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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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Toxic Leadership and Bully Bosses | Innolect, Inc.

Toxic Leadership and Bully Bosses | Innolect, Inc. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Do you know a toxic leader? They are characterized as dysfunctional, self-centered individuals who intimidate, coerce, deceive, retaliate and punish others to get what they want without regard for their direct reports, organizations and/or ...

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I met a few in education. I like the point about the toxicity masked behind the charm. Quite often, these local leaders just blame it on someone else further up the chain of command, but there is a fractal quality to all this. The "bosses", and they are not leaders, are remarkably self-similar as you move up the chain. What can be disconcerting are the impacts on classrooms.

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Resilience: A 21st Century Skill

Resilience:  A 21st Century Skill | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Resilience is about bouncing back in the face of challenges and/or failure. This is a GREAT blog post about this essential skill.  


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain, Ariana Amorim, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The picture is powerful.

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Ana Tapia's curator insight, July 1, 2013 1:34 PM

Muito bom! Na minha opinião não faz sentido ligar esta competência ao seculo XXI, é necessária para viver bem em todos os séculos, não?

 

Very good article. In my opinion doesn´t make sense link resilience to xxi century, its needed to leave well into all centuries. No?

Johann Gauthier's curator insight, July 1, 2013 10:10 PM

Resiliency is a competency that isn't new per say however in our testing times we, as leaders, are called upon to remain agile, nimble and resilient in the face of tsunami changes.  I really liked this resource for the great research references it provides including the infographic.  Thanks for sharing it @DavidHain, and for caring about developing others, you're a Giant in the LeadWithGiants community on G+.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:39 PM

Written from a teacher-student perspective, but equally applicable to work settings too!

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Students as Producers of Disciplinary Habits

Students as Producers of Disciplinary Habits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director The CFT’s recent Teaching Visit hosted by Phil Ackerman-Lieberman illustrated our 2013-14 theme of Students as Producers in a way that’s different from our previous examples. These other instances typically...


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This is an intriguing article with some strong links to recent writing on pedagogy.

 

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What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning

What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning

Via Valary Oleinik
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We still need gifted teachers to help students along that path first by nurturing (educare) and by leading and letting go when it is appropriate (educere) .

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What is the Ultimate Goal of Leadership?

What is the Ultimate Goal of Leadership? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Linda Fisher Thornton

What is the ultimate goal of leadership? This is an interesting question that seems simple enough at first, and then begins to get tricky as we think more about it. The ...

Via Ron McIntyre, Margarida Sá Costa
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If you take care of people first, the rest takes care of itself. What makes people show up? That is incredibly important.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, February 13, 1:49 PM

Interesting POV on leadership.  There is much merit in this short article.

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Don't fall into this trap: 5 Signs Youre Just A Wanna Be Leader

Don't fall into this trap: 5 Signs Youre Just A Wanna Be Leader | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Social media and popular culture has made it easy to consider yourself a “leader” regardless if you actually lead anyone or not. Being a real leader actually requires that you lead a corporation, a non profit, a staff, a family, ...

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The last one is bang on. There is one person I know who sees themselves as a leader. They tweet and blog incessantly, but rarely walk the talk.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 13, 10:17 AM

If you are doing any of these, make a commitment to be a better leader. 

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“What These Children Are Like”: Rejecting Deficit Views of Poverty and Language

“What These Children Are Like”: Rejecting Deficit Views of Poverty and Language | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“What These Children Are Like”: Rejecting Deficit Views of Poverty and Language.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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It is not only children in the lower SES that are made invisible by a system which does not value the person. It is the vast majority of children. We only have to think of the way curriculum is planned at a distant in ways that virtualize both children and adults who need to make sense of it through their lived experiences.

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We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders

We Have 21st Century Learners Who Need 21st Century Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We must lead the shift to a way that maximizes opportunities for investigation, problem solving, and collaboration while maintaining assurance that each child is gaining knowledge, and is able to apply it both alone and with others.

Via Pierre Levy, Gust MEES, Jenn Alevy
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But, we are almost 15% of the way into the century. Why has it not happened? And, it has not. Not even where I used to work.

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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, February 10, 11:33 AM

Excellent argument and validation for Instructional Leaders to be at the forefront of the cutting edge in instruction.  That involves conceptual learning, instructional technology that redefines the learning, and quality instructional implementation both in classrooms and in professional development.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 10, 4:39 PM

It is wise not to allow allow large dichotomies, perhaps false dichotomies to dominate this debate. Critical thinking, collaborative work and knowledge of content are all important and attainable for good teachers, as they have been. It is a matter of emphasis. Check

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leading and learning: Educational Readings - Steve Wheeler, Deborah Meier, Marion Brady, Uncle Tom Cobley and all!

leading and learning: Educational Readings - Steve Wheeler, Deborah Meier, Marion Brady, Uncle Tom Cobley and all! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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I enjoy Deborah Meier's candour. The idea that we follow the money is a good one. Who profits from the decisions made in and about our schools?

