Bookmarked: Educational Leadership 03/24/2012

  • tags: elpf politics

    • teachers don’t have much of a choice when it comes to their political identity. Our current education system is a function of our government, and our views about education is a piece of our core belief
    • saying that we want a free, public, equitable education for all children irrespective of background or classification is a political statement
    • because of the nuance in these edu-political discussions, we ought to re-consider our actual politics
    • teachers can’t consider themselves apolitical, because their function in schools has a purpose past the esoteric feelings teachers have about the classroom.
    • We can do better.
  • tags: elpf

      • five primary cases for edupreneurs positioning as thought leaders through writing, speaking, and informing the public conversation, which include:

         

           
        1. Credibility – Sharing expert opinions generates credibility among the decision-makers like policymakers and advocates.
        2. Challenges & Solutions – Because opinions and thoughts are public, states invite thought leaders into discussions around challenges and solutions in policies, plans and more.
        3. Media Spokesperson - Speaking out publicly draws media attention, which can generate increased awareness, focus and interest in the real educational issues.
        4. Funder Attraction - Public attention and awareness can help tap into new funder opportunities and give way to increased innovation in the education market.
        5. Market Expansion - Lastly, thought leadership can open doors to new markets, brining new solutions, funding, policy reforms and more to untapped markets.

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Today on General Education 03/24/2012

  • tags: tech blog education

    • Apple reports schools in more than 600 districts have bought iPads for all of their students. And it’s not happening just in wealthy suburbs. Schools in urban districts like New York City and Chicago are also handing out iPads.

       

      In the Boston area, Burlington High School launched a one-to-one iPad program in the fall, providing a tablet for each student.

       

      It cost the school about $500,000 for the devices, and the principal, Patrick Larkin, said the school paid for them within its existing budget.

  • tags: blog failure psychology edreform

    • How many times have you heard the mantra “failure is not an option”? The need to succeed whatever the cost permeates our society, and schools are no exception.
    • Acknowledging that difficulty is a crucial part of learning could stop a vicious circle in which difficulty creates feelings of incompetence that in turn disrupts learning
    • The findings challenge the cultural belief that achievement reflects students’ academic ability. If we truly want students to excel, Autin says, teachers and parents must stop “focusing solely on grades and test scores” and emphasize progress instead.
  • tags: blog tech pln

    • Contrary to what is often said about education, currently, there are many innovations affecting the education profession. Technology is the driving force behind most of the education innovation.
    • It is a disadvantage to be a print-media educator in a digital-media world. I can understand how a majority of educators whose very education was steeped in print media is more comfortable with that medium. The technology however, is not holding still to allow educators to dwell in a comfort zone.
    • Professional Development is the key to getting educators to access dormant skills.
    • In order for teachers to better guide themselves in their learning, they need to know what it is that they need to know. They need relevant questions about relevant changes.
  • tags: blog

        • Education Agency Launches Early Learning Video and Website
           
          State education officials have debuted the new Now for Later video and website aimed to promote the importance of quality learning experiences for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. 
           http://dese.mo.gov/news/2012/nowforlaterweb.htm
        • The “Now for Later: Investing in Early Learning” video was previewed by 1,650 attendees at the Conference on the Young Years, held March 8-10. We hope you take the opportunity to watch and share it with others!
        • The Department’s Office of Early and Extended Learning is hosting a webinar on Friday, April 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m., about the Early Childhood Assessment Pilot.
  • “this is a list of authors who offer free 20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books. As an author, I offer free Skype chats “

    tags: blog books skype tech library

    • this is a list of authors who offer free 20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books. As an author, I offer free Skype chats
    • Authors Who Skype With Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

      The following authors offer free 20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information.  Then ask for their books at your favorite bookstore or visit IndieBound to find a store near you!

    • Authors Who Skype With Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

      The following authors offer free 20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information.  Then ask for their books at your favorite bookstore or visit IndieBound to find a store near you!

    • Authors Who Skype With Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

      The following authors offer free 20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information.  Then ask for their books at your favorite bookstore or visit IndieBound to find a store near you!

    • Authors Who Skype With Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

      The following authors offer free 20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information.  Then ask for their books at your favorite bookstore or visit IndieBound to find a store near you!

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Bookmarked: Educational Leadership 03/23/2012

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Today on General Education 03/23/2012

  • tags: blog education

    • A Schofield Middle School teacher has been placed on administrative leave while officials investigate whether the teacher breached school policy or the law when he read to his class from a science fiction book described by one parent as pornographic.

       

       Sources said the teacher read from three books, among them”Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, as part of the district’s literacy initiative program.

  • tags: blog tech education

    • If you have kids, better watch out for free educative apps with ads in them. Apparently, they can be a backdoor for R-rated messages about hot dating, guns and, even worse, scientology
    • These R-rated banners are served by ad networks like Google’s AdMob, which the developers use in their free apps to bring some cents in.

       

      The only real defense against them is to buy versions of the apps without ads.

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Bookmarked: Educational Leadership 03/20/2012

  • tags: elpf teachers report

    • “When I always ask teachers, ‘Do you want to be part of a profession that is respected for its practice?’ every hand in the room goes up,” Lawrence said. “That’s our job. We have the credentials. They have to own it and share that ownership with management.”
  • tags: elpf

    • the new test will feature “real practical, applicable scenarios—case-study kinds of things—that actually show that you know what you’re talking about
    • the job demands of school leaders are shifting dramatically
    • Indiana is betting that a heavy focus on principals’ teacher-evaluation skills will make a difference.

       

      Research has shown that having an effective principal in a school is nearly as important as having an effective teacher in the classroom.

    • new administrators also have to be willing to take on tough tasks—which is hard to teach.

       

      “It’s a lot easier to plan out a scenario about what you say to a teacher,” he said. “It is a much stronger test of character and courage to have the face-to-face conversation with that person.”

    • Indiana’s new test is under development with New Jersey-based Pearson Education
  • tags: education elpf

    • It’s facile to blame schools and teachers, but more realistic to recognize that poverty is a reflection of economic conditions. Schools cannot create jobs, provide homes for the homeless, or change the economy.
    • We must both reduce poverty and improve our schools. We cannot fix our schools without strengthening the teaching profession and addressing the social conditions that shape their outcomes

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