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Does Your School Need a Culture Re-Boot?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Local Professional Collaboration, Student Life, The Teaching Life, Voices, What We're Reading | 0 comments

As a new book by Kaplan and Owings clearly demonstrates, many schools are mired in an education culture that’s a poor match for the needs of today’s K12 students. They need a culture re-boot – a process explored in detail by the authors and summarized by PLP Voices reviewer Sister Geralyn Schmidt.

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Connected PD on a (Zero) Budget

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Local Professional Collaboration, Personal Learning Networks, The Teaching Life, Uncategorized, Voices | 5 comments

Teachers are hungry for professional learning but their eyes are often bigger than their pocketbooks when it comes to professional conferences in distant cities and pricey online courses. Connected educators can feed themselves, says Becky Bair, who’s not busting the bank this summer but staying home with Twitter and Google Reader.

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Encouraging Teachers to Teach Creativity

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Less Teacher, More Student, Local Professional Collaboration, Passion Based Learning, The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices | 21 comments

As the person most directly responsible for our school’s professional learning, I have been wondering what professional development looks like when you turn Bloom’s on its head and ask teachers to encourage students’ creative thinking early in the learning process. Teachers need to model their own creative thinking and embrace “messy” assessments.

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Conferences, unconferences, educamps – Now what?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Local Professional Collaboration, Making The Shift, The Teaching Life, Voices | 10 comments

I’ve been thinking about conferences recently. And unconferences. And a new kind of get-together that I don’t quite have a name for. It kiind of began when Hadley said she said that she didn’t need more ideas so much as time to implement the ones she already has. Isn’t that the truth! Maybe it’s time to take a step back, temporarily, to reflect and put some ideas into action?

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Juggling Plates, Leading Change

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Connected Leadership, Creating Global Classrooms, Local Professional Collaboration, Voices | 0 comments

In her new position as Westtown School’s Director of Teaching & Learning, Margaret Haviland says she is “mindful of the many ’21st century learning’ advocates who hold up for us a world in which our students will work in jobs that have yet to be created and likely will hold numerous jobs over the course of their lives. I see this school year as one of living into that experience as I sort through what this new position I’ve accepted will look like.”

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