Posts tagged ‘Change’

Shifting Our Schools Episode 21: How to Make the Shift Systemic and Sustainable in Our Schools?

By , 12 February, 2009, No Comment

Jim Reese of the Washington International School and Harvard’s Project Zero joined David and Jeff for tonight’s podcast.

Essential Question
How to make the shift systemic and sustainable in our schools?

Blog Posts of the Week

David:  21st Century Learning: Why Change

Jim: Ron Ritchhart’s Intellectual character: What it is, why it matters, and how to get it

Jeff: Stanford Professional Development Review

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*Next show is Thursday February 26th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Dianna Pratt and Scot Hoffman will be our guests.
*Essential Question for the show: Which comes first, shifted practices or 1:1 laptop program?
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Shifting Our Schools Episode 15: Where Do You Start the Shift?

By , 24 October, 2008, No Comment

We had technical problems again and were not able to record the podcast. It was excellent so do take a look at the show notes for some of the discussion.


Amanda DeCardy and Tom Barrett joined Jeff and David for the show.

Essential Question

Where Do You Start the Shift?

Some take aways from the discussion:

  • Need leaders and owners of the process that needs to be systematic
  • Using the curriculum review process to change instructional and assessments for shifted learning goals
  • Bring whole community of teachers, student, parents and administrators into the process with various point people bring them in
  • Shift everywhere- organic growth by supporting early adopters to administrators needing to lead the way
  • Review mission/vision statements. Times have changed and so do definitions and how they fit with our changing world (e.g., multiculturalism)

David and Jeff put a few thoughts in posts on the topic.

Blog Posts of the Week

David: Dennis Harter’s Bridging the Gap

Jeff: Rigor Redefined article, Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us book, Telecommuting

Tom: Multi-touch Desk

Amanda: Apple Initiative SAS, Andy Torres Blog

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  • Next show is Thursday October 30 at 7 PM Bangkok time.
  • Our guest will be ????
  • Essential Question for the show: How to infuse information literacy skills across the curriculum?
  • Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Shifting Our Schools episode 13: What Stalls the Shift?

By , 12 June, 2008, 5 Comments


Rick Pierce of Rising Sun Consultants and Andy Torris from Shanghai American School joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.

Essential Question

What Stalls the Shift?

Take away from the discussion>

-We need to differentiate between “change” and the “transition” that follows. Administrators need to allocate much more time for the transition. Need to validate the emotions of community members as they go through the transition. Need lots of support and guidance that takes planning just as one plans the change.
-Leaders as visionaries while also working to serve the teachers, students and community. Servant leadership. Managers who craft programs and follow through.
-Even with lots of energy and time for transition, there will be some “anchors” who are stalling the shifted and must be transitioned out with grace and dignity.
-How to start the change? Form a leadership team of admin and teachers, determine what you want to do and where you are going. Set the vision.
-Have to set priorities. How to deal with all the different community members with their varying priorities? What guides you in deciding what comes first? Leadership means sticking with the carefully decided priorities which are guided by your mission and student learning goals.
-What happens after the delegation of responsibilities? Administrators need to let go but be very clear in guidance and expectations being ready to accept the work of the follow up teams.

Blog Posts of the Week:

Jeff: LeaderTalk Learning 2.008 Bring your administrators and board members to the conference!
David: 10 Principles for Principals by Ryan Bretag. Adapting to Change by Will Richardson.
Rick: Leading the Shift Leading and Managing Change
Andy: PD Success Story Who is Interviewing Whom? Rising Sun Book Review’s on Change Management

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* Next show will be the start of season two  as we pick up in September from Bangkok, Thailand from Jeff’s new abode. David continues to shift along from Hsinchu, Taiwan.
* We will be expand on previous discussions of teacher practitioners sharing practical methods to shift our schools starting from our classrooms. We will continue other discussions connected to the big picture process of shifting our schools.
* Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.