After spending time with urban districts recently, we were reminded of the complexity of the work that superintendents are responsible for. We were also reminded how traditional education programs and development experiences do not prepare EdLeaders for their roles. In our recent paper, Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning we outlined 10 roles for today's EdLeaders. In this blog we share important emerging skills associated with these 10 roles.


As we head to Atlanta to join Fulton County Schools in a leadership discussion, we identify 10 tips for superintendents and principals as they work to create next generation schools. For example EdLeaders should create a learner exchange vision, identify and share your theories, learn about new school models, embrace broader aims, create community engagements, model next-gen learning, personalize professional learning, and improve wellness.


There are several technical challenges to delivering on the promise of personalized learning including defining a standard student record, boosting interoperability, and combining multiple formative sources. However, there are additionally daunting implementation barriers related to school models, leadership and parents. Despite these challenges, personalization offers tremendous opportunities to boost achievement for both accelerated and struggling learners.


New schools development has been the most important K-12 innovation in the last 20 years. In the last five years, the most important development has been new tools. So, how can we evaluate this progress? In this blog we compare recent technology development against school model development.


While at #PS2015, a graduate student at BYU asked me, "What other theories are being applied in education?" That may be the best question of the year and one that every school and district leadership team should ask themselves. So, what theories are being applied to public education? Here's a few that appear to be at work.


Think of a student you care about. Think about the world they will inherit. What do you want them to know and be able to do? Now think about what their learner experience (LX) should be. Here's 20 questions that may help.


The emerging vision for learning as a service is requiring more learner and parent decisions than ever. So, with all of the individual choices, how do we protect and advance the public good? The answer to this important question has eight implications for state and local policymakers.


A combination of best practices and new tools makes us optimistic that personalized learning will be adopted at scale and will lead to the anticipated gains. We believe a comprehensive learner profile, data backpack, and student portfolio are key to personalization. However, there are five challenges to overcome to unlock the power of personalized learning that includes student records, interoperability, and developing growth rates.


If education is about talent development, we need to radically improve how we recruit, hire and develop educators, and this demands much better talent platforms and human resource information systems. In general, better career education would inform learning and work choices. Following are six, strategies to improve career education in K-12 including expanding CTE academies, encouraging maker driven learning, encouraging career awareness in grades 6-12.


According to The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, Young adult success requires agency, an integrated identity, and competencies. The report says, children need four qualities that parents, teachers, after school professionals and other adults can help shape: Self-regulation, knowledge and skills, mindsets, and values. A key problem, according to the report, is that disadvantaged youth often face extra challenges, including fewer opportunities for consistent, positive developmental experiences and relationships.


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