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Shifting Our Schools Episode 17: What Prevents Administrators from Shifting?

By , 4 December, 2008, No Comment


Jonathan Becker and Jeff Nugent joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.

Essential Question

What prevents administrators from shifting?

Some take aways from the discussion:

-There is limited number of U.S. professors (six) who work in school leadership who focus on technology and forward thinking education. Our education leadership programs are not preparing our administrators to lead schools towards School 2.0.
-There are education leadership grad school standards that don’t include much on managing change in education.
-Higher education is just so slow to change, to bring about programmatic change.
-Barriers: So many items on the plates of our administrators that it is overwhelming to ask them to set up learning communities and support learning 2.0 initiatives.
-Administrators don’t have to know all the ICL tools but need to know how to support the curriculum development that supports learning 2.0.

Blog Posts of the Week

Here is what Jon, Jeff, Jeff and David shared-

Apple Learning InterchangeSchool Tech Leadership
Practical Theory
Sentiments on Common Sense

Disrupting Class
via Amazon

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*Next show is Tuesday December 9th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*David and Jeff will be sharing examples of shifted practices from Hsinchu International school and the International School of Bangkok.
*Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Diigo bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

Shifting Our Schools Episode 16: How To Shift When Administrators Are Not Onboard?

By , 13 November, 2008, 3 Comments


John Mikton and Paul McMahon joined Jeff and David for the show.

Essential Question

How to shift when the administrators are not on board?

Some take aways from the discussion:

-You have to start with the admin before you contemplate shifting. They are the power brokers and are connected to the board and the finance. Sometimes they simply don’t understand. How to make time for conversations? It is a sales situation. IT Director on Admin team. Being part of management team helps build relationships to these power brokers.
-The IT Director needs to have an educational background to know.
-Schools hiding behind the IB and AP programs. Safe and often not questioned by many parents. Why would an administrator take a risk on Learning 2.0 instructional techniques?
-How to shift the IB and AP learning outcomes to be project assessed?
-How to retrain our communities about what is learning?
-Get shifted educators at the admin conferences to help educate the leaders.

David’s post, Paul’s and  John’s posts on this EQ.

Blog Posts of the Week

David: Schooling by Design: Mission, Action and Achievement by McTighe and Wiggins

Jeff: ID: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield

Paul: Anytime Anywhere Learning

John: Walking the Talk by Carolyn Taylor

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*Next show is Thursday November 27th at 7 PM Bangkok time.
*Our guests will be Jeff Nugent and Andy Torres
*Essential Question for the show: What prevents administrators from shifting?
*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.