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Business Creates ‘Failure Wall’ To Learn From Mistakes: Listen on NPR's Here and Now

Business Creates ‘Failure Wall’ To Learn From Mistakes: Listen on NPR's Here and Now | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
An American company is using a unique approach to learn from failure. Post your mistakes at Here & Now's very own failure wall.

Apple Founder Steve Jobs is remembered for the way that he rose back up from failures. It worked pretty well for Jobs, and now businessman Jeff Stibel is betting on failure to help him succeed too.

Stibel is is the chairman and CEO of Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp, a private company that provides credit services to businesses.

He created a “Wall Of Failure” where employees can acknowledge past failures, and what they’ve learned as a result.

“We created the opportunity to cherish failure. We took the biggest wall we have in our office and we made it a failure wall and we put a bunch of well-known quotes and then we added some of our own,” Stibel told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

The wall includes one of Stibel’s largest business failures.

“My biggest one [failure] was that I had an opportunity to sell my first company to a little-known company called Google at the time. That was one of many,” he said.
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Excerpts from "Effective Teaching as a Civil Right: How Building Instructional Capacity Can Help Close the Achievement Gap," an article by Linda Darling-Hammond

Here are some quotes from Linda Darling-Hammond's article. You can read the whole article by clicking here: http://goo.gl/Gn6TA

"...teacher knowledge and skills are closely related to teachers’ and schools’ capacity to support stu- dent learning..."

"...I believe a capacity-building approach is critically important to promote effective teach- ing in all communities, particularly those where it is currently most lacking."

"...it is important to consider both teacher quality – so that the system recruits the right people and prepares them effectively – and teaching quality – so that the most effective practices are encouraged and the most supportive conditions are provided."

"Research has found that more-effective teachers gen- erally possess high verbal ability; strong content and pedagogical knowledge; an understanding of learners and learning; an ability to design useful curriculum, engaging learning tasks, and informa- tive assessments; and an ability and willingness to reflect on and improve their own practice.1"

"Substantial evidence also points to the importance of class size, specific curriculum supports, the avail- ability of instructional supports such as tutoring, and the use of time as strong predictors of student achievement, along with factors like student attendance.2"

"In one study, economists found that most value- added gains were attributable to teachers who were more experienced and better qualified, and who stay together as teams within their schools. The researchers found that peer learn- ing among small groups of teachers was the most powerful predictor of improved student achievement over time (Jackson & Bruegmann 2009)."

"Dramatic inequalities in access to certified teachers have been docu- mented in lawsuits challenging school funding in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, and Texas, among other states (Darling- Hammond 2010b)."

"In reading, for example, the negative effect on upper elementary students taught by underprepared novices has been estimated as the loss of about one-third of a grade level each year (Laczko-Kerr & Berliner 2002; Darling-Hammond
et al. 2005)"

"Focusing only on evaluating poor teachers out of the profession is unlikely to produce a highly effective teaching force if there are not equally strong efforts to develop a steady supply of effective teachers entering and staying in the profession and becoming more effective over the course of their careers."

"Pre-service teacher preparation and mentoring enhance teacher effective- ness both by transmitting important knowledge and skills and by enabling teachers to stay in the profession and become more effective with experience."

"Providing expert mentors to coach beginners also reduces beginning teacher attrition, with rates of leaving reduced from more than 30 percent of begin- ners to as low as 5 percent in some dis- tricts that have introduced high-quality programs."

"There are, of course, substantial differences in the relative effectiveness of teacher education programs."

"These reforms depend centrally on creating new models of clinical practice that are tightly integrated with coursework. Many successful schools of education have done this by creating professional development relationships with local schools, working with these sites to train novices in the classrooms of expert teachers. Highly developed models have been found to increase teacher effectiveness and retention, foster instructional improvement, and raise student achievement."

"It is not surprising, then, that research shows that the same teacher typically looks more effective on value- added measures when she is teaching more advantaged students – and less effective when she is assigned more students who are low-income, new English learners, or who have special education needs (Newton et al., forth- coming). "

"...two major U.S. studies have recently found that schemes pay- ing teachers based on their students’ test score gains do not raise student achieve- ment overall – a sign that this strategy does not build teachers’ capacity and effectiveness furthermore (Springer
et al. 2010; Fryer 2011)"

"Initiatives to measure and recognize teacher effectiveness have emerged as the press for improved student achievement has been joined to an awareness of the importance of teach- ers in contributing to student learning. Such initiatives will have the greatest pay-off if they reflect and stimulate the practices known to support student learning and are embedded in systems that also develop greater teacher com- petence through strong preparation and mentoring, coaching in relation to standards, and opportunities for teach- ers to help their colleagues and their schools improve. Policies that create increasingly valid measures of teacher effectiveness and develop innovative systems for recognizing, developing, and using expert teachers, while provid- ing incentives for them to work with the neediest students, can ultimately help create a more effective teaching profession that serves the nation’s chil- dren more equitably."
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I’m Keeping My Coach, but You May Not Need One

I’m Keeping My Coach, but You May Not Need One | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
How does someone qualify to be a coach? And why do so many athletes want a coach in the first place?



