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Social Leadership: Crossing Boundaries

Social Leadership: Crossing Boundaries | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Our lives today weave between formal and social spaces, no longer defined by the four walls of the office or a clear distinction between technologies and communities. Social Leadership is a style suited to the Social Age: it’s about building reputation that leads into authority.

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Roger Francis, David Hain
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Leading should occur on the boundaries (eco-tones) in organization. Anthony Bryk and others suggested the role of School leadership was to work on the boundaries between School and community rather than micro-managing what went on in School. That almost sounds like John Dewey.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 3, 2:05 PM

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Within formal spaces, authority is hierarchical, often embedded in team and management structures and through official channels. 


Social authority communicates through social channels and communities and is socially moderated: granted and removed contextually. It’s reputation based and often crosses into social technologies: that which sits within our pockets and plays by the rules of Facebook and Twitter.

David Hain's curator insight, July 4, 2:52 AM

#SocialCapital or #RelationshipCapital builds networked communities through technology, but only when underpinned by trustful behaviours. PS: @julianstodd a #mustfollow!!

Gary Bamford's curator insight, July 4, 5:29 AM

Leadership Jim but not as we know it ...

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Structuring a New Collaborative Culture

Structuring a New Collaborative Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Collaboration is crucial in creative ventures, yet building a culture that allows it to flourish can be tricky - particularly in traditional, hierarchically minded organizations. But with a little tweaking, any space has the potential to become a hotbed of connected thinking. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Lynnette Van Dyke
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The idea that we remove assumptions proposes communicating: talking and listening.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 3, 3:46 PM

As Rosie Manning learned recently, true collaboration thrives in an environment built on trust, openness, and flexibility.

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Personal Learning Networks, CoPs Connectivism: Creatively Explained

Personal Learning Networks, CoPs Connectivism: Creatively Explained | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As part of a graduate course in Social Network Learning, I ask students to create a non-linguistical representation.  Here is the description of this assignment: The intent of this module is to ass...

Via Susan Bainbridge, Joyce Valenza
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Communities of Practice are organic and creative processes. Several years ago the term came into education as if School managers could structure them and order them.

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NLafferty's curator insight, July 4, 1:57 AM

Interesting range of creative expressions of connectivisim and communities of practice.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 4, 6:30 AM

Inspiration from Jackie Gerstein.  Will share with my Social Media class.

Helen Teague's curator insight, July 5, 12:05 PM

Dynamic assignment that makes essential connections!

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Cultural Memory

Cultural Memory | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Humans have a form of externalised memory. They are able to transmit information across generations in the form of learned cultural traditions and preserve this knowledge in artefacts. How this cap...
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Cultural memory is embedded and embodied within society. Perhaps one of the great challenges of contemporary times is teaching and learning what that means.

 

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What Students Do Better Than Teachers

What Students Do Better Than Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

What Students Do Better Than Teachers


Via Mary Perfitt-Nelson
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Both Dewey and Whitehead commented that children live in the present and long-term goals are the work of adults.

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#Leaders turn the spotlight on their teams

#Leaders turn the spotlight on their teams | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How To Be The Leader They've All Been Waiting For
Forbes
An old colleague and leadership expert used to relate a little parable about the great British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli.

Via Mike Klintworth, John Michel, Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach
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There is a lot of servant-leadership in this article. I thought about how often I heard School managers spoke using language that suggested ownership. For example, my School, my teachers, my leadership, etc as if they were the only ones who had a vision.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 2, 5:41 PM

Leadership is about helping others shine.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 3, 4:01 AM

It takes maturity and humility and wisdom to grasp that oftentimes the best thing you can do with that spotlight is to put it on those around you, so that they blossom in ways they didn’t realize were possible … and so that your organization can benefit fully from their fully developed talents.

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 3, 6:39 AM

Wow, I absolutely love this article!

 

What a powerful message to remind us that leadership is not about us, it is about helping our teams shine. 

 

So today if the positive spotlight is turned on you, turn it back to the team and let them shine! 