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for the love of learning: Whatever Happened to Transforming Education in Alberta?

for the love of learning: Whatever Happened to Transforming Education in Alberta? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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I never thought of Dave Hancock as a champion of education. I guess it is a relative thing. He is more of a champion than others.

 

The point about separating administration from the ATA is moot. It has already happened. I have been told by more than one school manager that it was my ATA. In some cases, it was those words and other times it was implied. There is a chasm between what happens in classrooms and what happens in school offices and beyond.

 

We need deep structural change which looks at the depth of the bureaucratic and technocratic structure which mitigates against good work by good teachers in the classroom. Consider the number of experts who have spent little or no time in the classroom.

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Change Your Story, Change Your Organization

Change Your Story, Change Your Organization | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When an organization's story begins to change, people can feel confused or frustrated. Peggy Holman explains 5 roles that help transition to the new story.

Via donhornsby
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There are some great analogies in the article. Change can be intimidating. When people are included in helping plan the change and given voice, it makes a difference. I think the five roles would be beneficial in that way. There are people within organizations who can be the midwives or wave surfers.

 

Quite often, it is not the change I resist. It is the way indoctrination, prescribed, and mandated way it is done. Then to make matters worse, I am given some book about how I need to change my behaviour about and towards change. When I look back at this kind of change, I find little has changed. Most of what happened is superficial.

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 12, 10:05 AM

Have you ever gone back to somewhere familiar only to discover it is no longer what you expected? Wave riders help us understand the changing story, and make a mindset shift from who we were to who we are, and even to glimpse who we are becoming. They make visible the differences that matter, inspiring us with possibilities, assuring us with enduring values, and naming what’s emerging. By doing so, they bring something new into being.

Dr. Jose Lepervanche Net's curator insight, February 13, 9:48 AM

You better learn to change you, the people around you, the organization and the technology that support all of the above. 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 13, 5:38 PM

Interesting view of change.

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New Obesity Weapon: Kids Teaching Kids

New Obesity Weapon: Kids Teaching Kids | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
RT @ObesitySociety: New Obesity Weapon: Kids Teaching Kids - Nutrition - MSN Healthy Living http://t.co/I8hAVYixro

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This is really quite interesting. Students are part of the solutions we look for.

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Howard Fulfrost's curator insight, February 11, 4:02 PM

This article reports new research from Canada that found younger kids listened to their older peers (and actually lost weight) when given direction about the importance of diet and exercise.  The study has significant implications for putting a dent in the childhood obesity epidemic.

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The Fallacy of Being a Facilitator

The Fallacy of Being a Facilitator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
End of semester blowing in the cold morning wind and time for truths. Time to reflect, recall and question my learning. Time to consider my learners’ learning. And what changes I may – ...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Ramon Aragon, juandoming, JoelleYalin, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is an interesting and critically well thought out article. We need to consider the terms and words we use to describe what we do. What does it mean to be a facilitator? What does it mean to be a teacher?

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Carmen Arias 's curator insight, January 29, 2013 1:55 PM

What are you ???

Gary Pascoe's curator insight, February 13, 5:10 AM

Have just spent 2 days with Dylan Wiliam and came back to find this article; timely!

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An Action Plan for Creating Effective Schools

An Action Plan for Creating Effective Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Today’s school leaders are challenged to ensure their schools are effective—providing a quality education for every student—but they must do that with fewer resources than in the past. They need an action plan that ensures success for all students.


Via Patti Kinney, Dean J. Fusto, Bobby Dillard
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The points come from Lezotte's work on effective schools which is at least 20 years old. His work makes sense and he has different levels of schools. Just having an action plan is the lowest level. The key is to transform the school culture.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Deleuze

The Beginner’s Guide to Deleuze | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A number of authors who I am using in my dissertation use Deleuze to inform their work. He is difficult to read without mediation of that sort.

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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.

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Reading aloud is incredibly valuable for children. It engages them in conversations and vocabulary development. Often, they are ahead of their reading skills and this helps them learn things that they are not able to yet read about.

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Howard Fulfrost's curator insight, February 14, 12:47 PM

This is a short, but informative, article.  This teacher writes that "[f]ostering the love of reading in your class may take a little work, but there are plenty of resources available to support you in this effort."  She then offers five suggestions that can help other teachers get started with leading the "love for reading" charge.

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Why leadership conversations matter?

Why leadership conversations matter? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Conversations are crucial to leadership because leadership entails the co-creation of a meaningful engagement. Leaders depend on the people they lead and without an on-going dialogue, there is no engagement. 