A guy I know wanted to start a coaching service for runners. He’s pretty fast and had run some marathons and a 50-mile race. He also coached his wife, who had successfully run a marathon. He asked if I wanted to be a coach, too, or at least provide online training advice to clients.

I was taken aback. Me? For one thing, it would be a conflict of interest to sell coaching advice and also write for The Times. But aside from that, I am so dependent on my own coach that I live by his schedules and report back to him after each run. I could not imagine being the adviser rather than the advisee.
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TV Limits for Children Urged by American Academy of Pediatrics

TV Limits for Children Urged by American Academy of Pediatrics | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and leaves less room for activities that do, pediatricians say.

Parents of infants and toddlers should limit the time their children spend in front of televisions, computers, self-described educational games and even grown-up shows playing in the background, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned on Tuesday. Video screen time provides no educational benefits for children under age 2 and leaves less room for activities that do, like interacting with other people and playing, the group said.
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100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers - Classroom 2.0 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones.

 

Although YouTube has been blocked from many/most schools, for obvious reasons and not so obvious ones. YouTube does provide great resources and content for teachers and students. View the list of the Top 100 Videos for Teachers. This list is provided by SmartTeaching.org, a leading online resource for current teachers, and aspiring education students and student teachers.

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Hope in the Unexpected: How Can Teachers Still Make a Difference in the World?

Hope in the Unexpected: How Can Teachers Still Make a Difference in the World? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Arendt’s biggest lessons about hope are that we all gain most when we are honest about the challenges we face and open to the unexpectedness of life. What can give us hope, then, are the concrete relationships with our students, our willingness to be there for them and to not be defined by the accountability culture that now saturates schools. If we believe our own claims to know the limits of what is possible, then we all will be constrained by those limits. The unexpected occurrences of our teaching can be merely annoying interruptions to our plans, or they can be surprises that, in our responses, take us where we might never have predicted. Our responses to the unexpected can either further entrench our own sense of powerlessness, or they can open up the unpredictability and possibility of our interactive lives for us and for our students.

 

Arendt shows us how three common narratives of hope upon which teachers depend—hope through progress, hope through goal-directed action, and hope through rebirth—can be a source of frustration and hopelessness because they all misunderstand the unpredictable nature of the interactive lives we lead. Yet she also shows us that if, on the other hand, we affirm the unpredictability of our lives, we can find a renewed sense of possibility and hope in our teaching, and our students can reap the benefits of this hope as much as we can. As I spoke with my former student about his teaching in Alaska, he was just starting to come to this realization.

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Glimmers of Hope

First there was Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the education bill in California.  In his letter, the governor chided the legislature for continuing to rely upon standardized testing as the only ‘data’ that counts when measuring schools success.  In his own words: Finally, while SB547 attempts to improve the API, it relies on the same quantitative and standardized paradigm at the heart of the current system. The criticism of the API is that it has led schools to focus too narrowly on tested subjects and ignore other subjects and matters that are vital to a well-rounded education. SB547 certainly would add more things to measure, but it is doubtful that it would actually improve our schools. Adding more speedometers to a broken car won’t turn it into a high-performance machine.

And then, my favorite quote from his veto message:  SB547 nowhere mentions good character or love of learning. It does allude to student excitement and creativity, but does not take these qualities seriously because they can’t be placed in a data stream. Lost in the bill’s turgid mandates is any recognition that quality is fundamentally different from quantity. There are other ways to improve our schools to indeed focus on quality. What about a system that relies on locally convened panels to visit schools, observe teachers, interview students, and examine student work? Such a system wouldn’t produce an API number, but it could improve the quality of our schools.
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Effective Teaching as a Civil Right: Linda Darling-Hammond

Effective Teaching as a Civil Right: Linda Darling-Hammond | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Despite growing evidence that expert teachers are critical to educational achievement, well-prepared and effective teachers are the most unequally distributed educational resource in the United States. Since federal supports for urban school funding and teacher training were dramatically reduced in the 1980s, teacher shortages in schools serving low-income students have increased. Since then, it has been increasingly common for students in poor rural and urban schools to experience a revolving door of inexperienced and underprepared teachers.
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The Fatal Flaw with 360 Surveys

The Fatal Flaw with 360 Surveys | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Marcus Buckingham - Harvard Business Review

 

I still think all but a very few 360 degree surveys are, at best, a waste of everyone's time, and at worst actively damaging to both the individual and the organization. We could stop using all of them, right now, and our organizations would be the stronger for it.

