Image via Wikipedia This entry cross posted to "Sentiments On Common Sense" I found Scott McCleod's PDF handout on the 100 Principal Blog project almost 3 years ago when I took the initiative to start my school principal's blog. My tech integrator at the time, Jeff Utecht, was so proud. He had been gently encouraging me to think about taking it on as a way to communicate to our school community. One weekend, I sat on the couch, laptop at the ready and leapt into a wordpress blog provided by Scott. One of the key reasons for principals to blog ...


stimulus | 'stim yul us noun (pl. -li | -,li) • a thing that rouses energy in something or someone; • an interesting and exciting quality On this, the thirty-day anniversary of the historic Inauguration of our 44th President, this much is clear: when it comes to leadership, Barack Obama has some game! In just four weeks (about the time it took most of us to figure out where the restroom was in our new school), President Obama has named and re-named cabinet members, passed a nearly $800 billion stimulus package, flown to Denver, Phoenix and Ottawa, launched Hillary into the Far East, ...


A couple of months ago I wrote a post introducing a dilemma that my colleagues and I have been struggling to solve. The dilemma essentially is "How do leaders ensure that teachers are implementing best practices at a rigorous level in their classrooms?" This year we launched a major literacy initiative (really just a major expansion of an existing initiative) and along with that we introduced "Literacy Commitments" to increase the use of literacy skills across the curriculum. Nearly all of our middle schools and high schools have a Literacy Coach assigned to their campus and this person is charged ...


Dear A-Rod, I just can't thank you enough. You have provided me with the perfect example to bestow upon my charges just when I really needed a new, fresh one. This example is not that liars and cheaters never prosper, because you certainly have prospered, but that the truth will always prevail. Kids just don't believe they'll ever get caught, especially if they bend the truth about their involvement. I'm sure you didn't believe you'd get caught, either. I am continuously counseling students on how not owning up to their actions will catch up with them, explaining that not only ...


In the wake of Presidents Day, and inspired by ESPN's similar sports-related effort, I find myself wondering who would be included in a Mt. Rushmore of Education. Who are the giants; the folks upon whose shoulders we as educators stand? Here's how I'd construct the Mt. Rushmore of Education: *Horace Mann - considered the "Father of American Education" *John Dewey - the "Father of Progressive Education." His writings continue to influence educators worldwide. *Edward Thorndike - we have him to thank for bringing testing to bear on education. (besides, he needs to be here to make sure that Dewey doesn't ...


This week, on Thursday at 10:00 am in an obscure room in downtown Saskatoon I will be delivering my third presentation. Now, my record of presentations is, well, unknown since I really didn’t get any feedback from the previous two. I’ve made a note to make sure I leave comment pages for the participants so I have something with which to work. My presentation if focused on PLN - Professional/Personal Learning Networks. For me, both are so interwoven that I don’t bother separating them. Professional/Personal have intermixed with many of my personal pursuits also ...


Last month, Kay Yow died after a decades long battle with breast cancer. Our local paper ran an article yesterday on five lessons that she taught to all of her players through the years. It's a compelling read and her lessons are as much a series of leadership lessons as coaching lessons. It's important to put her lessons into context. She was a basketball coach before Title IX and before women's sports were being placed upon an equal footing as mens sports. She labored in the shadows of a larger than life location as far as basketball is concerned. Let's ...


When do we practitioners have time to read current research studies that can assist us with our daily work? And, why does it seem so difficult to wade through the research terminology (e.g. standard deviation, fixed effect, coefficients, regressions) I recently took the time to read the 2008 paper Scaling the Digital Divide: Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement by Charles T. Clotfelter, Helen F. Ladd and Jacob L. Vigdor. How does someone who is passionate about putting technology in the hands of students and teachers use the results of this study? The two research questions are: "Do students' ...


In a recent gathering of educators from different walks and disciplines headed by our own Scott McLeod, we discussed Seth Godin's book Tribes and how it affects the world of education. The discussion involved a round-table presence of 20 leaders and a world wide web of hundreds of people via various Internet outlets.Some of the key questions and points: Is there any difference between leadership and marketing? How can shed a more positive light on "anti"? Rather than saying you're "anti-establishment, call them "anti-change" What is this secret society of "they"? How many does it take to make a ...


There has been a great deal of effort throughout history focussed on transforming America's schools. There have been many attempts to bring schools up-to-date with the latest technologies. Sadly, most schools throughout history have been good at preparing students for a work environment which is already in the past. Good schools may be preparing students for the present, but few schools are preparing students for their futures. There have been significant changes in which the focus of education has shifted. Early on, the focus was on skills and basic literacy, in the not so distant past, the focus was on ...


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