 

What do I mean by leadership conversation? It’s a conversation that facilitates learning. It gives people the opportunity with different views and ideas to understand each other better.


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Conversation is a gift. It is not like discussing and debating. There is an open space that allows freshness to enter and safety to exist.

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Thoughts about community as curriculum in #rhizo14

Thoughts about community as curriculum in #rhizo14 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Source of image-  Giblett) The idea of community as curriculum is not new. Etienne Wenger wrote about it in his 1998 book on communities of practice - and since no ideas are truly original, his thi...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I agree with the view that community as curriculum is not new. It extends beyond Wenger's work to people such as Dewey, Montessori, Whitehead, etc. Largely, curriculum, progressive or traditional, has been about community and citizenship or at least that has been the message. It is no longer the reality and, until we allow local communities and people to have a voice it will remain the private domain of those outside classrooms and community.

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Authoritarians: Why They Suck As Managers...

"There is an essential cowardice in all authoritarians, which becomes more obvious as they tighten their grip." -Charles Pierce on David Stern at Grantland I love this quote I picked up last week, because there are so many levels you...

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We have many authoritarians in positions of power. I suspect many of the them do not realize they are authoritarian. They usually explain their behaviour away by saying it is someone else pressuring them.

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Why Innovation Needs Outsiders

Why Innovation Needs Outsiders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When we’re stuck on a hard problem, we go seek out a superior. It seems like common sense. It’s something that is imbued into us from childhood and into adulthood. When you can’t solve that math problem, you ask your teacher. When you’re stuck on a work project, you go [...]

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This article makes great points.

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The power of vulnerability

The power of vulnerability | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
(Filmed at TEDxHouston.)

Via Amy Melendez
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When we take risks, we are vulnerable. The rewards are great.

 

One of my favourite quotes from Parker Palmer and teaching is that teachers are at the vulnerable intersection of personal and private life. I found that a thrill.

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leading and learning: Educational choices in an election year - personalisation or standardisation? Steve Maharey or John Key?

leading and learning: Educational choices in an election year - personalisation or standardisation? Steve Maharey or John Key? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The images of non-standard learners is great. Everyone is a non-standard learner. We do not learn the same as the next person. It is only in school that we think that should be the case.

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Savouring the Ish: Monkeys or Mathematicians (Math is More Than Memorization)

Savouring the Ish: Monkeys or Mathematicians (Math is More Than Memorization) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

"The recent parent-driven push for a “return to basics” shift in math curriculum in Alberta is not unexpected. Our post-industrial society remains regrettably focused on relaying and assessing content over process. The deeply embedded desire to quantify student thinking for the sake of a neat, uni-dimensional continuum that claims to represent student potential results in the inevitable association of learning with factual and procedural recall. Quite simply, we've designed schools to train and measure our children. We group them by age, divide their days into standardized units and test them at regular intervals in order to compare them to their peers. Memorization is easy to measure in math so we convince ourselves we’re holding kids accountable by measuring their recall. This also allows us to rank and sort students effectively without actually engaging them in conversation, something PISA has effectively mastered. However, making a judgement about the quality of an entire math curriculum based on data snapshots from a moment in time is not only irresponsible it's ridiculous. Advocating that because memorization scores have dropped, an entire curriculum should re-focus on memory work is incredibly shortsighted. We've already been there. It wasn't awesome."


Via John Evans, Dean J. Fusto
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The use of David Jardines' work is a bonus in a well-written article. We continue to use an industrial model of school and add to its layers i.e. scientific management, bureaucracy, and technology to prepare children for the 21st Century world. The key is that children live in the world of today and to them it is very relational. We need to surround them in their learning with caring and thoughtful pedagogues who help nurture and lead as they mature and grow.

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Lauren Portalea's curator insight, February 20, 10:37 PM

Education is shifting from memorizing content to learning how to apply knowledge and work out procedures. With the common core creating learning standards, children are becoming more equipped to solve problems of the 21st century. In such a technologically driven age, we do not know the jobs that lie ahead of us or what problems our future world will face. By encouraging students to learn how to solve problems on their own and apply knowledge, they will be prepared for anything upon graduation. Our world is changing, therefore, our education system must change as well.

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Complex knowledge | Harold Jarche

Complex knowledge | Harold Jarche | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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The last lines are important. It is about being connected in meaningful and trusting ways. The trust is earned. It is not a given which is based on position, but is part of a relational give and take over time.

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The 4 C’s of Collaborative Learning Infographic

The 4 C’s of Collaborative Learning Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The 4 C’s of Collaborative Learning Infographic shows how collaborative learning: Creation, Content, Connection, Community can help employees adopt new skills.

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Dean J. Fusto
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The idea of communities might be the most important one. We can build from where we are and connect outwards.

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 4:43 PM

Love this infographic. Clear to the point. I think I might use it in the classroom to help the kids understand.