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How to Be Emotionally Intelligent

How to Be Emotionally Intelligent | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
What makes a leader? Knowledge, smarts and vision, but also the ability to identify and monitor emotions and manage relationships.
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"Qualities associated with such “emotional intelligence” distinguish the best leaders in the corporate world, according to Mr. Goleman, a former New York Times science reporter, a psychologist and co-director of a consortium at Rutgers University to foster research on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence. "

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A Principal's Reflections: The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture

A Principal's Reflections: The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
A Principal's Reflections: The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture http://t.co/3Jamvg95Vf
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Giving up the power; empowering the students= culture change and massive amounts of engagement.

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5 "Ahas" on Authentic Leadership from Charles P. Garcia

5 "Ahas" on Authentic Leadership from Charles P. Garcia | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
This week's five Ahas are from the book Charles P. Garcia on Authentic Leadership. According to Charles, “being a successful leader is a matter of leading an authentic life, both personally and
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Leading change?  Keep these things in mind.........

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Essential Qualities of Leadership

Essential Qualities of Leadership | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
I write from time to time on the essential qualities of leadership. There are so many truly essential qualities required for Effective Leadership that I could write a book on the subject. But until...
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Vision (with a good office assistant to play iminy Cricket) is vital~!

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5 Characteristics of an Innovative Organization

5 Characteristics of an Innovative Organization | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
As the year has wrapped up for most North American schools, I look back at my year and realize how blessed I am to not only be able to travel the world and share my experience with others, but also...
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Berg's Eye View :Collect Data, Build Relationships, Affect Positive Progress

Berg's Eye View :Collect Data, Build Relationships, Affect Positive Progress | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
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A thoughtful blog post on one educator's perspective about what matters when it comes to change and growth.

 

"The bottom line is that my buy-in to various learning theories changes with my experience.  It doesn’t simply progress in a straight line.  It goes forward, sideways, and even backward.  I am at a place where I believe that there is one consistency in learning among all people, and that consistency is inconsistency.  "

 

"the intentional collection of data and authentic building of relationships are two non-negotiable practices in effective educational leadership, regardless of theoretical leanings."

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If the Shoe Fits: Nurturing an Ecology

If the Shoe Fits:  Nurturing an Ecology | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
In a recent post, I highlighted an integrated plan for change that was created by one thoughtful staff at a public elementary school.  While the plan was created by the staff, based on their unique...
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If the shoes fit, people will wear them!

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This is why we need DATA to support decisions- otherwise we are guessing!

This is why we need DATA to support decisions- otherwise we are guessing! | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
No one at the Misty Meadows Farm could figure out how all the horses were getting out of their stalls. It was a complete mystery and even the neighborhood teenagers were getting questioned as pranksters. That’s when the farm owners finally set up cameras to see what was actually going on. What they saw shocked [...]
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"The teenagers were blamed, but data proved the teens were not guilty!

"No one at the Misty Meadows Farm could figure out how all the horses were getting out of their stalls. It was a complete mystery and even the neighborhood teenagers were getting questioned as pranksters. That’s when the farm owners finally set up cameras to see what was actually going on. What they saw shocked them all… but not in the way you’d expect.

It turns out that one black beauty named Mariska, now known by her nickname, Houdini Horse, had taught herself how to unlock her own stall door. And it didn’t end just there… Mariska had actually been going around and freeing all the horses in the stable.

 

So..........let's be smart about the changes we make to our environments.  Using data to inform decisions does just that!  

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The Creative Leader: Part Six

The Creative Leader: Part Six | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
Great leaders not only value the ideas of others...they create the necessary space and environment for those ideas to percolate and evolve. When it comes to building creative and innovative organiz...
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Creativity is a collaborative act.


It is not enough to have great ideas…if you never choose to put them out there where people can see, grapple and engage with them.

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School Change: Primary Intervention Rating Scale (Elementary)

School Change:  Primary Intervention Rating Scale (Elementary) | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
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We often ask teachers to implement frameworks, initiatives, and behavior plans without asking for their feedback.  This tool can be used to do just that.  We know that aksing for feedback regularly makes a difference.  Consider using a tool like this to bring teachers voice to the forefront.  

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Educational Leadership: When Change Has Legs

Educational Leadership:  When Change Has Legs | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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A wonderful article by the one and only David Perkins.  One of his brilliant statements:  "In our experience, teachers are more likely to warm to frameworks they can adapt to their personal styles and circumstances. It's not just adjusting yourself to the clothing, but also adjusting the clothing to yourself!"

 

Innovations must be 'roomy".  If the shoe does not fit, it will not be worn.  

 

Here is a link to the article, if you are not an ASCD member:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2hutdvnxhdwd9c/ASCD.Change.Perkins.pdf

 

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, May 27, 2014 8:55 AM

Great pieces to think about when planning anything that involves people...  What changes would you like to make? Have you considered these factors?

