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The Path to Digital Citizenship

The Path to Digital Citizenship | school improvement process | Scoop.it
I've written and taught about digital citizenship for several years. And, while the term is new in our lexicon, the meaning spans generations.
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10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership

10 Principles of Effective and Authentic Leadership | school improvement process | Scoop.it
There is a great amount of definitions and theories about effective leadership. Each leader chooses their unique formula of success, but still there are keys to authentic leadership that can't be ignored. Here are 10 important principles each leader ...

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 28, 4:34 PM

A list of leadership characteristics that includes some unusually exceptional examples. 

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How to Create a Shiny, Happy Classroom

How to Create a Shiny, Happy Classroom | school improvement process | Scoop.it
New teachers have an opportunity to create a classroom where students feel secure, valued & successful. Veteran Cheryl Mizerny shares ideas that work for her.

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Thoughts on Leadership Reflecting the Legacy of Warren Bennis

Thoughts on Leadership Reflecting the Legacy of Warren Bennis | school improvement process | Scoop.it

Looking back at “the wisdom of Warren” quotations we still use in workshops today or I’ve published in books or The Leader Letter, here are a few of my very favorites:

 


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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 16, 10:19 PM

"While these reformers talk a lot about markets and competition, the essence of a good education — bringing together talented teachers, engaged students and a challenging curriculum — goes undiscussed." That quote wraps it up well.

 

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A Challenge to Principals: Focus on Staff Strengths

A Challenge to Principals: Focus on Staff Strengths | school improvement process | Scoop.it

I would challenge every principal and educational leader to take a cue from their incredible educators and start the year with the same positivity toward their faculties and staff. I would encourage educational leaders to focus on the talents and strengths of their faculties rather than focus on areas of growth for the upcoming year.

 


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How school leaders can facilitate teacher creativity

How school leaders can facilitate teacher creativity | school improvement process | Scoop.it
In order for teachers to encourage student innovation, they need the freedom to be innovative as well. Eight ways school leaders can support faculty who want to develop engaging curriculum.

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A Leadership Lesson From William Faulkner And The IBM Executive School - Forbes

A Leadership Lesson From William Faulkner And The IBM Executive School
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William Faulkner is one of America's most famous writers.

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Dan Forbes's curator insight, July 29, 3:33 AM
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Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It

Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It | school improvement process | Scoop.it
At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero....
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 29, 4:05 PM

Although this has an American slant, Canadians and Albertan should be concerned with School reform often resembling deform. Even when politicians, bureaucrats, and reformers set out to reform little changes. Simply put, the next new fad i.e. digital technologies gets ordered into the classroom with inadequate supports and little input from teachers.

 

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5 Successful BYOD Practices and Policies for the Schools

"Bring Your Own Device" Programs are Increasingly Popular in our Schools. What are the Key Factors in Successful Implementations? Are you thinking about

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 The notion of sharing and collaborating in a “networked classroom” empowers the whole learning environment.  The BYOD provides a creative solution to create a participative model of teaching and learning.  Teachers and students are side-by side in the learning process. BYOD programs promote student achievement and advance teachers’ technology skills. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, July 24, 3:29 PM

Great things to think about, as this is where libraries and education in general are heading...

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Why Employees Resist Change

Why Employees Resist Change | school improvement process | Scoop.it
These are a few initial responses you may experience when you announce an organizational change to employees. You will be better able to change employees' attitudes and turn their resistance into cooperation, once you understand why some are resisting change.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 4:16 PM

When people resist, we see that as problematic. In fact, it might be just what we need at times and maybe a lot of the time. Resisting, questioning, and challenging should be part of the conversation. I experienced a lot of compliance and conformity in School where someone external to my classroom often set the goals for my classroom. It was very unpopular when I spoke up and questioned, resisted, and challenged.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 24, 7:35 PM

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Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant

Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant | school improvement process | Scoop.it

When a school leader refuses to remove internal policy and filtering barriers that get in the way of students and teachers actually using purchased technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.


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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 18, 7:38 AM

I think uninformed and worse, unwilling to be informed leadership is frequently the barrier to effective technology integration in the library and classroom.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 18, 10:14 PM

This is very true.

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, July 19, 9:40 AM

Lo que necesitan los líderes de tecnología en las escuelas

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Educational Policy Information

Educational Policy Information | school improvement process | Scoop.it
The latest news in Educational Policy (Why building relationships is vital in school reform http://t.co/1voasWoqCy #edpolicy #education)
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Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work

Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work | school improvement process | Scoop.it

Despite the popularity of goal setting, there is compelling evidence that regardless of good intentions and effort, people and organizations consistently fall short of achieving their goals. More often than not, the fault is attributed to the goal setter. But the real problem may be in the efficacy of goal setting itself.

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 5:31 PM

Is it possible we get locked into goals once we write them down? Do we commit ourselves in ways that are hard to break free?

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#Leadership: Love Thy Critics !

#Leadership: Love Thy Critics ! | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Just like a good tester breaks the system to find flaws so that the software becomes robust and stable, the same way, these people pinpoint where we are going wrong.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Criticism

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Proactive+Thinking

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=LeaderShip

 

 
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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"I was speaking (tweeting) with Mark Barnes tonight, and he mentioned the idea of challenging existing forms and practices. And then someone tweeted the above image–a quote attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, according to the image source globalnerdy.com–and I was happy and favorited and saved and blogged.

