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April 05, 2012

LeaderTalk: The End of an Era

As many of you know, LeaderTalk has been limping along for at least a year now. Our original cast of 50+ contributors faded over time due to natural attrition. Despite our best intentions to restock with new authors, we just never found the time, at least partly because LeaderTalk's unique niche (an...

May 20, 2011

10 Reasons Your Educators Are Resisting Your Change Initiative

Here’s a little something for you to think about over the weekend. Those resisters and naysayers in your school organization? You know, the ones that are pushing back against your change initiative? The ones that you like to complain about because ‘the train is moving’ and the...

June 15, 2010

Tools for School: Digital Document Annotation on an iPad, iPod Touch, or Laptop

[Warning: this is a long post.] I’ve been playing around with digital document annotation on various portable computing devices. Here is an overview of where I am right now… The old way! First of all, just as a reminder, the image below is the way that we’ve traditionally ann...

December 02, 2009

Does your school organization reflect our new digital information landscape?

CASTLE has been doing a great deal of technology leadership training for the School Administrators of Iowa, some of the Iowa Area Education Agencies, some of the Minnesota Service Cooperatives, and other school organizations across the country. One of the discussion activities that we've been doing ...

November 03, 2009

10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools

October apparently was ‘Library Month’ for me. I was the keynote speaker for the Minnesota MEMO conference and did a breakout session for the Iowa Library Association (ILA) conference. I also brought Dr. Mike Eisenberg to Iowa for three days to talk with school administrators about ...

September 15, 2009

Did You Know? 4.0

In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the Did You Know? 4.0 video that was released yesterday. Is your school preparing students for a world of media convergence and transformation? Scott McLeod Dangerously Irrelevant

August 02, 2009

Why is it so hard for us to do the right thing?

As leaders, we often know what is the right thing to do. Just to pick a few examples… We know that ongoing, formative progress monitoring is more appropriate than ‘data days’ or ‘data retreats’ for yearly summative data, and yet many schools still only do th...

May 02, 2009

Survivor, witch hunts, and the quest for teacher quality

We’ve been discussing teacher quality for decades. Everyone is rightfully concerned about making sure that good teachers are in front of students. Thus the teacher quality provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, the calls for performance or merit pay, the concerns about alternative licensu...

April 05, 2009

Immunizing your graduates from economic downturns

As we all know, we are in the midst of a massive economic downturn. Every month is accompanied by reports of additional, large-scale layoffs. People are losing their jobs in significant numbers. And yet, despite claims that job losses are being felt throughout all areas of the economy, U.S. Bureau o...

March 02, 2009

The need for 21st century curricula here in Iowa (and elsewhere)

[For my turn this month, I thought I’d share Post 1 for my guest blogging stint at The Des Moines Register. Click on each image to get a larger, complete version!] Archimedes said “Give me a lever long enough and I can move the world.” This week I will be blogging about 5...

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