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Why It’s Better To Binge Than To Learn Every Day

Why It’s Better To Binge Than To Learn Every Day | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
This is a great article.... My comment: You raise some very interesting points. I definitely agree that administrators need to have "all hands on deck". I also love the supports you have to help you go back for reflection on "binges". I have three cautions, however. First, many people tend to stay in "crisis mode", never making lists or returning for reflection. Secondly, there are people who tend to need to ponder simultaneous ideas before determining how they fit together in a logical fashion. These people prefer juggling, pondering and living in chaos for awhile until sense is made. I am not sure binges work for these people. Lastly, there are people who tweet using formats like scoop.it to explore ideas during sense-making. They probably binge, too,but maybe more frequently than your article supports. The important part is that they must build-in time for reflection, synthesis and creation. This does not happen as efficiently or effectively if you allow the clock and calendar to confine you. For the most creative and forward-thinking, I believe innovation happens in fits and bursts and starts, independent of the clock and calendar.
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The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence

The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
A school team's emotional intelligence might be the most important predictor of what it will to do together, what conversations will sound like, and how members will feel about going to meetings.
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A team's emotional intelligence might be the most important predictor of what it will do together, what conversations will sound like, and how members will feel about going to meetings -- and just because a team is comprised of individuals with strong emotional intelligence doesn't mean that the team itself will have high EI. Groups take on their own character.

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What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years

What Leadership Will Look Like In 20 Years | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
Let’s face it, most of us are addicted technology futurists. Who doesn’t enjoy speculating about what technology marvels will be commonplace in the coming decades? Will it be 3D printing? Artificial intelligence? “Singularity”? All are buzzwords of the emerging technology future. But what about leadership? If we don’t get leadership right, [...]
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Oh, I am loving this.......global thinkers as leaders.  What else ?!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 2014 8:17 PM

I try not to be overly predictive in what I think will happen next week let alone in 20 years. Can we get leadership right? What does that even mean? Leading will be about questions and an openness to questions.

 

I think we should be letting questions lead the way now. Why wait?

 

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Innovation Begins by Asking the Right Questions | Big Think

Innovation Begins by Asking the Right Questions | Big Think | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it

As leadership expert Daniel Pink explained in our video interview, managers and executives must know which questions to ask if they want to influence others.


Via Ken Cooper, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Innovative leadership begins with good questions

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Women in education: "Are You 'Leadership Material'? - Forbes

Women in education:  "Are You 'Leadership Material'? - Forbes | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
Are You 'Leadership Material'? Forbes In her latest book, Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit And Success, Hewlett argues that being perceived as “leadership material” is just as critical as ability when it comes to achieving career...
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Women leading often find themselves in a predicament.  How do we do it well without compromising our unique gifts?

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What is Collaboration (part 1)

What is Collaboration (part 1) | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
  As I wrote earlier , I had the very fortunate luck of attending  a mini-session at the Project Zero Summer Institute 2013:   “Effective Professional Learning Communities:  Supporting Learnin...
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True collaboration in schools, districts, learning communities is hard to create.  The benefits are huge!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:42 PM

Cooperation is at the heart of educative processes and living.

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It’s Time for a New Style of Leadership

It’s Time for a New Style of Leadership | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
It’s time for a new style of leadership. Today’s employees want to work for an organization that they can feel proud of: an organization that has compatible with their own; an organization that is
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" it is management’s role to do the motivating–– that is, it is up to management to push employees toward certain behaviors or to control them in a certain way. "

 

"managers can earn the respect of their colleagues through their expertise, their personal integrity, and their ability to foster trust. While reward, punishment, and authority come with an individual’s position, the most effective forms of management––respect, expertise, and trust—reside in the person and are earned over time."


Indeed, effective leaders embrace the school's mission and emphasize, consistently, every person's role as a contributing member of something larger.  

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Making It Happen: "When Change Has Legs"

Making It Happen:                         "When Change Has Legs" | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
The problem with new initiatives is that nobody wants another thing to do.  Everyone is full-up, drowning in a plate that is over-full.  Still, continuous improvement seems necessary.  Change , nat...
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A fabulous article by David Perkins and James Reese is summarized and discussed.  

 

We love new initiatives, but most often they are implemented in ways that almost guarantee their death.  This article discusses the important conversations we need to have in order to put "legs" on the ideas.  

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How to start a movement

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With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.) (Discussing the authentic leadership of the first follower - @TEDTalks: How to start a movement.
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Talking heads: leaders must understand their community and context

Talking heads: leaders must understand their community and context | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
'My role is to connect the community, students, parents and staff... I'm the glue that holds it together.' Executive headteacher Robert Carpenter shares his views on school leadership
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Important concepts:  

1.   try to have a clarity of purpose

2.  It's important to show students models of excellence and connect learning with the real world.

3. understand your community and your context


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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, August 8, 2015 9:56 AM

Important concepts:  

1.   try to have a clarity of purpose

2.  It's important to show students models of excellence and connect learning with the real world.

3. understand your community and your context


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If the Shoe Fits: Nurturing an Ecology

If the Shoe Fits:  Nurturing an Ecology | Leadership:  Positive, Supportive  School Culture | Scoop.it
In a recent post, I highlighted an integrated plan for change that was created by one thoughtful staff at a public elementary school.  While the plan was created by the staff, based on their unique...
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Alas, those working as coaches and offering support for leaders often forget that they won't do it if it is too bulky.............

 

 

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What Every Administrator Needs to Know About PBIS

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Based on literature regarding effective school administrators, ten principal leadership strategies related to PBIS have been identified:Maintaining standards regarding which innovations their school would employMaking a public statement of support once the faculty selected an innovationEstablishing a representative leadership team to lead the process of implementing the innovationSupporting the team members to have the time and resources to accomplish the taskGuiding rather than dictating decision-makingTaking a leadership role to model and reinforce implementing the innovation with fidelityRegularly attending and participating in team meetingsProviding recognition to faculty for their hard workServing as the spokesperson to community stakeholders about the worth and importance of the innovationsEstablishing objective means to monitor and provide feedback to all staff about the effect of the innovation

 

http://www.wisconsinpbisnetwork.org/administrators.html

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