 

What do you think?  Would love to learn from our experiences and observations....The SPOTLIGHT is on YOU:)

 

Until next time....PS - Live on Purpose!

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Creating a Respectful Classroom Environment

Creating a Respectful Classroom Environment | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“In our class: 1) everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and...

Via Blaine Morrow
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Teaching is about creating an environment where creativity and learning flourish. A key phenomenon is respect.

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The digital degree

The digital degree | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
FROM Oxford’s quads to Harvard Yard and many a steel and glass palace of higher education in between, exams are giving way to holidays. As students consider life...
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School at all levels has gone on without substantive change. We simply look to replace one palace with another as if education were binary and it were that simple.

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2020: Most Important Future Work Skills {Infographic} - Best Infographics

2020: Most Important Future Work Skills {Infographic} - Best Infographics | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet Technology is changing the way we work. Our world is going to look a lot different in a couple of decades. All workers need to learn new skills and improving existing ones to stay in demand. This infographic covers the future of work and the skills required for workers to stay relevant: [Source: …

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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback - Mind/Shift

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback - Mind/Shift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

Via John Evans, Lynnette Van Dyke, Dean J. Fusto
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Feedback is necessary in the growth of children and adults. Sometimes it is praise that is involved and other times it is about correction. Feedback is more than broad general statements about doing a good or bad job, but is specific to the task at hand. Pedagogues, parents and teachers alike, have to be aware that they are not manipulating when they use feedback. The feedback has to be directed towards growth and forming in the human being.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 3, 6:51 AM

Feedback needs to be practical and useful in order to actually help an individual improve. This takes effort but it shows you care. It is fine to incorporate praise in feedback as well as your perspective on specific areas of improvement. The goal is to inspire and motivate action based on careful observation.

 

Delivering good, valuable feedback takes time and practice. It can be a powerful and influential tool to motivate and inspire behavioral change.

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TCRecord: Article

TCRecord: Article | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Content and resources for the education researcher
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When we use quantitative research we measure. We need to explore the experiences teachers experience in the classroom and their being and becoming a teacher. It is not a linear journey and each teacher has their particular journey to inform what it means being and becoming a teacher.

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the implications of meritocracy

the implications of meritocracy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Alain de Botton is currently my favourite philosopher. I find him fascinating to listen to (might be somewhat related to his lovely accent) and I enjoy reading his books. I've been watching some of...
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Meritocracy is what we fall back onto to justify inequality. Someone always seemed privileged in a hierarchy. It is not so much that we turn away from meritocracy, democracy, and freedom, but understand the way the words are used in shackling people. Philosophers such as de Botton, Ranciere, Gadamer, Levinas, etc, provide a different insight into what we can do to bring about a world where meritocracy, democracy, and freedom are not just words, but events in people's lives.

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What will the classroom and curriculum of the future look like? | eSchool News | eSchool News

What will the classroom and curriculum of the future look like? | eSchool News | eSchool News | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What will the classroom and the curriculum of the future look like? What characteristics are important for students and teachers?
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It is interesting to speculate and imagine about questions such as this. There likely is no set answer. What was interesting in the article was that bringing the world into the classroom is not a new idea and the teacher creating an inviting and communal space for learning. John Dewey was suggesting this 100 years ago.

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Musings of a (New) Education Insurgent | I hereby declare myself an education rebel

Musings of a (New) Education Insurgent | I hereby declare myself an education rebel | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
SHIFT PARADIGM | by Mark E. Weston The system of schooling to which I have dedicated my life seems incapable of educating all students to high levels of learning


Taking those lessons to heart, I hereby declare myself an education rebel who will no longer work to save the educational system for which I’ve long toiled.


Further, I vow to work to create, nurture, and give voice to an educational alternative that employs proven educational practices—real and individualized differentiated instruction, real and serious engagement of parents, ubiquitous access to information for all, and consistent and relevant feedback about performance—that will produce aptitude-defying-levels of learning among all students. I will work for new paradigm schools and technological tools.


