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What Makes a Great School Leader?

What Makes a Great School Leader? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This is the time of year when, for many different reasons, some teachers consider taking positions at other schools. I've received a number of calls from friends and colleagues this spring asking for

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The article does not make references, but the material includes concepts explored by Daniel Goleman and Anthony Bryk.

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Get into the Flow in your Classrooom

Get into the Flow in your Classrooom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is an experience that happens in many of my classes... Students get so enthralled in what they are doing that time disappears and learning transpires. I often wondered how this happened and h...

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All teachers have experienced teaching and learning that meets flow conditions. This helps us more easily recognize when we enter one.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 24, 2014 10:09 AM

Not only is there some great stuff here that reviews and summarizes the book FLOW, but the inforgraphics are wonderful and contain media links.

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Why Teaching Is Like Farming - Edudemic

Why Teaching Is Like Farming - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Sometimes, I think that teaching is a lot like farming. I know that statement won’t immediately convince most of you, but sometimes, you need to think of yourself as a farmer. Reap, Sow This principle is as old as time. It is fair to say that farming was one of the first professions. Farmers understood …

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In both teaching and farming, there is a tending to important phenomena that contribute to a better life. Both are highly complex and relational processes requiring mindfulness and attentiveness. I am reminded of the understanding that meditation on the mat prepares us for daily life and living moment-to-moment.

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It's Not Teacher Quality Or Class Size, It's Leadership That Makes Schools Successful | Forbes

It's Not Teacher Quality Or Class Size, It's Leadership That Makes Schools Successful | Forbes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The X-factor in education has proved elusive, but a new study shows that one candidate is so far head and shoulders above the rest.

Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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There is other research that indicates effective leadership, not management, bridge the community and the classroom. The key is the combined leadership of teachers and principals. When we use economic measures, we measure inputs and outputs. What about listening to stories from the front lines?

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 23, 2014 6:15 PM

It has always come down to the strength of leadership on many levels with a clear vision with management to attain and implement those goals. It also requires time with steady progression to achieve that level of success. 

David Hain's curator insight, May 24, 2014 4:21 AM

School leadership is critical, so why are we focussing more on didactic skills in teacher education?

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Coach 'em up - Winnipeg Free Press

Coach 'em up - Winnipeg Free Press | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Winnipeg Free Press
Coach 'em up
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Therefore, if managers can become effective coaches, they can boost employee morale, develop individuals, increase engagement and productivity and retain the best of the best.

Via Jerry Busone, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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I once listened to a School manager repeat the phrase "we are going to hit it out of the ball park" numerous times during a meeting. The next we were told he had been promoted. Coaching has to involve genuine and honest relationships. It is not glib phrases and cheer leading. It involves rolling up the sleeves and listening carefully to others and helping them find solutions.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, March 25, 2014 7:41 AM
Coaching the backbone to effective associate development
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University of Saskatchewan president Ilene Busch-Vishniac fired

University of Saskatchewan president Ilene Busch-Vishniac fired | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
After more than a week of controversy over the firing and rehiring of an outspoken University of Saskatchewan professor, along with protests over the ongoing TransformUS program, U of S president Ilene Busch-Vishniac has been fired.

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This makes it sound like only two people were responsible for the problems, but it is doubtful that the board did not know what was happening all along. Someone had to take the fall and rather than admitting mistakes were made that is what was done. It is the way things are done in bureaucracies and their non-transparency.

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Sociocracy: An Organizational Structure for Distributed Leadership

Sociocracy: An Organizational Structure for Distributed Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
An alternative to top-down management, sociocracy is an organizational structure for distributed leadership, empowering people and groups within domains.

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Are there really that many factory floors out there? Consider schools as non-factory floors and a new mode of leadership is important.

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6 Reasons Why You Need To Be Doing Servant Leadership & How To Do It.

6 Reasons Why You Need To Be Doing Servant Leadership & How To Do It. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Do you lead like a dictator, or do you practice the art of servant leadership?