The most dangerous phrase in the language is “we’ve always done it this way.” Which applies to education, too."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 19, 3:15 PM

How many times have you heard the phrase "We've always done it that way" but you are aware that the way it was done is not working? What if this year you choose to try new ways, such as project-based learning, or allowing students to help write rubrics. Take a few minutes as we enter this new year and decide what you might like to do differently. Make sure to collect the data, but be creative and push the envelope. Miracles may happen!

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Maybe class size does matter after all?

Maybe class size does matter after all? | school improvement process | Scoop.it

The key to a better education system is – by all accounts – to ensure we have better teachers.  Hard to argue with that isn’t it? And just for the record I’m all for enhancing teacher quality – who would argue against it? It’s just I’m not keen on the way that the phrase – teacher quality – is being used to underplay all the other factors that feed into education.

 


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15 Things Every Teacher Needs from a Principal

15 Things Every Teacher Needs from a Principal | school improvement process | Scoop.it

“Principalship” entails many things, but at its core, it is—and has always been—about building trusting relationships. We may balance the budget and successfully maintain the building; we may ensure that teachers have the necessary resources and all the professional development opportunities in the world…but if we fail to build trusting relationships, what good are balanced budgets, “SMART” classrooms, one-for-one programs, and squeaky clean amenities?


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The Marriage of Meaning and Happiness

The Marriage of Meaning and Happiness | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Happiness, purpose and meaning are top priority for Millennials. The marriage of meaning and happiness is challenging yet needed blend.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 4, 1:39 PM

The Viktor Frankl quote is important in this article. He wrote the definitive books on meaning in life. The work we do i.e. teaching has to have meaning. Work is embedded in life. It is married to who we are as a person.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 4, 3:34 PM

We want to be happy, find our purpose, and live a life of meaning. We want to change the world.


If Millennials had a slogan, this would be it.


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6 Steps: How Leaders Can Tell a Great Story

6 Steps: How Leaders Can Tell a Great Story | school improvement process | Scoop.it
It’s a skill every leader needs to master.

 

"We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you improve your ability to tell stories that persuade?"


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, July 31, 11:57 AM

What a great article with real practical advice!  All the steps are here for any leader to follow to become a better storyteller.


And I really like the 2 case studies shared. Not only are they written as as stories (an uncommon experience), they are terrific examples of 2 ways stories have been used by leaders and the results that occurred. 


Many thanks to fellow curator @Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this piece.

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, August 1, 8:31 AM

Harvard Business Review blog that brings together advice from both marketing and evolutionary biology to provide tips on how to tell a great story.

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Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore | school improvement process | Scoop.it

If you want to discover the origins of the most successful practices in pedagogy, student assessment, school leadership, and school improvement in Finland, you only need to visit some schools there and have a conversation with teachers and principals. Most of them have studied psychology, teaching methods, curriculum theories, assessment models, and classroom management researched and designed in the United States in their initial teacher education programs. So common is the reliance on U.S. ideas in Finland that some have come to call the Finnish school system a large-scale laboratory of American education innovation.

 


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7 Habits of Remarkably Successful Leaders

Great leaders are made, not born. Maximize your effectiveness by emulating these habits.

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Four Frames for Principals, New and Experienced

Four Frames for Principals, New and Experienced | school improvement process | Scoop.it

I was working with an elementary principal. One of the school's 3rd grade classes had given him a list of responsibilities they assumed formed his job. He showed me the list and chuckled, until he got to an item that he said made him shudder far more than smile: "You fix everything."  That overwhelming mandate contains a big piece of the truth: almost everything that happens in the school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal. What is equally valid is the reality that one person cannot know everything, be everywhere, prevent all problems, and fix everything.

 

 


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How Evolved Is Your Leadership Style?

How Evolved Is Your Leadership Style? | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Leadership influences behavior. Effective leadership creates positive change by inspiring and motivating. It creates an environment where colleagues love their work and strive to perform at their

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 4:20 PM

Leading is about power and how it flows. When we are conduits and let power flow through us, it works and allows others to take responsibility. It is not so much about giving them responsibly and about creating environments where responsibility is taken.

 

I compare it to teaching and learning. I cannot learn for students. They take responsibility for their learning. It does not mean I shirk responsibility in my teaching, rather I use it differently than the expert at the front of the class, with lights down, allowing children to do worksheets projected onto a screen while he checks a Twitter feed.

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The 18 things that great principals do differently

The 18 things that great principals do differently | school improvement process | Scoop.it

There’s plenty of attributes that go into being the successful rallying point of a school – it’s a complex job, managing wildly different sets of expectations from parents, administrators, teachers and pupils (and not necessarily in that order), with (usually) very limited resources and (often) a tricky and ever-changing regulatory environment.

 


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I have been a school leader, charged with responsibilities to lead and instruct.  It is an awesome job with great rewards, challenges, and satisfaction.  I have learned that the practices and behaviors of being an instructional leader need to unfold in a shared responsibility model of leadership. Principals should tap the collective wisdom and experience within the school community.  The challenge for every school leader is to find the source to shape and redefine the lived reality of leadership.

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NASSP Community of New Principals's curator insight, July 21, 8:14 AM

This graphic is worth printing and hanging in your office: an excellent reminder of what to do and not do!

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If you permit it, you promote it

If you permit it, you promote it | school improvement process | Scoop.it

 The point was made in the chapter Addressing Concerns that the principal plays an important role in dealing with ineffective practices throughout their school. Think about that again, “If you permit it, you promote it.”

 


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