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School Leadership - A Scottish Perspective: Twenty's Plenty For Leadership!

School Leadership - A Scottish Perspective: Twenty's Plenty For Leadership! | school improvement process | Scoop.it
RT @GilchristGeorge: School Leadership - A Scottish Perspective: Twenty's Plenty For Leadership! http://t.co/K6KgFzzssW a short read!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 17, 2:31 PM

I would add to bullet three and specific tools.

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Movie Time: Films Focused On Education Reform

Movie Time: Films Focused On Education Reform | school improvement process | Scoop.it
This lengthy list appeared on the Edutopia blog.
http://www.edutopia.org//article/movies-films-focused-education-reform (Movie Time: Films Focused On Education Reform - This lengthy list appeared on the Edutopia blog....
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9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions | school improvement process | Scoop.it

In an effort to understand the root cause of poor decision making, we looked at 360-feedback data from more than 50,000 leaders and compared the behavior of those who were perceived to be making poor decisions with that of the people perceived to be making very good decisions. We did a factor analysis of the behaviors that made the most statistical difference between the best and worst decision makers. Nine factors emerged as the most common paths to poor decision making. Here they are in order from most to least significant.

 


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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, 7:34 PM

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

Jacob M Engel's curator insight, September 2, 4:45 AM
Easy to read tough to follow!
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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 17, 1:19 AM

"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, 6:33 AM
A worthy read.
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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, 7:05 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, 6:29 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, 7:16 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, 10:35 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, 10:38 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 19, 1:14 AM

This is very true.

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, July 19, 12:40 PM

Lo que necesitan los líderes de tecnología en las escuelas

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The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons?

The School Is a Teacher—But What Are the Lessons? | school improvement process | Scoop.it

the school is so much more than a physical facility in which teachers present lessons; it is a laboratory of living where ongoing practices and relationships educate. Educators should stop every now and then to consider the lessons the school may be teaching via its programs, policies, rules, and regulations—by its way of life. When doing so, they may be surprised—and chagrined.

 


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The power of change management in facilitating instructional technology adoption

The power of change management in facilitating instructional technology adoption | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"While technology continues to evolve, the "Concerns Based Adoption Model" remains as relevant today as it was in 1987 ..."


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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, 6:15 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

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“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

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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, 4:39 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, 6:34 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, 2:57 PM

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, 11:31 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.

Daniela's curator insight, September 12, 6:31 PM

Herramientas y detalles de como podemos contar bien las historias.

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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, 7:20 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.