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The surveillance of our youth

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Like many school districts, the Southeast Polk School District in Pleasant Hill, Iowa monitors the Web usage of its students on district-provided computers for inappropriate activity.

If you want deeper learning…

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… you must have deeper teaching. You can’t get to deeper learning with worksheets and end-of-chapter review questions. You can’t get to deeper learning with self-paced adaptive learning modules that emphasize facts and procedures.

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

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I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters).

Unthoughtful consumption

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We spent the last 200+ years (at least) pushing consumption models of learning on most of our students. We asked them to be passive recipients of whatever information came from the teacher or textbook.

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.

Book review – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

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This post is a review of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today by Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray. Disclaimer: both are friends of mine so keep that in mind as you read below. My short recommendation?

It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough.

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Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates.

Our new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning, was released today!

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After 4+ years of piloting our 4 Shifts discussion protocol with thousands of educators, I am delighted to announce that our new book, Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning , is now available! Over the past few years the protocol has really started to take off.

Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network

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Yesterday I blogged an update on the 7-day Innovation Academy that we are conducting for 72 school leaders in North Dakota. Today I thought I’d share that we are about to launch a new initiative in Virginia.

Be proud of your pockets of innovation. AND…

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Every school system has pockets of innovation. Those three forward-thinking teachers in the elementary school, that one grade-level team in the middle school, the department that’s really trying to do something different at the high school, that amazing principal over there, and so on.

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.

Inspiring… or not

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Learning math by building bridges or designing aircraft wings is inspiring. Chugging through the odd-numbered practice problems at the end of the chapter is not. Improving our community by collecting data and investigating the causes of local environmental challenges is inspiring.

Four quick thoughts for higher education faculty

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I had the privilege of participating in a conversation today at my university about how (and whether) the digital work done by faculty should count for promotion and tenure. (I I also had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes; here are my slides ).

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

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Back in October I blogged that CASTLE and I were launching a 7-day Innovation Academy for school leaders in North Dakota.

SEL shouldn’t be a canned curriculum that we buy

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Jennifer Rich said: It has been lamented before that our children are overprogrammed and our schools are pushed to the brink with standards and standardized tests. We have also managed to slip down the rabbit hole with character education and social-emotional learning.

Why we don’t recommend using the 4 Shifts Protocol as a classroom observation tool

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Julie Graber and I often get asked if the 4 Shifts Protocol can be used as a comprehensive walkthrough or observation tool. While the protocol is open source and people can do whatever they want with it, we do NOT recommend using it in this manner.

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Sometimes mindless, sometimes malevolent

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Bill Ayers said: What we call education is usually no more than training. We are so busy operating schools we have lost sight of learning.

Unpacking our educators’ belief systems

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Recently I shared some stories of youth using technology in amazing, empowered ways with a group of educators. One of them asked me: So you believe that students should be on computers all the time in school? I was taken aback for a second.

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Trapped

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Administrators: We want to be more innovative but we feel trapped by our schedule. Administrators: We want to do things differently but we feel trapped by our curriculum. Administrators: We want to go in new directions but we feel trapped by our PD model.

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10 tech tools that will make you a super teacher!

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Just kidding. Because there are no tech tools that will make us super teachers. Pencils didn’t make us super teachers. Textbooks didn’t make us super teachers. Chalkboards and whiteboards and overhead projectors didn’t make us super teachers.

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Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

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A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

Doomed

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. Until the life success of our students is more important than our own comfort levels, any change we initiate is doomed. Download this image: jpg key pptx. Image credit: Shipwreck , sbuwert , Bigstock . Related Posts. Are you going fast enough? SLIDE]. Troublemaker [SLIDE].

If we don’t engage online, we cede mindshare to others who will

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[ Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Here’s my second one, which came out today. ]. Please join Dr. Heather Johnson and me for one or both of our two Spring 2019 social media workshops for SEHD faculty and students! ]. In my previous MMM , I noted the power of having an active and visible online presence as part of our professional and scholarly work.

Podcast – Moving from digital substitution to deeper learning

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Betsy Corcoran , CEO of EdSurge , asked me to do two podcast interviews with her while I was at the EdSurge Fusion conference in San Francisco in October. The second recording is now available.

Leadership challenges for Tony Sinanis

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Tony Sinanis asked a few of us to send him some (relatively quick) leadership challenges for his district’s school administrators. Here are the three I came up with today: What three would you submit? No related posts. Leadership and Vision leadership

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The benefits of active learning

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Are your equity efforts aimed at test scores or life readiness?

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Jason Glass said: I have an assignment for you.

Buying technology for the purpose of boosting test scores is like…

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Lose and lose and lose until you win

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Journalist I.F. Stone said: The only kinds of fights worth fighting are those you are going to lose because somebody has to fight them and lose and lose and lose until someday, somebody who believes as you do wins. You mustn’t feel like a martyr. You’ve got to enjoy it.”

Career-ready capstones [VIDEO]

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America Achieves has been sponsoring an Educator Voice Fellowship program here in Colorado. They have an upcoming event where they will highlight the work that these awesome educators have done regarding authentic performance tasks and career-ready capstone experiences.

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Podcast – Interview with Jeff Utecht

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Jeff Utecht grabbed me for a podcast interview when I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia a few weeks ago for the EARCOS Leadership Conference.

Podcast – A Did You Know? (Shift Happens) retrospective

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Betsy Corcoran , CEO of EdSurge , asked me to do two podcast interviews with her while I was at the EdSurge Fusion conference in San Francisco last month. The first recording is now available. Betsy asked me to reflect on the Did You Know?

North Dakota Innovation Academy: We launch tomorrow!

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Tomorrow I have the privilege of launching a 7-day Innovation Academy with school leaders across the state of North Dakota. The dates are spread out across the year. We end next May. .

Band-aid

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. Attaching band-aids to our current work doesn’t change much. Download this image: jpg key pptx. Image credit: Patching up school items , Penywise , Bigstock. Related Posts. Are you going fast enough? SLIDE]. Troublemaker [SLIDE]. Should our first goal really be to preserve the structure?

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What do you want school to be? [VIDEO]

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A wonderful video from the Early Learning Alliance. Some of my favorite quotes include: I want school to do no harm. I don’t want my kids coming home less interested in their world than when they left. YES!!]. I wish I felt like I had somewhere to go to learn about what I’m interested in.

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Increasing the visibility and impact of our work

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[ Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Here’s mine, slated for tomorrow. ].

St. Vrain Valley School District is the future of America

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The St. Vrain Valley School District is arguably the most innovative school district here in Colorado. And I’m incredibly excited to lead their next principal licensure cohort starting in January 2019. Woo hoo! Here is the district’s latest video. Public education proud, indeed.

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