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The Three C’s for Improving Employee Morale

The Three C’s for Improving Employee Morale | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Morale. Satisfaction. Engagement. Motivation. While these squishy terms represent attributes that are difficult to quantify with scientific precision, few would

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21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.pdf

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While times change and technology marches for-ward, the principles of leadership are constant and standthe test of time. There are four ideas to keep in mind aswe explore The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership."


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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids - Huffington Post

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Why Pearson Tests Our Kids Huffington Post Pearson executives Sir Michael Barber, Saad Rizvi and John Fallon call their global market strategy "The Incomplete Guide To Delivering Learning Outcomes." Fallon, Pearson CEO, has been with the company...
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Cities Can’t Wait When it Comes to Early Learning

Cities Can’t Wait When it Comes to Early Learning | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A remarkable thing is happening. Local leaders in cities across the country are plowing ahead — in some areas, without additional funding from federal or state governments — and making commitments to quality early education.
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Start with a Theory, Not a Strategy - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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Start with a Theory, Not a Strategy
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Well-crafted strategies are road maps to places that yield competitive advantage and generate value for the firm. But once you've arrived, they don't take you anyplace else.
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Simon Sinek on the importance of the work environment

Simon Sinek on the importance of the work environment | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Central to the hypothesis of my book The 8 Step Guide to Building a Social Workplace is the notion that as human beings we are excellent at adapting to our

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PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change

PASSION...PURPOSE...PRIDE: Leaders Are Agents of Change | school improvement process | Scoop.it

If there is one thing I have learned in my twenty plus years as an educator it is this - The best leaders are able to influence us in positive ways regardless of how long we have been in education.  And there lies the beauty in what we do. Admittedly, most of what I believe in, model my ideas from, and emulate who I aspire to be like has been profoundly impacted by people I genuinely admire and respect. They are my "influencers." They are people just like you and me who have shaped my fundamental belief system in what it means to be a teacher. Whether I have known them for years, months, or only days, the power of time and knowledge doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care. What it does care about is how another person’s words, beliefs, and/or actions move us to want to take our own action. In other words, they influence us and move us in a way that makes us strive to want to influence others in a similar way.  


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Congress' assignment: school reform. Why not start with No Child Left Behind? - Los Angeles Times

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Congress' assignment: school reform. Why not start with No Child Left Behind?
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Unfortunately, the issue it is ignoring — as it has for years — is the one that most needs its attention: an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed | school improvement process | Scoop.it
“No Child Left Behind, “school choice,” “recovery school districts,” and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education “crisis.” Mind you, the “crisis” is that the United...
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School Reformers Should Try to Make Public Schools Cheaper, Not Just Better - Slate Magazine

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School Reformers Should Try to Make Public Schools Cheaper, Not Just Better
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Cory Booker and Mark Zuckerberg.
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Education Reform Starts In The Home - ReinventED Solutions

Education Reform Starts In The Home - ReinventED Solutions | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Now, another situation has me really thinking about education reform and the requirement that a two pronged intervention approach from educators AND parents is what is really needed to fix our education system.
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Time To Push Back Against School Reform Propaganda - The Newtown Bee

WPLN Time To Push Back Against School Reform Propaganda The Newtown Bee The US Department of Education and the State Department of Education want the public to believe that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) education reforms simply need more...
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Polishing Our Sea Glass

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Every student in middle school is precious—some simply need some polishing. My mother, as she grew older, found solace in walking the sandy beaches of Lake Erie. She kept her eyes focused on the sand, looking for sea glass—pieces of broken bottles that had been tossed around for who knows how long, ultimately washing ashore as polished gems.


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Life changing Leadership Theory - The 4 Critical indicators in Leading Change & The Management of Change


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15 Qualities Of A Transformational Change Agent

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My colleagues and I are often asked to ‘decode’ the process of business transformation and provide the repeatable ‘formula’ for success. I guess this is understandable given that widely quoted statistic – you know the one – that 70% of all change efforts fail. In a way, this interest in our work is very humbling.… Read the rest of this post & join the discussion →

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Are you a transformational Change Agent?  Clarifying post

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 13, 11:29 AM

Transforming leadership and other leading which is related i.e. adaptive and servant are so complex they cannot be turned into 7 habits, 3 feature, and 15 qualities. What happens is they turn into easy talking points which fill the air and resolve nothing. That is why 70% of change efforts (fixed and linear plans are counter to real change) fail. We think we can create formula and recipes for change when it requires being present in the planning and change process in a dialogic manner.

