A Principal's Reflections

The Right Questions

A Principal's Reflections

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The Future of Work

A Principal's Reflections

The future of work should be on the top of everyone’s mind as it is smacking us right now in the face. As I have previously written, we are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where rampant innovation and exponential advances in technology are changing the societal landscape.

Learning Never Stops

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“ Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams How do you make, not find, the time to learn and get better? Often the number one impediment in this area is fitting it into our busy schedules. Trust me; I get it.

The Problem With Zeros

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The dreaded zero. For many students, this number elicits a certain amount of fear and anxiety that all assignments are turned in on time. I, for one, felt this way and made sure that everything was turned in when it was due.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

The Ascent to Growth

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I genuinely believe that most people want to get better in their professional role and they find comfort in growth. Who doesn’t want to make a difference while moving up the career ladder?

Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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“ Don’t prepare kids for something. Prepare them for anything !” I remember a world without the Internet, smart devices, mobile phones, 3D printers, and 4K televisions sets. After all, this was the world that many of us grew up in.

The Point of a Lesson

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I am not a huge fan of collecting lesson plans and have not been for years. It is my opinion that you can learn a great deal more by collecting and looking at assessments. Regardless of where you stand on the whole lesson plan debate, the intent is what really matters.

Zoning in on Change

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The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears. - Dan Stevens There are many impediments to the change process. One of the biggest culprits is fear.

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Feedback Should Be a Dialogue, Not a Monologue

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Feedback can bring people together in the pursuit of a shared goal. Criticism , on the other hand, can drive people apart. In many situations going with the former is the better course of action.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

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Blended instruction is what the teacher does with technology. Blended learning is where students use tech to have control over path, place, and pace. Eric Sheninger I remember back in 2012 when we began to implement blended learning strategies at my former high school.

Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

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When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal.

5 Ways to Create Relevant Cultures of Learning

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Education can seem like a balancing act between what we as adults feel is essential and what interests our learners. The struggle is real as the former is sometimes emphasized as a result of a school or district’s focus.

Lead in the Now

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“ When you finally let go of the past, something better comes along.” – Anonymous There are many reasons why we tend to fall back on what we are either comfortable with or have always done. For one, comfort tends to be the enemy of growth.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead

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A great deal has changed over the past few years not just in society, but also in education. Many of these changes are a result of the exponential advances in technology and the role these tools play in shaping both our personal and professional lives.

The Path to Efficacy

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Organizations, schools, and districts that are successful all lead with efficacy in mind. The same can be said for teachers and administrators who can effectively implement ideas and strategies in ways that result in improved learner outcomes.

The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place

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There are so many thoughts and ideas as to what learning really looks and feels like. From these conversations, educators form their own perspectives and opinions that best align with the vision, mission, and goals of their classroom, school or district.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning

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“ More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.” – Justin Rhodes Spending time in schools as a leadership and learning coach has been some of the most gratifying work I have done.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

What Learners Really Need

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A great deal has changed since I began writing this blog back in 2009. For starters, my primary device to connect on Twitter was a Blackberry. I didn’t even have a Facebook page until a year later.

Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There's an App for That!

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As teachers and administrators, grappling with off-task behaviors and distractions when it comes to student phones in the classroom has occurred at some point.

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12 Leadership Fundamentals

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Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.

Blending with Playlists

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In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. Before getting into the specifics of this post, it is important to flesh out each concept to ensure the efficacy of these shifts in pedagogy.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

The Challenges Educators Face

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We live in amazing times. Technology, most specifically social media, has flattened the world. Remember when we had to get all of our professional literature and information from journals, books, conferences, over the phone, or people that we came in direct contact with?

Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Smart People

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Leadership is a team sport. It is not about what one person does, but instead the cumulative actions of everyone in an organization.

Meaningful Learning Begins and Ends with the Opportunities We Create

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Learning hasn’t really changed, but the conditions that impact and influence it has.

3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal

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In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom. Planning takes time.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

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We live in amazing times where readily accessible research and connectivity converge to not only transform practices but also provide the means to share them for the benefit of others.

Cognitive Flexibility: Paving the Way For Learner Success

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A few years back the World Economic Forum came out with an article titled The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

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When I think back to my training to become a teacher, there were some reasonably consistent norms. These consisted of sound classroom management, listing the learning objectives, and developing a lesson plan.

Tap Into You Full Potential

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" Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. " - Mahatma Gandhi There are many elements to change.

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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In the past, I have written about my journey from digital nomad and detractor to leader. The catalyst for this transformation came in part from Twitter. My experiences in this social space forced me to take a critical lens to my professional practice as well as that of my staff in my school.

To Follow is to Lead

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“ If you think you’re leading, and no one is following you, then you’re only taking a walk. ” - Afghan Proverb If we follow someone that person is a leader then right? We are all meant to believe that the role of a leader is to empower others to follow to create and sustain successful systems.

Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Do you like change? If you do, then living in the present is an exhilarating experience. For those who don’t, buckle up as we are only going to see unprecedented innovations at exponential rates involving technology. You can’t run or hide from it.

Innovation is More Than an Idea or Tool

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What makes something innovative? There is no shortage of debate on this topic in the least bit. From articles to blog posts to books, that subject has been covered in great detail. One can look at numerous companies and develop his or her conclusions. Take Uber and Airbnb for example.

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Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.