I make this declaration knowing full well that being a rebel will be lots of work because lots of vested interests will work just as hard to maintain the dysfunctional status quo.


Join me in this space for regular updates about the education revolution. Your comments, suggestions, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome!




Via Gust MEES
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We should not work to save a School system which is always in need of repair and reconstructing. We should work in reconstructing rather than reorganizing deck chairs on a sinking ship.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 4, 3:21 AM

I will work for new paradigm schools and technological tools. I make this declaration knowing full well that being a rebel will be lots of work because lots of vested interests will work just as hard to maintain the dysfunctional status quo. Join me in this space for regular updates about the education revolution. Your comments, suggestions, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome!


David Hain's curator insight, July 5, 1:16 AM

Right on, brother!

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Great Summer Reading List for Teachers and Educators

Great Summer Reading List for Teachers and Educators | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
July 3, 2014
Looking for some good titles to read this summer? The resources below will probably be of some help. These are collections of books curated with teachers and educators in mind. They span...

Via Dean J. Fusto
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There are some excellent books on the lists. I wonder what happened to John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Paulo Freire, Gert Biesta, Deb Meier, etc?

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Why Employees Leave Their Jobs (Infographic)

Here's what employees consider before walking out the door. (From data and anecdotes, this is so very true. http://t.co/On9zSWgVaf)

Via F. Thunus, Stepped Leader
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The rate of teacher turnover is about 50% within the first 7 years. This is costly in many ways and certainly impacts student learning

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 4, 6:35 AM

It's easy to guess why gainfully employed people decide to up and leave their jobs. However, discovering the real reasons why individuals quit can be a little bit more difficult. 

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Natural Hierarchy: the 3 Requirements of the Ideal Job.

Natural Hierarchy: the 3 Requirements of the Ideal Job. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Three Principles for Right Livelihood: 1. Do what you love 2. Do something that makes you money 3. Do something that is of benefit to others
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They are three pretty simple rules. Teaching would seem to be work that could integrate all three. The article reminded me of a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn: "Find a job with a capital J and stop doing another's work."

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Vision Statements That Work: The Long and Short of It

Vision Statements That Work: The Long and Short of It | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How long should your vision statement be? The answer: Long enough. Long enough to evoke a noble sense of purpose, provide a call to action, and describe a clear picture of your destination. These four vision statements work because they condense a lot of information into an inspiring statement that is quickly understood by most people. If you were not familiar with the context, it would require a much longer statement to explain them. xxxxxxxxA computer on every desk. ~Steve Jobs xxxxxxxxA computer on every desk in every home running Microsoft software. ~Bill Gates xxxxxxxxProduce an affordable automobile. ~Henry Ford xxxxxxxxOne team, one country. ~Nelson Mandela HOWEVER…most effective vision statements are NOT short statements. Consider Martin Luther . . . → Read More: Vision Statements That Work: The Long and Short of It

Via Mel Riddile, Nancy J. Herr
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In successful companies and schools, the vision statement belongs and is embraced by each person because they felt they contributed to it. Anything else falls short.

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Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success

Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There’s a major disconnect between what companies look for in their top performers and best leaders, and what students learn in school. Why don’t we better align these skill sets? For instance, among educators there is lots of talk these days about “grit”: the tenacity to focus on working toward a goal despite obstacles and... Read more »

Via Anne Leong
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There is a key point about improving learning in classrooms where emotional intelligence is a core teaching and learning principle.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, July 4, 5:54 AM

Having just finished our fifth class of Leadership Academy for our emerging CPA leaders, this article resonated  with me. While the notion of EQ as a critical leadership quality is on point, I think it must be in the context of how leadership is changing in this hyper-connected, rapidly changing world. When we asked our emerging leaders to compare and contrast leadership across the ages, they identified the common traits we all know - vision, communication, passion, and authority. Yet when looking at the current state, they added words like collaborative, transparent, more communication,.