Via Anne Leong
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Servant-leadership fully actualized in Schools would change the culture completely. Teachers and students would find their voice and calling.

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10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. They must evaluate how their leadership brand is being perceived by others and whether or not it has grown tired and requires a tune-up.  Leaders must take pause and reach out to those before them who have already lived the situations they are about to experience themselves – and embrace these perspectives as nuggets of wisdom in preparation for what lies ahead of them.

 


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The first lesson is a good place to begin. We become so busy we do not look up and from side-to-side. Leaders need to be present and aware of what is happening and not happening. They need to be aware of who is best served to take the reins in a given situation.

 

In School, leadership and management should be intertwined. Quite often, I found that the latter was used almost exclusively and leadership did not exist.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, May 7, 2014 9:14 AM

Here they are:


1. Opportunities Are Everywhere, But Few Have Eyes to See Them
2. Without Strategy, Change Is Merely Substitution, Not Evolution
3. An Entrepreneurial Attitude is the Difference Between Reinvention and Complacency
4. Continuously Refresh Your Thinking and Be Courageous Enough to Apply It
5. The Wiseman Forfeits His Fortune When He Does Not Trust Himself
6. Manage Your Leadership Brand or Someone Else Will
7. Adversity May Make or Break You – But It Primarily Reveals You
8. A Leader’s Success Is Never Won or Lost in One Instant. It Is Always a Culmination.
9. Give to Others in Faith, Not in Expectation.
10. Tell Me Who You Associate Yourself With And I Will Tell You How You Lead


The article comments briefly each of those «lessons»

Progressive training's curator insight, May 9, 2014 9:21 AM

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

 

#leadership #management #business

donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 2014 9:14 AM

Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. 

 

 

(From the article): As leaders, you must begin to look beyond the obvious and open your eyes to see the opportunities previous unseen.   Leadership requires you to have circular vision and when you begin to grow complacent, you only see the obvious details before you – rather than those they lie around, beneath and beyond what you seek.  In fact, your mindset becomes stagnate because you are not stretching your perspectives enough to see more than you want to.

 

When you fall into this trap, it’s time to reshuffle the deck, and map out the internal and external factors that are influencing your thinking. You must begin to identify areas that can be improved –  such as relationships, workshop culture, networking, how you are investing in yourself (or lack thereof), etc.

 

It’s not experience, but rather opportunity that is the true mother of success.   Be more mindful about how you manage opportunity before it begins to manage you.

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Less Is More: Why You're Saying Too Much And Getting Ignored

Less Is More: Why You're Saying Too Much And Getting Ignored | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In an age of information overload, brevity is the skill we need to be heard and be successful.

Via Steve Bavister, Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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I ignored emails that were long and also who sent them made a difference. I always did a quick look and, if I felt the message could be handled differently, I moved on.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:35 AM

This cut right to the chase for me!

donhornsby's curator insight, May 21, 2014 8:06 AM

(From the article): Despite the many drawbacks of being long-winded, many of us struggle to be brief. One reason, explains McCormack, is because we believe by over-explaining, we can prove how smart we are. From an early age, we’re taught to measure our success on word counts and page lengths. Students are asked to write 20-page papers rather than simply being asked to make their point clear in as many words as they need. “I think teachers should ask for a 20-page paper and a two-page paper. If you can present your point well in two pages, then I’ll read the 20-page paper to see how you got there,” he says.

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, May 22, 2014 5:20 PM

While I agree with brevity, especially in written communication, some people like a longer explanation. We need to be sensitive to different personality types and not clump everyone into brevity. 

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To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves - te@chthought

To Think For Themselves, Students Must See Themselves - te@chthought | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"The first step in helping students think for themselves just might be to help them see who they are and where they are.

 

If we truly want students to adapt their thinking, design their thinking, and diverge their thinking, it (the thinking) has to start and stop somewhere.

 

Generally, this means beginning with the learning target a teacher establishes, and ending with an evaluation of how the student “did.” But thinking has nothing to do with content. Thinking is a strategy to learn content, but they are otherwise distinct. This process, then, is about thought and learning rather than content and mastery."

