Today’s teachers and principals are continually on the move. In an era of constant change, increasing accountability, and new challenges, we often feel that we simply do not have the time to innovate in our schools. Principals and teacher-leaders, however, must work collaboratively to maximize time to foster strong learning communities, grow as a leader, and share out successes.
All K–12 school and district leaders or aspiring leaders will benefit from the Principal Academy. Come as a team or individually to develop a leadership action plan that you can implement upon your return.
Dr. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary, was interviewed by edWeb to gain an administrator’s perspective on providing quality professional development for teachers and the social aspect of learning. While Robert first discovered edWeb as a webinar presenter, he quickly realized the site’s potential as a best-practices research platform, an affordable source of teacher PD, and an opportunity for growth-focused evaluation.
Studies show that it is imperative to change from the “old way” of thinking about parental involvement to a “new way” of organizing district leadership and school-based programs of school, family, and community partnerships. Dr. Joyce Epstein of Johns Hopkins University discussed key concepts, essential structures, and expected results of research-based programs of family and community involvement.
The mystery and magic of math is what makes mathematicians pursue their subject with passion and drive. In order to embrace the magic, the classroom must be a place where problem solving and problem-finding happen daily and are deeply embedded in its culture.
How has your school built a positive culture around digital citizenship? How have you involved students, faculty, staff, leadership, and parents? You can build a positive school culture around digital citizenship, and involve all stakeholders.
Writing has been reinvented, but most schools can’t get past the paper. Notecards, filing cabinets, notebooks, journals and more have new electronic equivalents. In this webinar for the Leadership 3.0 community, Vicki Davis, presented the nine ways writing has been reinvented in schools along with the specific objectives we should teach with them.
The old way of leading a school sometimes involved sending out newsletters once a month to parents, and checking off a list of “to do’s” at monthly faculty meetings. For some leaders though, that wasn’t enough. They wanted to go deeper in their involvement in the school community, and take risks with how they communicate with all stakeholders. It involves flipped leadership.
Today’s learners, or Millennials, want to rewrite the rules, and collaborate to solve problems. They see institutions as irrelevant, but they also want structure and boundaries. This presents an interesting challenge for school leaders as we attempt to provide creative learning environments for today’s students and staff.
edWeb community, EdTech Innovators, presented a wide-ranging May webinar, in which presenter, JD Ferries-Rowe discussed how he, as CIO of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis, IN, brings together BYOT, hands-on PD, and flipped learning to help teachers create a mobile and dynamic classroom experience.