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Should Parents Opt-Out of School Testing? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Should Parents Opt-Out of School Testing? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
nytimes.com - On April 1, children across New York will pick up their No. 2 pencil and start filling in the bubbles on the first of several days of tests assessing the new national Common Core learning standards...

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They definitely should.

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Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The Top Qualities for a School Principal Infographic presents the attributes that are paramount for a quality educational leader.

Via Grant Montgomery, Luciana Viter
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I agree with the points on the infographic and they make sense. The problem is I did not see it in the school division I worked in for almost 20 years. Most days it was the 180 degrees different for me and others.

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Culture and Community in my Classroom

Culture and Community in my Classroom | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In January I signed up for BLOG-A-MONTH where I get to read some great blogs from inspiring educators, and I get to write a lil' something too and have it read by the hard-working, inspiring member...

Via Dan Kirsch
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People make up community and the culture in a classroom.

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The 50 great books on education

The 50 great books on education | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have often argued that I would not let any teacher into a school unless – as a minimum – they had read, carefully and well, the three great books on education: Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and…

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It is a great list.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 1, 2014 6:43 PM

The 50 great books on education? Pretty bold assertion. It's a good list of books on education, but we can be sure that many other folks have their own list of 50. Or maybe just 25, or 10. For me, the objective of the list would be to reflect on what we've done well and examine the thinking of experts, perhaps outside of the field of education, whose thinking can assist in the re-invention of education.

blanca ninfa carvajal's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:44 AM

La educación como medio transformador trasciende todos los espacios y medios de la vida, permeando la vida misma

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

Via Nicolás Dominguez
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This is a very interesting article and appears to be a provocative book. We need to move out of the 19th Century and into the 21st Century retaining those features that can still apply and replacing those that do not. Education is still a local process which needs more local community engagement. What is important to the families and community the school serves?

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Facing Overwhelming Odds Produces Greatness and Beauty Malcolm Gladwell: David and Goliath | Video on TED.com

It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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I have not read the book yet so I want to spend some time listening to this.

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The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme | DMLcentral

The Great Peer Learning Pyramid Scheme | DMLcentral | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I often get asked questions like these: Does peer learning really work? Don’t we need experts to learn from? Can the (proverbially) blind really lead the blind? Those are good questions and I will get back to them in a second.

Via Elke Lackner
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Peer learning does work when the teacher is actively engaged and involved. It is not just letting students loose and on their own and it is not pouring useless knowledge into them. The latter cannot be done. It is creating a living field where the boundaries expand and contract as needed and teaching is keeping a watchful set of senses open in mindful ways to the needs as they appear.

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How to Build a Culture of Innovation by Killing Mediocrity Pt. 1

How to Build a Culture of Innovation by Killing Mediocrity Pt. 1 | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Innovation Suffocates in a Culture of Mediocrity: How to breathe life into company culture to compete for the futureIdeas are a dime a dozen. Everyone seems to have one or more. I just wish that more
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Change is always happening. Are we even aware of the change and what that means? Just saying we want innovation and creativity does make it so. Look at education. For all the talk of change, it looks remarkably the same with new technology, but largely the same.

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How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To

How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

od Glassdoor recently announced their sixth annual Employees' Choice Awards, which uses employee ratings to determine the top 50 places to work. Here's...


Via Sandeep Gautam, John Michel, Bobby Dillard
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People matter is first and foremost. It is more than words. It is embodied in the actions that make people like coming to work and wanting to be there.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:20 AM

Key to engagement and enhanced productivity...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 2014 8:31 PM

People do matter and feel they are heard when they go to a place they love to go to. When this happens, they trust people they work with.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 28, 2014 1:34 PM

For the first 15 years of my teaching career, I loved to go to work. It actually was not work. For the last 5-7 years, I had to make sure that the bosses I worked for did not deny me the love of what I did. Healthy relationships are at the heart of work. It is rarely about money and perks.

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For Parents Who Have Children with ADHD: Taking Care of Yourself - Mental Health Awareness

For Parents Who Have Children with ADHD: Taking Care of Yourself - Mental Health Awareness | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It is stressful to raise a child with ADHD. It places a lot of demand on you- your mind, body and spirit.