 

My beef with 360 surveys is more basic, more fundamental. It's the data itself. The data generated from a 360 survey is bad. It's always bad. And since the data is bad, no matter how well-intended your coaching, how insightful your feedback, how coherent your leadership model, you are likely leading your leaders astray.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedicated in Washington

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedicated in Washington | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't a big guy — but he cast a long shadow.

 

President Obama "Let us remember that change has never been quick. Change has never been simple or without controversy. Change depends on persistence. Change requires determination."

 

"We are being pulled from the familiar place of the 'I Have a Dream' speech, beyond the dream of racial justice to that of economic justice," said Bernice King, who reminded the crowd that her father fought not only for racial equality but for the rights of the poor. "He would want us to move beyond the dream and into action."

 

Her brother implored the crowd to care more about what King stood for than the man himself. "Sometimes we get caught up in the brand of my father but not the ideas of my father," Martin Luther King III said.

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Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing

Amazon Rewrites the Rules of Book Publishing | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Amazon.com, the online retailer, has long competed with bookstores; now it is starting to make deals with authors, bypassing the traditional publisher.

SEATTLE — Amazon.com has taught readers that they do not need bookstores. Now it is encouraging writers to cast aside their publishers.

Amazon will publish 122 books this fall in an array of genres, in both physical and e-book form. It is a striking acceleration of the retailer’s fledging publishing program that will place Amazon squarely in competition with the New York houses that are also its most prominent suppliers.

It has set up a flagship line run by a publishing veteran, Laurence Kirshbaum, to bring out brand-name fiction and nonfiction. It signed its first deal with the self-help author Tim Ferriss. Last week it announced a memoir by the actress and director Penny Marshall, for which it paid $800,000, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said.

Publishers say Amazon is aggressively wooing some of their top authors. And the company is gnawing away at the services that publishers, critics and agents used to provide.
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Sorry, but I Won’t Think for You

Sorry, but I Won’t Think for You | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
As a school administrator and former special education teacher, I have tremendous respect and high regard for teachers. Occasionally, the teaching field can be extremely-difficult, stressful, and full of delayed gratification.

Teachers deserve a work environment that allows autonomy, individuality, innovation, and opportunities to take risk. But, I will not think for you. In this environment, teachers must be able to work independently, collaborate with others, access resources, think outside-the-box, and still be held accountable.

As always, my role as a school administrator is also “lead learner,” “lead teacher,” or “chief learning officer.” That’s not just a statement. I’m here to facilitate, coach, guide, lead, help, assist, and empower. I’m here to collaboratively work with you through an entire project, from start to finish.

I definitely don’t want to hold you back, stifle your thinking, destroy your motivation, contain your creativity, negatively judge your approaches, and/or tell you that you’re always wrong. I believe in you, personally and professionally. And I can’t wait to see the amazing things you can create, implement, and produce when given this level of autonomy and free-will.
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Chess Tournament in Chicago Teaches Children Discipline

Chess Tournament in Chicago Teaches Children Discipline | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
A chess tournament in Oak Brook demonstrates how much discipline, analytical thinking, time management and other adult skills children can develop by playing the game.
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Ballet Legend Edward Villella Looks Back On Career: Listen on NPR's Here and Now

Ballet Legend Edward Villella Looks Back On Career: Listen on NPR's Here and Now | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Edward Villella has been called America's greatest male classical dancer. "When that curtain went up, I couldn't wait to hit the stage...I just burst on," he told Here & Now's Robin Young.

Edward Villella joined the New York City Ballet in 1957, under the tutelage of choreographer George Balanchine.

Villella likens Balanchine to Mozart and Shakespeare, and “Mr. B,” as he was called by his dancers, created some of his greatest ballets for Villella.

Since 1986, he’s been at the helm of the Miami City Ballet, the company he founded after he stopped performing. He recently announced that when the 2012 – 2013 season ends, he’ll retire.

Villella looked back on his career with Here & Now’s Robin Young, noting that as a young dancer “when that curtain went up, I couldn’t wait to hit the stage. I didn’t walk… I just burst onto a stage,” he said.
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Notes From a Dragon Mom

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How do you parent without a future, knowing that you will lose your child, bit by bit?



MY son, Ronan, looks at me and raises one eyebrow. His eyes are bright and focused. Ronan means “little seal” in Irish and it suits him.

I want to stop here, before the dreadful hitch: my son is 18 months old and will likely die before his third birthday. Ronan was born with Tay-Sachs, a rare genetic disorder. He is slowly regressing into a vegetative state. He’ll become paralyzed, experience seizures, lose all of his senses before he dies. There is no treatment and no cure.

How do you parent without a net, without a future, knowing that you will lose your child, bit by torturous bit?
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Warming Revives Old Dream of Sea Route in Russian Arctic

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As global warming melts the polar ice sheet, shipping, fishing and mining interests are looking to take advantage of the newly accessible Arctic Ocean.



