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Londoner fails driving theory test a record 107 times

Londoner fails driving theory test a record 107 times | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Britain's worst driver has failed a record 107 attempts at the car theory test and is still yet to pass.

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More funnies...or a story about perseverence.

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School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor
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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog)

“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource GeekDad (blog) As GeekDads we are probably more aware than others of the increasing interest from parents, schools and businesses of teaching kids to code.
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Employee burnout is becoming a huge problem in the American workforce

Employee burnout is becoming a huge problem in the American workforce | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
While companies are posting record profits, Americans are working harder than ever before for a nominal wage increase. The national unemployment rate has been cut in half since 2010 and the economy is projected to grow by almost 50% between 2010 and 2020. Despite this positive outlook, employees are overworked, burned out, and dissatisfied
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Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls - BBC News

Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls - BBC News | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The latest data from Statistics Canada shows that youth suicide declined amongst boys, but is on the rise amongst girls.
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Breaking the STEM ceiling for girls | Brookings Institution

Breaking the STEM ceiling for girls | Brookings Institution | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Ingrained biases start at an early age and become even more pronounced as girls move through school and enter into the world of work. Girls are rarely encouraged to study math or science, and often internalize beliefs that boys are simply better in these fields. For example, even when girls do better than boys in math and science in grade 4 on a standardized test like TIMMS, this difference tends to disappear by grade 8, with only a few exceptions. Parental expectations seem to shift at that age, too.  But even if they manage to overcome these initial barriers, young women who do excel in science or mathematics are often daunted by the prospect of being the only girl pursuing a STEM career, as well as by the possibility of future discrimination by employers. There are not many female role models or mentors that can help young women navigate and ultimately overcome these concerns. 

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How to Build an Innovative Culture | Digital Tonto

How to Build an Innovative Culture | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In his recent book, The Idea Factory, Jon Gertner explains how Bell Labs designed their buildings so that people with varied expertise would be forced to interact.   Jonah Lehrer describes much the same at Pixar in Imagine, his (somewhat tarnished, but still worthwhile) book about creativity.  The highly innovative Santa Fe Institute is specifically set up for cross-disciplinary study.

The problem is that if you manage innovation, you end working with people who know a lot about things you don’t.  Therefore, you have to get comfortable being the dumbest guy in the room.  It’s frustrating and takes some getting used to.  Nevertheless, it’s absolutely essential to breaking new ground.
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Chinese-Built Infrastructure In Africa May Not Be As Bad As Some Think

Chinese-Built Infrastructure In Africa May Not Be As Bad As Some Think | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
China is building more infrastructure in Africa than any other country. Chinese banks are financing billions of dollars in new loans, aid packages and other deals to build badly-needed infrastructure across the continent, and it’s Chinese companies that are doing most of the engineering and construction work. Between 2009 and 2014, the Chinese signed approximately $328 billion in construction projects in Africa, an average of about $54 billion a year, according to data from the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. This trend is widely expected to continue as Beijing turns to its new development bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to focus more of its economic diplomacy around the world on building infrastructure.

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Common Myths That Are Getting in the Way of Good Leadership

Common Myths That Are Getting in the Way of Good Leadership | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
People are promoted because they’re good at their jobs. Being in a leadership position is a very different job, for which most are not trained. Why they’re not trained is a bit of a mystery. It’s as though colleges and professional schools don’t expect their graduates to move beyond the entry level. Interestingly,
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How black to be?

How black to be? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
we're looking at code-switching a little more broadly: many of us subtly, reflexively change the way we express ourselves all the time. We're hop-scotching between different cultural and linguistic spaces and different parts of our own identities — sometimes within a single interaction.
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While at college, I spoke on the hall phone to one of my high school friends. When I was done, my high school friend told me I talked differently than when I did in college. I come from a blue-collar town. I talked more rough. There were probably other ways I was acting. But the insight stuck with me. What's more is that at home, peers say I "talk white". 
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The Big Sort: Our Problematic Obsession in American Education With Ranking People

The Big Sort: Our Problematic Obsession in American Education With Ranking People | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Research shows that kids learn best when classroom teaching is geared not toward high-stakes year-end tests, but toward low-stakes, unit-level quizzes, created and graded by classroom teachers who use the results to refine their instruction throughout the year. The soundest use of testing, in other words, is as an instrument to figure out what children do and do not know, so that we can teach them better along the way.
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Leading with Humor

look at some of the broader recommendations summarized at the end of The Humor Code:

It’s not whether or not you’re funny, it’s what kind of funny you are. Be honest and authentic.
If you can’t be “ha-ha” funny, at least be “aha!” funny. Cleverness is sometimes good enough.

Good comedy is a conspiracy. Create an in-group.
Don’t be afraid to chuckle at yourself. It signals everything is okay.
Laughter is disarming. Poke fun at the stuff everyone’s worried about.
(One more useful tip: To tell whether a workmate’s amusement is real, not faked, look for crinkling around the eyes; if it’s there, you’ve got true “Duchenne” laughter, named for the French physician who identified it.)
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Content Is Crap | Digital Tonto

Content Is Crap | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
True emotional connections come from passion and passionate people are committed not because they’ve made a strategic choice, but because they have answered a calling and never felt like they had a choice.