Via Lou Salza
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Recent research suggested that mindfulness based stress reduction can be helpful for parents and, probably, teachers in these relationships. You find yourself more grounded and present.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 31, 2014 1:37 PM

This topic came up in my family on fb so I thought it was time to share some coping tools for our stressed parents out there. Yes ADHD does exist! and no it is not about paying attention!  It is about self regulation ) or lack of it) difficulty with time ( only two kinds: now & not now!) planning, managing, predicting activities to meet obligations. Moms. Dads--thanks for all you do!--Lou

 

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"It is stressful to raise a child with ADHD. It places a lot of demand on you- your mind, body and spirit. These children require a lot of attention and supervision. They can be demanding, defiant, and aggressive. It is important however that you, as a parent, to take care of yourself. You need to replenish emotionally and feel that you have control over your life.

 

 

There are some tips and suggestions for preventing stressful situations that you can implement into your daily routine...."

 
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for the love of learning: Here's my chapter from the book De-Testing and De-Grading Schools

for the love of learning: Here's my chapter from the book De-Testing and De-Grading Schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Here is a link to an interesting article about doing away with marks and grading the way they are currently practiced in School.

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If you're a #leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff

If you're a #leader with all the answers, that means you don't listen to your staff | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Unless they’re in crisis mode, bosses simply need to be able to motivate people to achieve shared goals

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Leading is often about asking questions rather than having answers. Questions suggest that employees do know something the boss might not fully understand. This was rarely my experience in education. Usually, the people outside the classroom had the answers until it was a crisis moment.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:09 PM

Outstanding motivational piece on how to effectively lead.  Avoid coming into a new organization having all the answers, create a shared vision, earn commitment and trust, etc.  A great read!

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How Employees Decide To Quit

How Employees Decide To Quit | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Employee turnover is very much on the agenda this year. In fact, a report from OI partners has shown that 51 percent of employers surveyed in North America reported higher turnover compared to just 30 percent reporting higher turnover in 2012.


Via Terence R. Egan, Bobby Dillard
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50% turnover has an incredible impact on innovation and productivity in the workplace. Add to this the reality that many others are just showing up in body and not in spirit and mind. Is this happening in our education system with students and teachers?

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Why Leadership Development Programs Fail - McKinsey & Co

Why Leadership Development Programs Fail - McKinsey & Co | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Sidestepping four common mistakes can help companies develop stronger and more capable leaders.


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Bobby Dillard
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Context is important. This has been known for some time so it is not something new. The challenge is how do we change what goes on?

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:00 PM

McKinsey has featured some excellent stories and principles to take leader learning beyond the classroom with focused & clear strategies. ~ D

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Controlled Chaos: Project Based Learning - The Transylvania Times

Controlled Chaos: Project Based Learning - The Transylvania Times | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If someone walked into my sophomore English classroom the week before spring break, they might have questioned my classroom management. They would
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Learning and living are messy. The best classroom management is having students so engaged in what they are doing that learning happens. That is not only great classroom management it is great teaching.

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Choose Your Default Response to Everything

Choose Your Default Response to Everything | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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"Choose curiosity as your initial response to every leadership situation and encounter."


Via Allan Shaw, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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This is a straightforward article about how authentic curiosity overcomes many obstacles.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, April 1, 2014 5:42 PM

"8 powers of curiosity:

Empowers you. The person asking the questions controls the situation.Moves toward.Expresses courage and openness.Strengthens relationships, eventually.Protects organizations.Affirms and gives space to others. Curiosity says you and your situation matter to me.Elevates your status as a leader.Exposes opportunity."
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Next Stop - The Underground Creative - Follow the Signs

Next Stop - The Underground Creative - Follow the Signs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A personal project can transform into a substantial creative career. But we might not all get stopped by the cops for being a bit too authentic.

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It sounds like fun.

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Student Power Rankings

Student Power Rankings | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
It is with great excitement I announce the launch of our Student Power Rankings. This is an exciting time that will push education into the 22nd century.  You have already heard a lot about 21st ce...

Via Chris Wejr
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You do have to read the whole article to find the point being made. It is very tongue in cheek and does point out some of the flaws with doing school they way we do it. We have not left the 19th Century model behind. How can we expect a 21st Century model?

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Chris Wejr's curator insight, April 1, 2014 1:29 PM

A great read for April 1 by West Van Superintendent Chris Kennedy.

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10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design

10,000 Hours to Mastery: The Gladwell Effect on Learning Design | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I just finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, Outliers. In one of its chapters, he explains the 10,000-hour rule.

