebermann
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Only 15% reach self-actualization. I wonder how many never get beyond security? More importantly, what constrains those people? As well, we should not mistake people who are busy selling themselves and their limited ideas with anything but the security level.

 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 2, 6:07 AM

I've always been a fan of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and I really appreciate this "tweaked" model because it maps it very close to the principles of employee engagement. 


On the survival level, I would add "I can't retire" as a common sign of disengagement.  As a supervisor, I do all I can to engage many of these staff as they often provide great context and insight as to what has been done in the past and how efforts can be optimized in order to succeed the next time we try them.  



Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 20, 3:12 AM

Having worked in many engagement programmes over the years, fulfillment and decent treatment are really key for employees to feel motivated and happy at their workplace.

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Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children?

Can Self-Directed Learning Work for Underprivileged Children? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Student-centered learning has largely been the domain of middle class families. David Gribble found that less privileged children can thrive in these environments as well.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Self-directed learning does not mean an absence of teachers. It suggests teachers play a new role. It implies servant-leadership i.e. first amongst equals.

 

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 25, 6:31 PM

This is an interesting question. What will be available to them. What will empower them? What will excite them?

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These 4 Everyday Activities Can Easily Become A Mindfulness Exercise - Omvana

These 4 Everyday Activities Can Easily Become A Mindfulness Exercise - Omvana | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is hot right now. You may have seen Mindfulness on the front of Time Magazine, heard about mindfulness being used by staff at Google or maybe your health professional[...]

Via Pat Weber, Dr. J.L. Harter
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Just take time doing whatever is you are doing at any given time and devote your full attention to the task at hand.

 

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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 25, 10:33 PM

How often do we carry on absentmindedly? Here's some food for re-thinking the absence of mindfulness.

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Why All Managers Must Be Leaders

Why All Managers Must Be Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Anyone within an organization has the potential to become a leader, but managers must be leaders. In schools and in our organizations we have been taught and conditioned to believe that managers and leaders are two separate people which is quite a harmful assumption. As a result we have managers [...]

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The article echoes Peter Vaills work which suggests a concept called managerleader.

 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 29, 4:33 AM

on why being a manager should not be a dirty word and how every manager must also be a leader!

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, April 19, 11:01 AM

I agree!

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 26, 12:23 AM

I like this. I see though (and my work with clients is about this) in many places a going much further than this. I think both leadership and management are every person's role. The biggest shift happening in remarkable workplaces and a necessity in the new world of work is that people management is a dead concept. See my definitions of leadership and management that have stood the test for two decades at http://www.ianberry.biz/tailored-leadership-mastery-programs/

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12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms

12 mindsets for creating innovative classrooms | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Our mindsets can affect the experiences our students have in our classes and how they feel about our subject and us as teachers. Effective ones can have great impact.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Kelly Christopherson
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I think at the heart of the article there is the message that echoes Einstein's definition of insanity: solving problems with the same thinking that resulted in those problems. That is what we do in School.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 24, 8:36 AM

"Mindsets"...yes, I like that! ;)

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5 Reasons Your 9-5 Routine is Killing Your Creativity – Design School

5 Reasons Your 9-5 Routine is Killing Your Creativity – Design School | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Chances are you’re more than familiar with the “traditional” 8 hour work day.

In at 9, out by 5. It’s commonly regarded as the “norm” for working class citizens.

Via Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales, WELLENWIDE
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Creativity is not action that takes place on schedule. It arrives on is own time.

 

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Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do

Schools Can’t Innovate Until Districts Do | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Robin Lake - Districts must aggressively work to change incentives, policies, and structures so that they encourage and free up schools to innovate.

Via Grant Montgomery, Dean J. Fusto
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I think there is more give and take, but what I agree is that if local innovation is not supported at the jurisdiction level forget it. What is often desired by managers is innovation that fits easily from place to place i.e. systems like vs. considering what people at the local level want and need.

 

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 23, 9:15 PM

There is a correlation to the amount of change and innovation schools do  and the freedom that people within the schools have to change and be innovative. Being innovative isn't easy, it means taking risks and trying new things - putting oneself out there. Without a culture that supports such initiatives, schools will continue to be places where innovation happens in pockets, not throughout the system. 

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What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Collaboration

What Does a 21st Century Classroom Look Like: Collaboration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Art Custer, Dean J. Fusto
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Cooperation and collaboration are two different phenomena. I prefer the former over the latter.

 

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To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors

To be a great leader, rethink your default behaviors - IDEO Stories - Medium
Lessons learned from my year working with IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown

Via Richard Andrews, Roger Francis, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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I worked for a principal who presented about IDEO as being what we needed for creativity amongst teachers. He rarely acted with humility, if ever. That would be a good starting point for each of us.

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 22, 12:11 PM

A great read. Please take the time to read this today...



(From the article): When it comes to leadership, humility is often perceived as weakness. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many ways to express humility — you might welcome feedback, admit mistakes, or simply treat others as equals. Your employees will view those as signs of strength, not weakness.

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 24, 1:06 AM

a good 5 actions all the great leaders/change champions do

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Are You a Great Multitasker?

Are You a Great Multitasker? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Probably not. CNN recently posted an interesting video of Dr. Sanjay Gupta explaining what happens to the brain while multitasking. Gupta argues that we’re not actually doing two tasks at once; we’re diverting our attention from one task to work on another, and giving each just partial attention.He references a study done on multitasking while driving. It showed that listening to sentences while driving decreased the driver’s attention to operating the car by 37%. So rather than listening and driving simultaneously, you’re offering each activity your reduced attention,
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This is an interesting article that brings some perspective to a challenging topic. Mindfulness helps.

 

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Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition

Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Students learn better when their "thinking" includes thinking about the material plus how to dig in, break it apart, understand it, and build on that.


Via Dean J. Fusto
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To paraphrase Whitehead and Dewey, this involves a to and fro between teachers and students. Teachers learn how and when to back off and when to step up.

 

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Kevin E. Boston-Hill's curator insight, April 22, 10:32 AM

This is a difficult concept for teachers to accept, as they feel they need more control in the classroom, but our students need to develop more grit along with being exposed to rigorous curriculum.

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Grammar & translation jokes

Grammar & translation jokes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Pins about Grammar & translation jokes hand-picked by Pinner Scheherezade Surià | See more about grammar, grammar humor and chistes.

Via Pilar Moral
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This reminded me of how one student wondered what astute meant. He asked if it were like a fart. We all laughed, but the students remembered what it meant afterwards.

 

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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

Via Ness Crouch, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Dean J. Fusto
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A short biography of a number of leading thinkers contributors work in education i.e. Dewey, Montessori, Freire, etc.

 

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Anita Vance's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:45 AM

A great reference of the educational theories and practices of our times.


Avi Bossewitch's curator insight, March 3, 8:16 PM

Excellent review of 20th century ed thought leaders and how they inform 21st century learning

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Leadership is Helping Things Grow -

Leadership is Helping Things Grow - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
People who help things grow impress me. As a boy, I grew up surrounded by people who helped things like corn, soybeans, and other crops grow. I have never been a farmer, though my friends include farmers, gardeners, even landscape architects.

Via Anne Leong, Mike Doherty, Kevin Cuckow
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Actually, leadership is enabling people to grow. People are not things.

 

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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, April 15, 2:26 AM

Ayudar a crecer a los demás que nos rodean, es esencial