How much focus does a district place on the development of and value for integrity, perseverance, courage, reflection, kindness and empathy?
It is in the interest of some potential students and their families that we begin to advocate in earnest for an enriched pre-school experience.
The environment we need in order to encourage teachers and students to engage a 21st century learning environment will require new thinking and true leaders.
The standards are new. The evaluation systems are new. Everyone has to learn something. Now even those who put them in place in the first place are rethinking the accountability timeline.
A lesson learned from the '60's and '70's is that changing the building before changing teacher practice is ill advised. Until we attend to the changes in practice and beliefs about teaching to unleash 21st century education, building changes won't matter. The work is human work.
Why not look past our beliefs that games are about shooting, killing, and other bad things, and allow ourselves to become jealous of the success games are enjoying while teaching children and adults alike how to research, learn, fail, succeed, teach, communicate, and graduate (level up) to new frontiers?
How can we maximize the capacity of this extraordinary communication medium and attend to our ever-increasing need for empathy and compassion to endure as a human speices? While we lead the use of technology as a vehicle for communication, teaching and learning, we need to wrestle with these questions about visibility, empathy and compassion.
The political belief is that setting a national standards' bar is the answer to improving education for all students. Some say it is a daunting charge, and some say it is an unattainable one. No matter the feelings that exist around the Common Core Standards, until and unless things change, we are implementing them.
In order to lead well in these times, certain leadership attributes and behaviors may be more essential than ever. Captain Ron Johnson's model is one that informs.
Compassion is education's water; it not only can help quench the thirst for social-emotional learning but it can cut through the rigidity of standardized-test based education to foster holistic learning.