 

Great book.  I saw this come alive in my son who, at 16 "wanted to be a musician" but was going through a period where hanging out with friends was all he could think about.  Having read the book, I challenged him to the 10,000 hours premise (and asked that if he wanted my backing on the music, he had to Prove to me his sincerity).  Well.........he became hyperfocused at that point and indeed, mastered percussion in ways that astounded me.  

 

Practice.  A vital piece of mastery.  Without time on task, you have mediocrity.  


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When I coached hockey, I used to tell my players and parents that if you practice something well for 10, 000 hours expect good results. If you practice something poorly for 10, 000 hours, expect frustration and poor results. I think when people realize doing something well requires commitment and perseverance to practice they can become enlivened in their learning.

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The Pedagogies of Reading and Not Reading

The Pedagogies of Reading and Not Reading | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“There is more than one way not to read, the most radical of which is not to open a book at all.” ~ Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read Not reading is serious scholarly business...

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Reading is an encounter is a great way of understanding reading.

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blanca ninfa carvajal's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:46 AM

La palabra capacidad de auto-Aprendizaje sí Expresa en la Lectura continua y Significativa

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7 Important Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Your Students

7 Important Tips for Providing Effective Feedback to Your  Students | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ March 20, 2014 Feedback is an essential element in the teaching/learning process. Through feedback students get to know how they are doing in their learning and through it too teachers learn about...”


Via Dean J. Fusto, Roxana Marachi, PhD, Alma Vega
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Hattie's is probably correct. Having said this, students play an integral role in the feedback. I learned that the best feedback was given to students who understood what the teacher was saying. Those students were translators for others. I found it worked very well. The key is that the teacher teaches and makes sure that those who are understanding it understand it correctly. The second point is that sometimes students come with their understandings which are hard to argue against. What does a particular thing mean in a student's life is sometimes much different than what it means in a teacher's life. Or, for that matter, a person who has never even been in the classroom or left many years ago.

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Autism as a facet of experience, not a limit (Harvard Ed, Temple Grandin)

Autism as a facet of experience, not a limit  (Harvard Ed, Temple Grandin) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State, brought her experience as an advocate for autistics to a talk at the Ed School.
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Some of the greatest learning I experienced in classrooms was from students who were different. They are insightful human beings who can add much to the forming and being of teachers.

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'An Industry of Mediocrity': Study Criticizes Teacher-Education Programs

'An Industry of Mediocrity': Study Criticizes Teacher-Education Programs | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The effort to rank programs, by the National Council on Teacher Quality and "U.S. News & World Report," has been controversial since it started, in 2011.

 

Colleges of education are "an industry of mediocrity" that churns out unprepared teachers to work in the nation's elementary and secondary schools, according to a highly anticipated report.

 

The report, "Teacher Prep Review," describes the findings of a controversial effort to rate the quality of programs at 1,130 institutions nationwide that prepare about 99 percent of the nation's traditionally trained teachers.


Via Gust MEES
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This is one of those issues that feeds back and forth on itself. Colleges of education are an industry of mediocrity, but so is K-12 education. There is a total absence of leadership at the political and bureaucratic levels.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 29, 2014 10:31 PM


When following on Social Media Twitter, I must agree to that :(((


Gilda Macedo's curator insight, March 29, 2014 11:00 PM

Se faz necessário criar estratégias de avaliação dos cursos oferecidos  e em contrapartida  avaliar as instituições de ensino seu currículo e programas de formação docente; 

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Residential schools mandatory in Alberta K-12 curriculum - Maclean's

Residential schools mandatory in Alberta K-12 curriculum - Maclean's | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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We included this in our classroom, but not as an isolated process. Rather, we had aboriginal people come in and share their experiences in a holistic way. We attempted to do this in a relational way rather than based on curricular outcomes to be checked off. The idea was to help us better understand what the residential school experience was.

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Want to Build Better Courses? Then Follow These Steps.

Want to Build Better Courses? Then Follow These Steps. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Want to build better courses? Then commit the time to learn something new and apply what you learn. If you write about your learning. That's a bonus.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Reflecting and writing is a key point. What is being noticed as patterns of difference is important in this process. Too often, we miss those things that make teaching a struggle because we are reflecting on the things that are different. It is actually a diffractive practice

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, March 30, 2014 4:51 AM

Useful steps to follow if you want to design your own teaching course

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 30, 2014 12:47 PM

This is a great article with some wonderful ideas for enhancing your online course. 

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 30, 2014 12:51 PM

This is a great article with some wonderful ideas for enhancing your online course.