Education and Educational Leadership

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What happened when one school banned homework — and asked kids to read and play instead

Mark Trifilio, principal of the public pre-K-5th grade Orchard School in Vermont, sat down with the school’s 40 educators last summer to discuss the soon-to-start new school year and homework — how much kids were getting and whether it was helping them learn.<p>Trifilio had been pondering the issue …

Teaching

How To Be A Great Public Speaker Even If It Sounds Scary

<i>How can one control their nerves during public speaking or even an exam? originally appeared on Quora -- the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Barbara Oakley, Co-Instructor, Learning How to Learn, the world's largest online</b> …

Public Speaking

The Past and the Promise: Today's Competency Education Movement | Jobs for the Future

Students at the Center: Competency Education Research Series<p>Competency education is attracting significant interest as a promising way to help meet …

From Stalemate to Solutions (Blog)

By Karen Abrams Gerber & Andrea JacobsBy using a dynamic framework for authentic collaboration, we can increase the potential for problem-solving and …

Collaboration

5 Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves Daily to Achieve Success

It all comes down to self-awareness.<p>Constant improvement is not easy. Whether it is a skill, or a positive quality, or a way of life you are looking to cultivate, staying on the positive side of the growth curve takes work.<p>My entire life, I have been immersed in worlds that have taught me how to …

Self-improvement

10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice

Across diverse districts I have asked teachers how they like to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. Over and …

The 7 pillars of today’s digital leadership

School and district leadership isn’t about a position or title–it’s about improving practices around digital learningIf educators want to see results …

Education

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us

“When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me.”<p>A t a recent morning …

The Secret to Being a Leader During Times of Great Change

During my twenties, I thought leadership was all about me. And for a while, it was.<p>As a twenty-six-year-old Berkeley student, I had the audacity to believe I could start a company, raise millions of dollars for it, and make it successful.<p>Looking back, I must have been insane.<p>I'm not sure how, but I …

Leadership

How to hire technology leaders, not followers

Hiring in today’s tech-driven schools requires a careful resculpting. Are you asking candidates the right questions?Just as a sculptor can take a …

Learning

Can 'Micro-Credentialing' Salvage Teacher PD?

—Tom Lynn for Education Week<p>Printer-Friendly<p>Email Article<p>Reprints<p>Comments<p>Last year, Kay Staley and Jessica Scherer, literacy coaches in the Kettle …

So you think you're a digital leader?

<i>This is the first in a series of four posts that have emerged as a result of a week-long trip to Silicon Valley with a group of educational leaders</i> …

How to Bring Design Thinking to Your School for Free (Without Hiring a Fancy Consultant)

<i>It’s time for another rousing edition of “Because You Asked,” a space for you to ask those questions weighing you down--the ones you don't even want</i> …

‘It’s Personalized, Online, and Blended’

<i>Personalized Learning. 21st Century Skills. Social Emotional Learning. Growth Mindset.</i><p>Education has a long tradition of being rife with buzzwords, …

How to Handle the Naysayer on Your Team

Just over a year ago, I talked with the executive vice president of HR for a Fortune 100 company about Joe,* a member of the senior leadership team: “Joe has good ideas, but he’s really negative, and he always plays the devil’s advocate. The CEO doesn’t really listen to Joe in meetings anymore …

Fixated on Leadership: Why Learning How to Follow is Crucial for Success

Leadership ability, it would seem, is the essential ingredient of success. But is it?Academies and institutes, high schools and colleges, MBA …

Education

How to Treat Employees Fairly in the Workplace

You probably thought you were able to treat employees fairly as a leader. And then the penny dropped. It probably happened when a specific experience …

Stop Innovating in Schools. Please.

Too often when we talk about "innovation" in education, we point to that new set of Chromebooks or those shiny new Smartboards as examples of our efforts to change what we do in the classroom. That is, after all, what "innovation" is all about, to "make changes in something established, especially …

Education

The Most Important Work of Pedagogy I've Read in Ten Years.

I want people to read Dr. Christopher Emdin's <i>For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood.</i>

Teaching

Here’s a Helpful Rundown of the Homework Debate

Homework is one of the most frequently and fiercely argued-about questions when it comes to education. On the one hand are the nightmare stories of …

El Paso Adopts Active Learning with Plan That Powers Innovation

El Paso ISD elected trustees have officially turned the corner from a decade of test prep to a new era of “Active Learning” by adopting a strategic …

Education

The ‘Walmartization’ of public education

The Walton Family Foundation — which says it has given some $1.3 billion in K-12 education across the country over the last two decades — announced early this year that it is committing $1 billion over the next five years to help expand charter and other school choice options across the country. …

Education