ARKHANGELSK, Russia — Rounding the northernmost tip of Russia in his oceangoing tugboat this summer, Capt. Vladimir V. Bozanov saw plenty of walruses, some pods of beluga whales and in the distance a few icebergs.

One thing Captain Bozanov did not encounter while towing an industrial barge 2,300 miles across the Arctic Ocean was solid ice blocking his path anywhere along the route. Ten years ago, he said, an ice-free passage, even at the peak of summer, was exceptionally rare.
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An Indiana School System Goes Digital

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MUNSTER, Ind. — Laura Norman used to ask her seventh-grade scientists to take out their textbooks and flip to Page Such-and-Such. Now, she tells them to take out their laptops.

The day all have seen coming — traditional textbooks being replaced by interactive computer programs — arrived this year in this traditional, well-regarded school district, complete with one naysaying parent getting reported to the police. Unlike the tentative, incremental steps of digital initiatives at many schools nationwide, Munster made an all-in leap in a few frenetic months — removing all math and science textbooks for its 2,600 students in grades 5 to 12, and providing a window into the hurdles and hiccups of such an overhaul.
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"What Democracy Looks Like: The View From Occupy Boston"

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Engagement is Not a Goal

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The confusion of “engagement” as a primary goal of lesson design is a mistake. Engagement is not a goal, it’s an outcome of doing interesting, personally meaningful work.

The idea that children are swayed by marketing messages should not be a call to educators to use the same tactics, but to provide children with deep exposure to ideas so that they can see past marketing sleight of hand.
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What Can We Learn From Finland?: Diane Ravitch

What Can We Learn From Finland?: Diane Ravitch | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch have found themselves at odds on policy over the years, but they share a passion for improving schools. Bridging Differences will offer their insights on what matters most in education.

The highlight of my trip was visiting schools in Finland. Of course, Finland is much in the news these days because of its success on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) examinations. For the past decade, 15-year-old Finnish students have consistently been at or near the top of all the nations tested in reading, mathematics, and science. And just as consistently, the variance in quality among Finnish schools is the least of all nations tested, meaning that Finnish students can get a good education in virtually any school in the nation. That's equality of educational opportunity, a good public school in every neighborhood.

What makes the Finnish school system so amazing is that Finnish students never take a standardized test until their last year of high school, when they take a matriculation examination for college admission. Their own teachers design their tests, so teachers know how their students are doing and what they need. There is a national curriculum—broad guidelines to assure that all students have a full education—but it is not prescriptive. Teachers have extensive responsibility for designing curriculum and pedagogy in their school. They have a large degree of autonomy, because they are professionals.
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When the Vacation is Over for Good

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'When the Vacation is Over for Good' by Mark Strand

 

It will be strange
Knowing at last it couldn't go on forever,
The certain voice telling us over and over
That nothing would change,

 

And remembering too,
Because by then it will all be done with, the way
Things were, and how we had wasted time as though
There was nothing to do....

 

Click http://tinyurl.com/3lvb7x6 to read the whole poem.

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L.A. Unified principals to see teachers' effectiveness ratings

L.A. Unified principals to see teachers' effectiveness ratings | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
For the first time, Los Angeles school principals will see previously confidential ratings that estimate teachers' effectiveness in raising students' standardized test scores.

 

Los Angeles Unified officials began issuing the ratings privately to about 12,000 math and English teachers last year and plan to issue new ones this month to about 14,000 instructors, including some who teach science and history.

 

The scores are based on an analysis the district calls Academic Growth over Time. Taking an approach similar to that used in value-added ratings in other school systems across the country, the district analyzes teachers based on their students' progress on standardized tests from year to year.

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10 "Takeaway Tips" for Using Authentic Assessment at Your School

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Edutopia featured a great series on Comprehensive Assessment. (http://www.edutopia.org/stw-assessment). Among the resources available is a list of 10 Tips for Using Authentic Assessment at Your School.


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Response: Reasons For The 'Downgrade' In Respect For Teachers - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher

Response: Reasons For The 'Downgrade' In Respect For Teachers - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
As I mentioned in last Friday's post, I think it is safe to say that many of us teachers have felt less respected for a number of reasons -- whether it's the push for new test result-connected evaluations that are often couched in terms of "firing" teachers instead of helping us improve; the publication of teacher ratings in newspapers, and being told that the "best" people don't become teachers.

But are our concerns real or are many of us just whining?

It seems pretty clear that many in public life are taking actions that are indeed trying to "downgrade" respect for teachers. Though their actions are taking their toll in many of our professional lives, it fortunately appears that most people have not "bought in" to their perspectives.
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Coaching: Support Principals, Transform Schools - Via @PeterCCHS

Coaching: Support Principals, Transform Schools - Via @PeterCCHS | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
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