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Why You Hate Work

Why You Hate Work | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.

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Sharrock's curator insight, June 11, 9:24 AM

excerpt: "A 2012 global work force study of 32,000 employees by the consulting company Towers Watson found that the traditional definition of engagement — the willingness of employees to voluntarily expend extra effort — is no longer sufficient to fuel the highest levels of performance. Willing, it turns out, does not guarantee able. Companies in the Towers Watson study with high engagement scores measured in the traditional way had an operating margin of 14 percent. By contrast, companies with the highest number of “sustainably engaged” employees had an operating margin of 27 percent, nearly three times those with the lowest traditional engagement scores."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 11:59 AM

Not only do we hate work, we hate the commute to and from our work. I told colleagues I would teach for 1/2 the price. That was the wrong thing to say to other teachers. Apparently, even limited altruism is not welcome. When we work for money, it is inevitable that we will become unhappy. When we work for the love of what we do, we find ways to overcome the obstacles.

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Black educator: Is the education reform movement too white? - Washington Post (blog)

Black educator: Is the education reform movement too white? - Washington Post (blog) | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Black educator: Is the education reform movement too white?
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11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid - InformED

11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid - InformED | school improvement process | Scoop.it

"There's a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habit of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one thing in common: they make your job harder."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, May 30, 9:09 PM

These make so much sense... :-)

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 31, 1:45 PM

Each point makes sense. Teachers who build relationships with students, are creative in teaching, learn from each other, and allow silence to happen provide ways for learning to happen that are not common.

niftyjock's curator insight, June 1, 6:22 PM

Or don't make your assessments googlable 

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten

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The Work of Effective Middle Grades Principals: Responsiveness and Relationship

The Work of Effective Middle Grades Principals: Responsiveness and Relationship | school improvement process | Scoop.it

The purpose of this study was to describe and analyze middle grades principals' perceptions of effective school leadership. We focus within this article on leadership dispositions in particular, in the interest of space and because the domain remains particularly unexamined within the middle grades literature. We begin with a brief overview of related research and the theoretical framework that grounds our study. We then describe the qualitative methodology employed to pursue our purpose. Next we examine two key areas of our findings on middle grades leadership dispositions: developmental responsiveness and relationship. Finally, we consider the implications of this work for policy, practice and future research.


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Patti Kinney's curator insight, May 27, 2:35 PM

It was fun to discover a book that Sue Swaim and I co-authored was quoted in this study!

 

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A call to reinvent liberal arts education

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Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education.
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A new model of school reform - UC Berkeley (blog)

A new model of school reform - UC Berkeley (blog) | school improvement process | Scoop.it
A new model of school reform UC Berkeley (blog) Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark's, has taken a very different tack to school reform — and...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 8:01 PM

This makes sense and always has. We want to feel we have say in what is happening. Most of the so-called reform is outside-in which is deform. When we ask teachers to engage in change, it is transforming. When we do not and rely on external experts and consultants, we stand still which is like going backwards.

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The Great Society, 50 Years Later

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson gave a commencement speech that changed the relationship between our country and its people.
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Why Creating Organizational Change Is So Hard - Gallup.com

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Why Creating Organizational Change Is So Hard
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Organizational politics, silos, and market dynamics exert additional drag on effective change implementation.
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The Beginner's Guide To The Learning Pyramid - Edudemic

The Beginner's Guide To The Learning Pyramid - Edudemic | school improvement process | Scoop.it
Different teaching styles appeal to different types of students. Despite popular opinion, I know folks who do really well with lecture-based courses. Perhaps they’re just really well adapted to how most of our educational system works. Or perhaps they’re just some of the few who do really well with that instead of a more hands-on …

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