What is YOUR Purpose? 

PURPOSE Noun: the reason for which something exists  What is your purpose? What is preventing you from discovering your purpose? Leadercast Women asked this very question to the hundreds in attendance. That is a pretty lofty question to impose on someone, isn’t it? I honestly can’t articulate my purpose on this Earth in a neatly written phrase…YET. I know that we … More What is YOUR Purpose? 

My Learning- My Musing Series #3

How might we, as engineers, design a hurricane proof house? How can we simulate the experience of how hurricane force winds can cause mass destruction? All of those very questions were answered recently during the 4th grade science unit on weather. Our talented science teacher, Lauren Rose, takes students through the engineering and design process where they … More My Learning- My Musing Series #3

My Learning- My Musings Series #2

When we think of literacy in elementary school, we immediately think of traditional reading and writing skills. Our Early Learners and Pre-K students are exposed to literacy in a variety of different ways so that they have a strong foundation for language and exposure to rich opportunities to develop those language skills. Miss Connie (@MissConniesPreK) and … More My Learning- My Musings Series #2

Presentations that Make an Impact

Kristin Anderson @kristiande and Jim Knight @jimknight99 Unmistakable Impact Talk Like TED The Naked Presenter Which presentation is more effective? Steve Jobs/CEO AT&T Cingular anticipation, repetition, visual aids, speaking from the heart, clear, simple, told a story, humor, element of novelty When we look at benchmark presentations, we rarely listen to speakers as educators, because we’re learning so … More Presentations that Make an Impact

Keynote: Deep Leadership for System Change

Michael Fullan @MichaelFullan1 “We can’t do this work without realizing the difference this makes with children.” Michael Fullan   Your job is a lot deeper and comprehensive than you thought…       Deep Learning- Global Competencies 6c’s…communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, character, citizenship Compliance to Capacity Building…they are all committed, including the state!     … More Keynote: Deep Leadership for System Change

The Instructional Playbook

Ann Hoffman @annghoffman #tlc2016 From Jim Knight’s The Impact Cycle John Hattie- The Blue Book Spray, Pray and Walk Away strategies don’t work. Coaching impacts implementation in the classroom! Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance. The coaching model and instructional playbook has to be Effective and Efficient   Partner- togetherness … More The Instructional Playbook

Thanks for the Feedback

Sheila Heen @sheilaheen #tlc2016 Effective feedback is the biggest indicator of student achievement according to John Hattie. Feedback isn’t necessarily about how we GIVE it, it’s about how we RECEIVE it. -Kristin Anderson Harvard Negotiation Project Getting to Yes Difficult Conversations Thanks for the Feedback           During all of Sheila’s conversations, the … More Thanks for the Feedback