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What helps students get good jobs?

What helps students get good jobs?

The latest results from Phi Delta Kappa’s annual poll… Check out standardized tests versus real-world projects in the image below. [cross-posted at Dangerously Irrelevant]

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Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

Innovative Educator Interview: Sarah Binder, Stratford (IA) Community Schools

I’m kicking off a new blog series in which I interview innovative educators in our region and around the world. First up, Sarah Binder, Superintendent and Elementary Principal of Stratford CSD! 1.  You have been working with your teachers to support concept-based teaching, Tell me what…

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Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Which schools are the true ‘miracles?’

Let’s imagine that we lived in an era in which change was occurring incredibly rapidly. An era in which our information landscape was undergoing drastic transformations into new, previously-unimaginable forms. An era in which our economic landscape was destroying rock-solid, stable livelihoods due to threats…

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America: Land of (Missed) Opportunity?

America: Land of (Missed) Opportunity?

As a history teacher I spent a lot of time reading and sharing immigrant stories. We have seen countless movies and TV series and news stories about poor, down-trodden immigrants who left everything behind to wait for the Statue of Liberty to come into view;…

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The Time is NOW

The Time is NOW

As I think about the start of the school for my children who are now a freshman and junior in high school and a sophomore in college, they don’t have much time left in K-12 education.  One child has only two more years to learn…

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Operationalizing Leadership

Operationalizing Leadership

Leadership: the action of leading a group of people or an organization. But what does this REALLY look like?  I believe that it looks something like what one high school principal is doing. This story starts out with a high principal contacting me late last…

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Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

Digital Citizenship from Spider-Man

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Predators. Identity theft. Misreported facts. Cyber-bullying. Poor decisions. Ruined reputations. Inappropriate photos. Denied job opportunities. For all the good that the internet brings, these are just a few of the dangers for people posting online. Once it’s out there, you…

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Which vision are you selling?

Which vision are you selling?

Are you selling a vision of student empowerment? Of kids as autonomous, self-directed learners who are thinking deeply, collaborating to make societal contributions, and using digital technologies to do powerful, meaningful, and authentic work? Or are you selling a vision of recall and regurgitation? Of…

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Learning Initiative

Learning Initiative

Wednesday, I had the fortunate opportunity to hear Patrick Larkin speak at 1:1 Institute’s Leadership Day. His message reflected the importance of sharing a school’s story, the importance of creating an environment of trust, and the importance of empowering learning experiences. Larkin’s comment that one…

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Shifting what should be Measured

Shifting what should be Measured

Seth Godin says in his blog that “we keep coming up with new things to measure (like processor speed, heat output, column inches) but it’s pretty rare that those measurements are actually a proxy for the impact or quality we care about. It takes a…

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Smackdown on Steroids

Smackdown on Steroids

Wanting to see and hear what teachers are doing with technology in their classrooms?  Interested in knowing how they are implementing technology after professional development has been provided?  Curious to have teachers learn from other teachers but don’t have a lot of time or opportunities…

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Visioning for desired awesomeness [ACTIVITY]

Visioning for desired awesomeness [ACTIVITY]

I asked 3 questions of the educators in charge of the upcoming 1:1 student computing initiative. They worked in small groups and used editable Google spreadsheets to record their responses… If our 1:1 initiative is wildly successful, what will we see? We tried to create…

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The What, So What, Now What? Is the “Now What?” Missing from all PD?

The What, So What, Now What?  Is the “Now What?” Missing from all PD?

If a friend told you that he was watching exercise TV shows each day before work, listening to healthy eating podcasts, and attending nutritional meetings at the local library; but he didn’t understand why he wasn’t seeing any changes in his weight, the way his…

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Coaching/Helping: Essential Reminders

Coaching/Helping: Essential Reminders

During my younger years, I enjoyed playing softball. I often felt like the Babe without the home run. I would swing for the fence, but often I missed the ball completely. Many of my coaches had suggestions: move up in the box, move back in…

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The magic formula for technology failure?

The magic formula for technology failure?

I’m cleaning out my home office and I found this note I hastily scrawled while traveling somewhere: Lack of vision + inadequate infrastructure + no training + poor implementation + insufficient ongoing support + refusal to change = tech success! Are you struggling with one…

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Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect…

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Are we too scared to give students real voice?

Are we too scared to give students real voice?

Today the Iowa Department of Education (DE) tweeted the following: But if you go look at the application announcement, it turns out that the student participant on the State Board of Education is a non-voting member. So much for having a real voice… [sigh] I’m…

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Three simple yet powerful questions

Three simple yet powerful questions

As fall conference time approaches, I remembered that last year I wasn’t able to attend my middle son’s conferences due to several personal and professional conflicts.  As an educator this didn’t sit well with me so I was trying to figure out a way to…

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Opportunity Cost

Opportunity Cost

If you think way back to that short stint you spent as a business major in college, before you dropped business law because you realized you didn’t need anymore foreign language credits, you may remember the concept of Opportunity Cost from microeconomics class.  The New Oxford…

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Heroes, Leaders, Innovators

Heroes, Leaders, Innovators

Image Credit: Amanda Tipton The last book I read was Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager. One quote really jumped out at me as I was reading. They said this: “One of the most endearing things about the maker movement is how…

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