Jacinda Ardern became the youngest prime minister of New Zealand and then shortly tested as the country’s leader with moments of internal crisis and a global pandemic. Ardern is consistently praised by colleagues and the media for displaying emotional intelligence, especially empathy, and be an effective communicator. Ardern’s leadership development is bolstered by her conscientious … Continue reading Jacinda Ardern: An Authentic and Transformational Leader
During this time of remote learning for our students, I hope school leaders take to heart these insights and are moved to change our schools for the better. There are gross inequalities in the opportunities for our students and we need to aggressively narrow the gap. Access to the internet is one that needs to … Continue reading What I Hope School Leaders Learn from Remote Learning
The shift to remote learning presents challenges to students, teachers, and parents. Like many teachers, I have learned to use more technology in the classroom even with success of a blended approach. Still, when the time to move the learning entirely online arrived I was left scrambling like many colleagues. Here is the learning project … Continue reading Our best remote learning, and why it worked.
We elect officials that set policy and we elect school board members thinking of public education as democratic but it really does not provide enough autonomy for students and teachers. A more democratic education system might be the remedy for the pathology in public education rather than our current treating of the symptoms. Dr. Christopher Emdin addresses … Continue reading A more democratic public education
You do not need to have a post-modern disposition to question the effectiveness of homework. You likely did as an eight grader and as the parent of an eighth grader late on a Wednesday night. Alfie Kohn has taken the no-homework charge for some time and the message even began to go mainstream.It looks like the … Continue reading Question the effectiveness of homework and flossing.
Focusing on a more literal bright-spot, check out the Hooch Learning Studio at Chattahoochee. The unquiet librarian, Buffy Hamilton, helped with the design and you can see the team moved past making it more like Starbuck’s. I would have liked to seen more pictures of students using the space, but the flexibility and connectedness is apparent … Continue reading And there was light at Chattahoochee
Education gadfly Gary Stager puts forth what educators need to know today in his recent post “You Can’t Handle the Truth.” As in his usual banter, he strikes down idols of classroom management, unqualified policy makers, “get rich books”, and “debating the merits of modernity.”–We should get behind his charge of giving every student a multimedia device … Continue reading “Help me tell the truth”