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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.

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.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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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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.

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.

Books I read in September 2020

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in September 2020… Parable of the Sower , Octavia Butler [sci fi]. Parable of the Talents , Octavia Butler [sci fi]. All Systems Red , Martha Wells [sci fi]. Lord Foul’s Bane , Stephen Donaldson [fantasy]. The Illearth War , Stephen Donaldson [fantasy].

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A conversation with Katie Martin

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As always, Katie Martin has been doing a lot of wonderful work this summer around deeper learning and student engagement. I thought it might be fun for the two of us to just get together and chat. I tweeted an invitation to her and she kindly took me up on the offer.

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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.

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.

Reflecting on my work: Google Scholar v. Google Analytics

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Just leaving these two tables here as I reflect on the impact of my work and where I choose to put it. The scale isn’t even close. And this doesn’t even factor in interactivity… (e.g., my 80 blog posts that have received at least 30 comments, including one that has received 618 !). Over 4.4

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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.

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.

Are there any ?deeper learning? virtual schools?

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Virtual schools… I like the concept of shifting ‘time, place, path, and pace’ very much. But I think all of the virtual schools that I’ve encountered still focus primarily on low-level learning, digitized and chunked into a digital adaptive learning system. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ‘deeper learning’ or inquiry- and project-based learning as a core tenet of a virtual school.

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.

Books I read in August 2020

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in August 2020… Kiln People , David Brin [sci fi]. Cursed Bones , David Wells [fantasy]. Linkershim , David Wells [fantasy]. Reishi Adept , David Wells [fantasy]. Hope you’re reading something fun too! Related Posts. Books I read in January 2020.

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EcoMOD: Computational modeling and virtual worlds for 3rd grade ecosystems science

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Chris Dede , esteemed faculty member at Harvard University and one of my co-hosts at Silver Lining for Learning , has a project that is a finalist for a STEM DIVE award. Check out the video below.

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Coronavirus Chronicles 001 – Greene County Public Schools

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I thought it would be good to check in with schools and 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 001 is below. Thank you, Dr. Andrea Whitmarsh, for sharing how the Greene County Public Schools in Virginia are mobilizing during these early days! If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, get in touch !

Coronavirus Chronicles 043 – Bunche Middle School

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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 check-ins with educators all over. Episode 043 is below.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

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

A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning

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Today we start a new adventure! Dr. Yong Zhao gathered a few of us professor types together last week to brainstorm some ideas around his recent blog post, What if schools are closed for more than a year due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19)? We discussed that this present challenge also is an opportunity to rethink some big ideas around learning, teaching, and schooling.

Books I read in July 2020

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in July 2020… Equity Visits , Rachel Roegman et al. educational leadership]. The Power of Student Agency , Anindya Kundu [sociology]. Living on the Black , John Feinstein [baseball]. Motivate the Unmotivated , Rob Plevin [education].

Coronavirus Chronicles 030 – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

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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 check-ins with educators all over. Episode 030 is below. Thank you, Jeff Palladino , for sharing how Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, New York is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

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.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.

Silver Lining for Learning – Episode 01

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Episode 01 of Silver Lining for Learning is now available for viewing. Please visit our website to learn more about this initiative and our chief instigators. We also are looking for guest bloggers. Next week our guest will be Sugata Mitra ! Related Posts. A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning. Time to find other employment. Supporting effective technology integration and implementation: 2012 ISTE Leadership Forum #isteLF12. Education in a digital world [VIDEO].

Coronavirus Chronicles 021 – San Diego County Office of Education

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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 021 is below. Thank you, Adina Sullivan-Marlow , for sharing how the San Diego County Office of Education in California is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Still learning? Still growing?

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As a history major in college and former Social Studies teacher, I am aware of the racial abuses that have permeated our nation’s history and continue to be present. As a former attorney and current school law instructor, I also am cognizant of the laws and policies that perpetuate existing injustices and active harm to people of color. .

Coronavirus Chronicles 025 – International School of Amsterdam

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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 025 is below. Thank you, Shannon Hancock, Rania, and Trinabh, for sharing how the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. This was my first episode with students and of course you were FANTASTIC.

Inspiring K12 : Creating the Joy of Reading and Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Era

Personalized teaching of reading at the K-12 level can help imbue pleasure and interest in reading and the development of a reading habit, even among digital natives. A personalized approach works better than the systematic teaching of the entire class.