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Why most schools won’t ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic

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A number of folks have been eagerly encouraging schools to ‘reinvent’ themselves after the pandemic. Here is a smattering of such articles: A time for disruptive innovation in education. COVID-19 as a catalyst for educational change.

The importance of social studies and information literacy

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As someone who grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and whose parents worked for the federal government, today’s events have been… challenging.

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Redesigning for Deeper Learning: 10 cohorts for international school educators!

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I am SUPER EXCITED to be offering this professional learning opportunity for international school educators! 5 tracks… 10 cohorts… 28 total sessions. ALL on instructional redesign (or leadership) for deeper learning. Woo hoo!

2 hours, up to 200 people, 1 low price

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[Trying something new here…]. The 4 Shifts Protocol is taking off in schools around the world. We’ve got tens of thousands of educators already using it for instructional redesign.

Coming soon to a book shop near you…

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Women in school leadership: A few awesome initiatives

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There is some incredible work happening right now related to women in P-12 educational leadership. Below are four initiatives that have caught my attention over the past few months… Women Who Lead.

How much time are we already wasting?

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In one of my favorite sections of The Passionate Learner , Robert Fried says: If we are to act boldly on behalf of passionate learners, we will have to stop wasting so much time in school. Most teachers and students waste 50 percent or more of their time in school. I say this with no disrespect.

Dear Linda

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Dear Linda, Fifteen years ago you let a pigtailed 2nd grader walk down the hall and take 5th grade math. We came to you as the principal of our elementary school in Minnesota and said, “She’s ready for something more.” You smiled at us, looked at the data, and said, “We’ll find a way to make it work.”

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

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Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic.

Avoid magical thinking: ‘Design for online’ this fall

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As coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, numerous school districts are reluctantly announcing that they will be doing ‘remote learning’ again this fall.

What are your school’s decision triggers for closing back down again?

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You’ve opened up school again and at least some students and teachers are attending in person. Unsurprisingly, some students, families, or educators begin to identify as positive for COVID-19. Now what? How many kids have to get sick before you shut down again? What are your decision-making criteria?

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Design for high engagement this fall

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In a couple of recent posts, I said: One of the biggest challenges of ‘remote learning’ over the past few months has been that most of the motivators been pared away. For many students, all that has been left is the uninspiring learning. Little to no interaction with classmates.

Dear school leaders and policymakers: It didn’t have to be this way

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Dear school leaders and policymakers, . It didn’t have to be this way. You had all summer to watch the rising number of coronavirus cases all across the country. You had all summer to educate yourself about the science.

If all we offer is uninspiring learning, we?re in trouble

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Our students come to school for a variety of reasons: to see their friends; to participate in electives, extracurricular activities, and athletics; to interact with and get support from caring teachers; to get a credential for college, career, or the military; because their parents need child care; because state law requires them to attend; etc.

Will schools acknowledge where and how they failed during the pandemic?

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In an article about the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball , Howard Bryant said: Baseball should have taken the honest road, which would be to carry its stain and leave the tattered, piecemeal records of the various Negro Leagues as a historical reminder of its own destructiveness.

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CHART: School Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Version 01)

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It has been illuminating to listen to school leaders share how their systems are responding to the needs of their students, staff, and communities during the global pandemic.

Sir Ken Robinson: A Brief In Memoriam [guest post]

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Amidst the chaos of 2020 we lost a true leader in education in late August just as schools were trying to reopen. In the event that you might have missed it, I wanted to circle back and offer a brief tribute.

Books I read in May 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in May 2021… The Power of Place , Tom Vander Ark, Emily Liebtag, & Nate McClennen [education]. Learning by Heart: An Unconventional Education , Tony Wagner [education].

Coronavirus Chronicles 016 – Brigantine Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 016 is below.

Congrats, Dr. Augillard and Dr. Grant!

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The University of Colorado Denver had a ‘Walk Across the Quad’ event today to celebrate our doctoral graduates. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our students’ resilience and persistence, even during a deadly pandemic.