 


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The article begins with wisdom in understanding what is to be used and I would add how it is used. Is it citizenship we want them to learn? I propose that citizenship subsumed in being a good person is the route to go.

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Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
As education grows and changes educators have the opportunity to change the way they envision their roles and their classrooms.

 

Jobs in education, Pink said in a recent interview, are all about moving other people, changing their behavior, like getting kids to pay attention in class; getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and to therefore study harder.

 

At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas.


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I am not sure sell is the right word. That suggests commodification. Having said this, teacher play a role in exciting students in their learning. When we do it well, the students engage rather than simply buy in and comply.

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:37 PM

The author of Drive talks about how to use these theories in education! 

Allan Shaw's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:04 PM

'One of the big topics Pink tackles in his current book is the idea of moving from transactions to transcendence — to making something personal. That’s the best way to “sell” students on what they’re learning, Pink maintains. This has been a recurring theme in education: connecting what’s taught in classrooms to students’ personal lives. But, as evidenced by current school dynamics, that’s not the way the tide is moving.

“Most of our education is heavily, heavily, heavily standardized,” Pink said. ... The idea that you treat everybody the same way is foolish, and yet the headwinds in education are very much toward routines, right answer, standardization.”

Why is it moving this way? One of the reasons, Pink said, is the “appalling” absence of leadership on this issue. “One of the things that I see as an outsider is that so much of education policy seems designed for the convenience of adults rather than the education of children,” he said.... "Why do we have standardized testing? Because it’s unbelievably cheap. If you want to give real evaluations to kids, they have to be personalized, tailored to the kids, at the unit of one. Standardized testing: totally easy, totally cheap, and scales. Convenient for politicians and taxpayers.”

cioccas's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:07 PM

Think a lot of this is relevant to teaching language to adults too - supporting autonomy, etc.

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The New Principles of #Leadership | Flash Foresights from @DanielBurrus | Big Think

The New Principles of #Leadership | Flash Foresights from @DanielBurrus | Big Think | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We’re all aware that there are timeless leadership principles that have been true since the dawn of time and that will continue to be valid in tomorrow’s business environment. Things like integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. While those are all vital traits ...

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We have been trying to make the future visible through visioning ad nauseum. Teachers are frustrated with this proces.

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Learning with 'e's: Deeper learning

Learning with 'e's: Deeper learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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The author is summarizing some key learning theories and does a nice job.

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Mentoring Instead of Teaching: A Paradigm Shift

Mentoring Instead of Teaching: A Paradigm Shift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By: Dawn Casey-Rowe Teachers give homework. Mentors change lives. If schools replaced teachers with mentors, classrooms would be revolutionized forever. This isn’t semantics – it’s a paradigm shift...

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I think mentoring is part of teaching, but does not replace teaching. Teaching is a much broader rubric which I think is narrowed and, as a result, it is easy to say it should be converted into one other thing. Teaching requires a constant attentiveness to what is needed moment-to-moment and this includes mentoring. As well, teaching requires understanding what works for one student may not work for another. If we expand teaching, we create the paradigm shift we want.

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A new model of school reform - UC Berkeley (blog)

A new model of school reform - UC Berkeley (blog) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new model of school reform UC Berkeley (blog) Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark's, has taken a very different tack to school reform — and...

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This makes sense and always has. We want to feel we have say in what is happening. Most of the so-called reform is outside-in which is deform. When we ask teachers to engage in change, it is transforming. When we do not and rely on external experts and consultants, we stand still which is like going backwards.

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35 Questions That Will Change Your Life

35 Questions That Will Change Your Life | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” – Voltaire “We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.” – Carl Sagan “The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop ...”