Every brand has a great story to tell.  But please, don’t call it content. Content is crap.
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10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A one-item to-do list, smarter ways to email, and productive procrastination: We've gathered the best ways to get more done this year.
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Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?
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ASCD - ESSA State Implementation Map

State Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is prompting many changes to state and local education policies. It’s crucial for educators to be involved in these implementation decisions, particularly around new accountability systems, professional development and evaluation requirements, and well-rounded education provisions. To help keep you informed and engaged in this process, this map provides links to state resources and opportunities for involvement. The amount of information and level of detail varies by state (and is entirely dependent on what each state provides) but may include links to four specific areas:
State ESSA Resources
Task Forces or Committees
Opportunities for Input
Information Updates

Click on your state to learn more.
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Women Are Losing Professional Ambition As Their Careers Progress

Women Are Losing Professional Ambition As Their Careers Progress | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Desire to advance to a top position declines at the senior manager level and above and drops from 72% to 57% as reality sets in about the challenges for advancement to senior leadership,” the report says.
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A reminder that we can "blame the victim" when we expect women to persevere despite the realities of the workplace and of the surrounding society of the organization that they work for. Then, when that is understood, you can expand that view to racial inequalities where a minority male may also discover and accept realities of the workplace and of the surrounding society of the organization that they work for. "Loss of ambition" can occur to anyone at any time when perspective limits ambition. Using Occam's Razor-type thinking, we can discard the gender, race, and ethnicity labels to simply blame the organizations culture and leadership for the lack of ambition in employees. The messages sent to employees can vary, but in the end, the perceptions and beliefs need to be understood and changed, requiring a more mindful approach to communicating expectations and rewarding employees consistently so that the messages are validated. Employees should not be expected to be crazy enough to ignore the limitations of their own experiences and observations in order to maintain their ambition and to persevered. 
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Genderswapping The Debates To Find Out If A Male Version Of Clinton Would Have Won

Genderswapping The Debates To Find Out If A Male Version Of Clinton Would Have Won | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
"When we see someone we immediately project an expectation given their gender, race, nationality and numerous other attributes," Guadalupe says. "That determines what we think of them even before having any real information on them and also creates a set of expectations on how the person should behave. Somewhat simplifying things: For Clinton, what is calm and in-command in a woman becomes weakness and submissiveness. For Trump, what is negatively seen as aggression in a man becomes passion and emotion, and that is maybe more appealing in a woman."
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This Former Googler Used Burnout To Reignite Her Career | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

This Former Googler Used Burnout To Reignite Her Career | Fast Company | The Future Of Business | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Here’s how I’ve learned to pivot out of a career plateau in order to move toward something new and more challenging.

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In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China

In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Chinese influence also goes beyond physical infrastructure. Now it's possible to pick up a copy of China Daily, China's state-run newspaper, in some African cities, and watch CCTV, China's state-run news channel. Some cities have Chinese language schools, and some African students are given grants to go study in China. In markets, Africans can buy Chinese bikes and mobile phones that aren't sold in other parts of the world.

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How Evolution Drives Culture and Technology | Digital Tonto

How Evolution Drives Culture and Technology | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
we survive not as individuals but as communities and that makes all the difference.  Starting from simple principles, they’ve been able to unlock many of the counter-intuitive secrets of how cultures emerge, adapt, spread ideas and produce technology.
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This Is How To Win With Passive-Aggressive People: 5 Proven Secrets - Barking Up The Wrong Tree

This Is How To Win With Passive-Aggressive People: 5 Proven Secrets - Barking Up The Wrong Tree | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Well-adjusted people are assertive. They’ll explain why they can’t help or ask for what they want. Aggressive folks will respond to requests with a flat “No” and will happily steamroll you to achieve their goals. Other people are passive. They’ll cave and do what you tell them, or give up on what they desire rather than ask for it.
And then we have the passive-aggressive bunch: they’re not going to say no, but they’re not going to follow through either. They’re not going to ask for what they want, but that’s not going to stop them from trying to get it.
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Europe’s sterile secularism could do with a dose of India’s founding ideals

Europe’s sterile secularism could do with a dose of India’s founding ideals | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In a democracy, it is not religion per se but efforts to stigmatise and intimidate people or groups that is a matter of concern. This is what India has yet to tackle effectively. When political parties can reach out to religious communities, take up their concerns and show that they give representation to candidates from different religions, they give a voice to minorities. This stems the sense of alienation and neglect that radicalisation so often taps into.
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Neuroscientists Have Discovered the Part of the Brain That Could Help You Manipulate Your Popularity

Neuroscientists Have Discovered the Part of the Brain That Could Help You Manipulate Your Popularity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A new study tells us why we might not be at the top of the social food chain.
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Woodside Charter School Principal Champions Hands-On Learning for Kids

"Having a number of trips and experiences, having children re-create what they see on trips, what they see in books, into real life" is key to meaningful learning, the 53-year-old educator said. "We try to bring real-life examples in for children as much as possible."
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Design Is Eating The World | Digital Tonto

Design Is Eating The World | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a radical shift toward design as a fundamental source of value.  It used to be that design was a relatively narrow field, but today it’s become central to product performance and everybody needs to be design literate.  To get an idea of where its all going, I looked in on how Autodesk is promoting design as a basic skill.
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Design isn't just useful for product design, but it is also valued in the design of digital dashboards as well as the presentation and formatting of data sharing. 
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10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A one-item to-do list, smarter ways to email, and productive procrastination: We've gathered the best ways to get more done this year.
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The Education of a CLO

The Education of a CLO | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The CLO role is one part educator, one part coach, and the final part is as the standard-bearer for organizational performance.
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