Books I read in April 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in April 2021… The Spy Who Came In From the Cold , John le Carré [thriller]. Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th Century , Orson Scott Card [sci fi]. Hope you’re reading something fun too! Related Posts. Books I read in May 2020.

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What I’ve been up to: Silver Lining for Learning

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[ I’ve been fairly quiet here during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy. I thought that I would share a little of what I’ve been doing for the past year… ].

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Which is bigger?

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I started a new principal licensure cohort this spring. On the second night of class, I had an awesome discussion with a couple of high school teachers about the perpetual issue of forcing students to learn math that they likely will never use again in their life.

What I’ve been up to: 5Sigma EduCon scavenger hunt keynote

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[ I’ve been fairly quiet here during the pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy. I thought that I would share a little of what I’ve been doing for the past year… ].

Command and control versus key principles and autonomy

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In Leadership and the New Science , Margaret Wheatley noted: Scientists now describe how order and form are created not by complex controls, but by the presence of a few guiding formulas or principles repeating back on themselves through the exercise of individual freedom.

Coronavirus Chronicles 001 – Greene County Public Schools

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I thought it would be good to check in with schools and see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 001 is below.

Books I read in March 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in March 2021… The Sand Sea , Michael McClellan [fantasy]. Deathmarked , David Estes [fantasy]. Lifemarked , David Estes [fantasy]. The Widowmaker Unleashed , Mike Resnick [sci fi]. Hope you’re reading something fun too! Related Posts.

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Are there any ?deeper learning? virtual schools?

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Virtual schools… I like the concept of shifting ‘time, place, path, and pace’ very much. But I think all of the virtual schools that I’ve encountered still focus primarily on low-level learning, digitized and chunked into a digital adaptive learning system.

“Just following orders” isn’t good leadership

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. Every leadership program discusses “What hill are you willing to die on? What decisions are worth losing your job for?” ” We haven’t done the necessary work to contain the coronavirus. Other areas that have opened too early have seen large waves of new cases.

A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning

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Today we start a new adventure! Dr. Yong Zhao gathered a few of us professor types together last week to brainstorm some ideas around his recent blog post, What if schools are closed for more than a year due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Like No Other School Year

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As you may remember, I conducted 43 interviews for my Coronavirus Chronicles series in Spring and Summer 2020. I was interested in learning how schools were responding during the first months of the pandemic.

August book study: Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

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Solution Tree is hosting a series of webinars this summer. My co-author, Julie Graber, and I are delighted that we were selected to do a FREE 4-week book study on Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning !

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Silver Lining for Learning – Episode 01

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Episode 01 of Silver Lining for Learning is now available for viewing. Please visit our website to learn more about this initiative and our chief instigators. We also are looking for guest bloggers. Next week our guest will be Sugata Mitra ! Related Posts. A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning.

Beyond subject-verb agreement

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Kelisa Wing said : What kind of world do you want to leave for those who come after us? Who cares if my students know how to make their subjects and verbs agree if they use language to promulgate hate?

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#CUDENVERSTRONG

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Greetings, amazing CU Denver principal licensure students! Before we send you some logistical emails, we just wanted to reiterate how proud of yourselves you should be. .

Coronavirus Chronicles 030 – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 030 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 007 – Mendon-Upton Regional School District

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 007 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 011 – Liberty Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 011 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 021 – San Diego County Office of Education

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 021 is below.

Coronavirus Chronicles 025 – International School of Amsterdam

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 025 is below.

Books I read in February 2021

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Books I finished reading (or rereading) in February 2021… Critical Race Theory (3rd ed.), Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic [legal]. Fatemarked , David Estes [fantasy]. Truthmarked , David Estes [fantasy]. Soulmarked , David Estes [fantasy] . Kingdoms and Chaos , Kel Kade [fantasy].

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Still learning? Still growing?

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As a history major in college and former Social Studies teacher, I am aware of the racial abuses that have permeated our nation’s history and continue to be present.

Coronavirus Chronicles 029 ? Burlington Public Schools

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I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 029 is below.