 

These skills include the ability to engage and inspire followers to a shared vision and action. The other critical piece is to 'know themselves' in a way they can be that authentic leader with their own unique style rather than trying to fit some standard leadership model that forces them to change. We do this with Strengths-Finders and Values to help them become self-aware.

 

Thus I see the idea of EQ to include specific group dynamics, collaboration, listening, and making your thinking visible to others. These skills can be taught and developed and we are seeing emerging leaders  able to apply these as they grow into the kind of future leaders we will need.

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 4, 10:51 AM

Absolutely...however, students need to have the "grit'" and tenacity to survive as well as to thrive in this world. Some, if not most, of us Boomers learned this during our lifetimes, most likely the "hard way," so to speak.

 

Just being able to focus in the digital world for younger people (mainly younger children) has to be a challenge in itself! While the digital age is perfect for them to learn as quickly as their brains are moving, somewhere there has to be a delicate "balance" to keep them grounded. 

 

Yes, we do need to align the skill sets needed to survive and become great leaders with what we're teaching young children. I predict an education overhaul in the very near future! 

Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 5, 9:28 AM

Bring the real life to the classroom to shorten the gab between the classroom and their future lives outside the classroom.

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The Leadership Freak Code of Leadership

The Leadership Freak Code of Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Leaders without a code follow the course of least resistance. Life becomes unstable, stressful, and frustrating. Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. 


Via Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, John E Smith, Bobby Dillard
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People are not tools is a key point made. When we think they are, we become managers rather than combining managing and leading.

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, June 30, 12:31 AM

From article : "Accept the fact that we have to treat almost anybody as a volunteer".

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Getting to the Change We Want: Developing an Easement Mindset

Getting to the Change We Want: Developing an Easement Mindset | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The following is also posted at stephenhurley.ca. I would love to hear whether this concept resonates with colleagues south of the border! The degree to which education systems in Canada (and elsew...
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What might be made of a meeting where teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and students were made to feel welcome? That is an incredible question.

 

For years, we had meetings of that nature. It stopped when the new School managers decided they knew the best way and there was only one way.

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Principles for Open Innovation and Open Leadingship

Principles for Open Innovation and Open Leadingship | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Just found this awesome 27 min talk by Joi Ito on the 9 principles of open innovation. They are not that new – first version appeared in 2012 – but they seem to have matured, like good wine in well...

Via Patrick Verdonk
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Is it really one thing over the other in the principles? For example, learning and education are not mutually exclusive. It might be argued that learning is subsumed into education which is a broader concept. Good theory and good practice work together, as well. Privileging one way of doing something is not corrected by reversing the privilege, but by understanding ways of integrating learning and education and the other principles. Moving from an either/or (binary) paradigm to one that is integrative and inclusive is important.

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How To Build Your Professional Learning Community - Edudemic

How To Build Your Professional Learning Community - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"Professional development used to mean one thing: inservice days. Oof. We sure have come a long way, haven’t we? Especially in the realm of connecting with other like-minded individuals around the globe. We’re no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so we can get into what really interests us as educators, even if the expert is on the other side of the world, and our collaborators are scattered about and have never met in person. When you have a group of people who are interested in similar things as you and are collaborating,  sharing ideas, and offering encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism to the group, some real magic can happen!"


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Community is a necessary and organic event in continuously learning. It takes us beyond simply connecting and into deeper relationships where we count on each other.

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Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success

Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When Sophia Faridi visited several schools in Finland, students and teachers seemed happier than students and teachers in the U.S.
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The most interesting point is that personal time is highly valued. It is not just mouthed that people need time to rejuvenate. That makes us better able to meet the challenges we face in classrooms It is not just the next habit out of seven.

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Is this really how we should test reading development in kids?

Is this really how we should test reading development in kids? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A test that has been used since 2001 and given to millions of young students is critiqued.

Via Mel Riddile, Lepatriinu
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Educational managers and reformers are quite caught up in assigning a number to the learning children undertake. It makes more sense to make the learning enjoyable. Teaching is an invitational event which brings children into safe spaces where learning can happen.

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