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Cargo Cult Strategy | Digital Tonto

Cargo Cult Strategy | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
It makes no sense to build an airfield, without learning how to build machines that can fly first. In much the same way, you can’t expect to adopt the strategies and tactics of another organization and enjoy the same success, without building the capabilities and culture that will make those tactics effective.

In Good Strategy / Bad Strategy, Richard Rumelt wrote that good strategy “brings relative strength to bear against relative weakness” and that’s undoubtedly true. Yet far too many managers today are merely adopting the strategies that someone else made successful. They are, essentially, cargo cult strategists
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We educators keep encountering the same kind of problem. We know that the PISAs and some other multinational assessments can be standardized and they can be compared in terms of outcomes. However, when we find the top performing countries, we find many experts pumping out "strategies and tactics" that apparently made those national education programs succeed. A few articles have come out exploring the cultures and policies of those successful nations and those articles have argued that we can't simply absorb those strategies and tactics into our (the US's) own, but this article, addressing the issue from a business standpoint, offers a fresh new perspective and powerful anecdote to share in Board of Education meetings and in education conferences. 
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How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples | Tech in...

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples | Tech in... | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples (How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples via @AnaCristinaPrts http://t.co/JTHhVd2zub)
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Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners

Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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A review without the educational jargon we like to use. Simple and to the point. 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:52 AM

There are excellent ideas here and for more than the reluctant learner. If teachers used these ideas to shape their lessons generally, it would make a difference.

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U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions

U.S. DoE wants fewer out-of-school suspensions | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

The Washington Examiner (8/19) reports that Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday tweeted, “Thanks to the Montgomery County, MD schools for moving their discipline policy away from out-of-school suspensions.” The piece explains that this sentiment “comes as no surprise,” noting that the Administration “has repeatedly called on schools to move away from out-of-school suspensions whenever possible.” The piece notes that Duncan cites criticisms “that minorities tend to be expelled at a much higher rate than their peers,” and quotes him saying in January, “Our department’s Civil Rights Data Collection shows that African-American students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as their white peers to be expelled or suspended. And we know that discipline policy and practices matter tremendously — there is nothing inevitable about high rates of suspension and expulsion. We can, and must, do much better.”

 

 


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Research Update: School Turnarounds - SEDL Letter, Improving School Performance, Vol. XXI, Number 1, November 2009

Research Update: School Turnarounds - SEDL Letter, Improving School Performance, Vol. XXI, Number 1, November 2009 | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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Creative Management Lessons From The Difficult Men Who Changed Television

Creative Management Lessons From The Difficult Men Who Changed Television | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In his new book Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution, GQ correspondent Brett Martin gives us a dishy history of the transformation of the TV drama. Martin’s title has two senses.
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A great question in thie article: "Simon was sometimes puzzled that people thought he was angry at them personally, when in fact he simply saw himself engaged in healthy debate. How do you challenge someone without seeming like a jerk?"

 

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