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These are interesting and open-ended for the most part. The questions we ask ourselves should challenge who we are as a person. The one I struggle with is the values one. I think we share the same values, but may prioritize them differently. Values are bedrock.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, May 16, 2014 6:10 PM
Great questions for anyone
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Your Company Culture Could Be Killing Performance | Switch and Shift

Your Company Culture Could Be Killing Performance | Switch and Shift | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Don’t go conducting that annual employee survey if all you’re going to do is lock yourself in your executive suite and try to solve organizational issues on you (Your Company Culture Could Be Killing Your Performance!
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Organizational cultures of secrecy and non-transparency do kill organizations. When we use language about transparency and accountability we impose on the culture; whereas responsibly and openness act to create a culture where people work together.

 

School is done using transparency and accountability where teachers are told what to do by outside experts, including administrators. Rarely, did I find teacher voice being listened to and heard.

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Filling cracks in leaky pots

Filling cracks in leaky pots | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Bird Droppings May 23, 2014 Filling cracks in leaky pots Many thousands of years ago Buddha compared people to four kinds of clay vessels. Borrowing these words today as I am thinking to a day lost...
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There are some excellent insights in this article. One that stood out was teachers are the makers of their realities. We make choices that constrict or free us in teaching. Yes, there are limitations. Acknowledging them and challenging them are part of the choices we make. Yes, it can be uncomfortable. I worked in an environment where one of the leading lights suggested in a blog that "groupthink" was OK at times. It is not, but, when people in power think it is, those who challenge the status quo are pressured to believe they are wrong.

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Teaching Leaders

Teaching Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new model of professional learning powered by teachers has evolved in Boston.

Via David Mackzum, Ed.D., Andrew Boulind, juandoming
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Do we need more certification and qualification for teachers? Or do we need better support in daily work they undertake? We treat teaching as if it is operating in a deficit model. Perhaps a new way of seeing teaching as operating from strength is required.

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How to Make Training a Catalyst for Real Change

How to Make Training a Catalyst for Real Change | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Too often, training programs fail to deliver the change a company seeks. Here are some guidelines for programs that will create meaningful change.

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This article creates the allusion that doing the same things can be hidden with new language. We talk about a change in culture in organizations on one hand and yet the training is top-down. Certainly, there is a need for some consistency, but what we also need is real change that happens because people work from the boundaries rather than the core in an organization.

 

Schools operate on the premise that when we change language i.e. professional development becomes professional learning without giving choice to teachers that something is somehow different. It is not. We have the select few dictating what happens in classrooms without being in the classroom.

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Message to Leaders: Speak with Conviction...Listen With Intention

Message to Leaders: Speak with Conviction...Listen With Intention | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Every now and then, I like to write about communication. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that the language we use has a lot to do with how others regard us. And, in leadership, how we are regarded has a lot to do with the decisions people make about trusting us…or not.


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I like Taylor Mali's poems so this was a keeper. Speaking with conviction takes courage and comes from the heart. Listening intently sets the tone for speaking from the heart. I found that School managers often did not do either and expected classroom teachers to support them blindly.

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You're Not The Boss.

Fundamentals of effective #leadership

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Ten Powerful Lessons Learned from a Bad Boss

Ten Powerful Lessons Learned from a Bad Boss | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Successful leaders turn problems into opportunities. Your bad boss is an opportunity to develop ten essential leadership qualities. Think of a bad boss as a catalyst that propels your leadership jo...

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The ten lessons revealed some qualities I saw in the last few years teaching. One person who visited suggested the fear and anger was palpable in our setting, with one exception: in my classroom. I focused on what I was there for: the students and supporting them in their learning. That meant working with colleagues in an honest and open manner.

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Can You Pass A Middle School Spelling Test?

Can You Pass A Middle School Spelling Test? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

ingOr is spell-check your best friend?


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It is interesting there are still spelling tests. In School where great change is occurring I would have thought that would be an ongoing process of feedback.

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Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Using collaboration, cooperation and teamwork interchangeably dilutes their meaning and diminishes the potential to create real collaborative workplaces.
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An interesting point about the definition of collaboration is it is also defined as "selling out to the enemy." I was surprised when I read this preparing for a presentation recently. People who collaborate should be aware of this and make sure they do not sell out. In a sense, collaboration then sinks into group-think.

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