Monthly Archives: December 2011

Access to the J-Curve : A Universal Concept of Learning

I have to admit that two years ago, I didn’t, in general, use the terms access, accessible, or accessibility as a frame for beliefs about learning. Of course, as with most educators, I’ve been quick to embed phrases such as … Continue reading

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Stop the testing madness and focus on what the Finns have already proven works!

Let’s face it, profit drives America. It’s what a society based on the merits of capitalism is all about. As such, here’s a truism we continue (and likely will continue) to ignore: There’s no profit in fixing poverty and inequality, … Continue reading

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Faces of Poverty: In the Schools of the Most Charitable Nation on Earth

Before the winter break, a principal friend commented that winter holidays are a middle class privilege. She’s right. Despite our status as the most charitable nation on earth, our families are the most impoverished, by percentage ranking, of all the … Continue reading

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Strengthening district and school leadership with social media tools

There are two excellent books our right now that every district leader should read. The first to hit the shelves was Communicating and Connecting with Social Media by William M. Ferriter, Jason T. Ramsden, and Eric Sheninger. They suggest that … Continue reading

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If you could send one message to your super…? #edleader #edchat

The 2011 year was certainly exciting in both school reform and technology integration, but as the saying goes, "We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!" With 2012 just a few days away, what is one important message you’d really like your K-12 … Continue reading

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Time to bridge the divide between curriculum and technology

Is it time to break down the barriers between your district’s curriculum specialists and technology folks? Effective technology integration in day-to-day learning would seem to require the two departments working in tandem, to not only increase student achievement but also … Continue reading

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The super’s role in leading technology change – 5 key areas

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) provides a quick guide to the role of superintendents in leading technology integration in your districts. How do you or your district’s superintendent stack up to these five key areas? Understand the educational potential of … Continue reading

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Top 5 actions for superintendents leading change for digital learning

A little more than a year ago, Dr. Donna Peters, former superintendent of North Carolina’s Montgomery County Schools and the 2010 State Superintendent of the Year, reflected on her efforts to lead digital change in her school district: Leading change … Continue reading

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Is your leadership obsolete?

This 21st Century Principal post by J. Robinson is pointed towards relevancy at the building level but the same indicators could be said about superintendents and district-level leadership. A number of additional indicators were added in the comments. How do … Continue reading

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Schools are not an end in themselves

Mike McKay (@McKaySD36) from “north of the border” starts off with a convicting statement when he says: One of our challenges in transforming education in the 21st century (Yes, there is more than one challenge) is that we act as … Continue reading

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