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Why most schools won’t ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic

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A number of folks have been eagerly encouraging schools to ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic. Here is a smattering of such articles: A time for disruptive innovation in education. COVID-19 as a catalyst for educational change.

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Redesigning for Deeper Learning: 10 cohorts for international school educators!

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I am SUPER EXCITED to be offering this professional learning opportunity for international school educators! 5 tracks… 10 cohorts… 28 total sessions. ALL on instructional redesign (or leadership) for deeper learning. Woo hoo!

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The importance of social studies and information literacy

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As someone who grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and whose parents worked for the federal government, today’s events have been… challenging.

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Coming soon to a book shop near you…

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Women in school leadership: A few awesome initiatives

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There is some incredible work happening right now related to women in P-12 educational leadership. Below are four initiatives that have caught my attention over the past few months… Women Who Lead.

Dear Linda

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Dear Linda, Fifteen years ago you let a pigtailed 2nd grader walk down the hall and take 5th grade math. We came to you as the principal of our elementary school in Minnesota and said, “She’s ready for something more.” You smiled at us, looked at the data, and said, “We’ll find a way to make it work.”

Welcome back for the 2020 school year! [a letter from your local superintendent and school board]

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Dear students, educators, and families, Welcome back for the 2020 school year! We are incredibly delighted to have our children and educators back in school again, particularly after such a challenging spring and summer.

Books I read in February 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in February 2021… Critical Race Theory (3rd ed.), Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic [legal]. Fatemarked , David Estes [fantasy]. Truthmarked , David Estes [fantasy]. Soulmarked , David Estes [fantasy] . Kingdoms and Chaos , Kel Kade [fantasy].

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Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

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Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic.

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.

What are your school’s decision triggers for closing back down again?

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You’ve opened up school again and at least some students and teachers are attending in person. Unsurprisingly, some students, families, or educators begin to identify as positive for COVID-19. Now what? How many kids have to get sick before you shut down again? What are your decision-making criteria?

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Will schools acknowledge where and how they failed during the pandemic?

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In an article about the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball , Howard Bryant said: Baseball should have taken the honest road, which would be to carry its stain and leave the tattered, piecemeal records of the various Negro Leagues as a historical reminder of its own destructiveness.

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Design for high engagement this fall

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In a couple of recent posts, I said: One of the biggest challenges of ‘remote learning’ over the past few months has been that most of the motivators been pared away. For many students, all that has been left is the uninspiring learning. Little to no interaction with classmates.

Dear school leaders and policymakers: It didn’t have to be this way

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Dear school leaders and policymakers, . It didn’t have to be this way. You had all summer to watch the rising number of coronavirus cases all across the country. You had all summer to educate yourself about the science.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Sir Ken Robinson: A Brief In Memoriam [guest post]

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Amidst the chaos of 2020 we lost a true leader in education in late August just as schools were trying to reopen. In the event that you might have missed it, I wanted to circle back and offer a brief tribute.

Command and control versus key principles and autonomy

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In Leadership and the New Science , Margaret Wheatley noted: Scientists now describe how order and form are created not by complex controls, but by the presence of a few guiding formulas or principles repeating back on themselves through the exercise of individual freedom.

Beyond subject-verb agreement

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Kelisa Wing said : What kind of world do you want to leave for those who come after us? Who cares if my students know how to make their subjects and verbs agree if they use language to promulgate hate?

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Books I read in January 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in January 2021… A Murder of Quality , John le Carré [detective]. Soothsayer , Mike Resnick [sci fi]. Oracle , Mike Resnick [sci fi]. Prophet , Mike Resnick [sci fi]. The Widowmaker Reborn , Mike Resnick [sci fi].

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall

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As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, numerous school districts are reluctantly announcing that they will be doing ‘remote learning’ again this fall. Although we had the summer to prepare for this eventuality, unfortunately we have instead seen a lot of magical thinking from educational leaders and policy makers. . As much as we want our children to go back to school in person, we can’t underestimate how harmful this magical thinking can be.

Like No Other School Year

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As you may remember, I conducted 43 interviews for my Coronavirus Chronicles series in Spring and Summer 2020. I was interested in learning how schools were responding during the first months of the pandemic.

#CUDENVERSTRONG

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Greetings, amazing CU Denver principal licensure students! Before we send you some logistical emails, we just wanted to reiterate how proud of yourselves you should be. .

Books I read in December 2020

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in December 2020… Call for the Dead , John Le Carré [thriller]. A Song for the Dark Times , Ian Rankin [thriller]. Rhythm of War , Brandon Sanderson [fantasy]. Gust Front , John Ringo [sci fi]. Earthgrip , Harry Turtledove [sci fi].

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

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. Every leadership program discusses “What hill are you willing to die on? What decisions are worth losing your job for?” ” We haven’t done the necessary work to contain the coronavirus. Other areas that have opened too early have seen large waves of new cases.

August book study: Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

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Solution Tree is hosting a series of webinars this summer. My co-author, Julie Graber, and I are delighted that we were selected to do a FREE 4-week book study on Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning !

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CHART: School Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Version 01)

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It has been illuminating to listen to school leaders share how their systems are responding to the needs of their students, staff, and communities during the global pandemic. I need to summarize more concretely some of the key leadership behaviors and support structures that I have heard about in the Coronavirus Chronicles interviews , but in the meantime I thought I would share the following chart. I don’t claim that this chart is definitive or based on a scholarly analysis of data.

If all we offer is uninspiring learning, we?re in trouble

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Our students come to school for a variety of reasons: to see their friends; to participate in electives, extracurricular activities, and athletics; to interact with and get support from caring teachers; to get a credential for college, career, or the military; because their parents need child care; because state law requires them to attend; etc. What about learning? Yes, that’s a reason too… for some.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Taking students seriously disrupts our comfort and threatens our sense of authority

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Nicole Williams Beechum said : We know from research that students can have more robust learning experiences when what happens in school is relevant to their lives, helps them connect to a larger purpose, and is grounded in a sense of belonging.

Coronavirus Chronicles 016 – Brigantine Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 016 is below. Thank you, Glenn Robbins , for sharing how the Brigantine Public Schools in New Jersey have been adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Books I read in November 2020

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in November 2020… Law of Innocence , Michael Connelly [legal thriller]. Half Moon Bay , Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman [thriller]. Interference , Brad Parks [thriller]. A Girl From Nowhere , James Maxwell [sci fi].

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Which is bigger?

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I started a new principal licensure cohort this spring. On the second night of class, I had an awesome discussion with a couple of high school teachers about the perpetual issue of forcing students to learn math that they likely will never use again in their life. We make most (all) students take Algebra 2, for instance, even though most of them rarely (if ever) will use that learning later.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.