Reflections from WI #EdLeaders

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Today, we’re in Wisconsin working with education leaders across four public school districts. What’s happening? Well, we could share the agenda which highlights role-alike groups, discussion on results roll out, rounding, and performance conversations… Instead, we’ll share their words and tweets to highlight the day.

 

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Today’s collaboration across school districts allows leaders to “learn so much from and with each other.” Share the benefits of your experience collaborating across departments or districts.

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Future of #Education: Challenges, Choices, Commitment (Part 1 of 2)

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As school and district leaders, and educators in teacher preparation, we face daily the questions of what we do well and should continue to do and the top barriers or challenges that prevent us from achieving results in our districts and with our teachers—higher performance. Let’s take the questions separately; today’s is:

 

The Urban Institute issued challenges and choices for “sustaining and strengthening” Washington DC schools (December, 2014). Among the recommendations aligned to the Goal for the First 100 Days is “Encourage stability by retaining and building a cohesive leadership team” (p. 2):

The mayor-elect has already signaled her commitment to stable schools by announcing that she will retain the current DCPS chancellor, Kaya Henderson, who has been integral to many recent reforms and is well respected by students, parents, and other city stakeholders.

Aligning the mayor-elect’s commitment with today’s question, “what’s working well… and should continue…?” is the work of the current DCPS Chancellor, Kaya Henderson (photo credit). Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson

Henderson became Chancellor of DC Public Schools in 2011. Hear from the Chancellor in the video below; learn what motivates her and learn how she worked with students, parents, and colleagues to “recommit DCPS to providing every student with a safe, academically challenging, and inspiring learning experience” (here).

 

Our learning must continue when we move into leadership positions in school systems as well as any organizations! Alignment of our work – what we do well and must continue to do well – only happens when leaders understand that if their organization performs exactly as it does today on “what it does well,” five years from now their current performance will not be sustained. We must support and engage these new leaders so that they may be successful and achieve at their highest performance levels, and lead their school systems to excellence.

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TeacherReady® is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady websiteor connect with them on Facebook for more information.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

What Makes an Effective Teacher? #TeacherPrep

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NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, summarizes research about teacher preparation in “What Makes a Teacher Effective?” found here on the NCATE website. It’s NCATE’s response to recent critics “questioning the role of teacher preparation as a key to teacher effectiveness.”

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Top 3 findings from the report?

1. Teacher preparation helps candidates develop the knowledge and skill they need in the classroom.

2. Well-prepared teachers are more likely to remain in teaching.

3. Well-prepared teachers produce higher student achievement.

The report reminds us that as critically important it is for teachers to know the subject area of what they are teaching, it’s as important for teachers to know how to teach the subject, “Effective teachers understand and are able to apply strategies to help students increase achievement” (In section, “The Issue”).

The learning must not stop when these new teachers hit the classroom for the first time… As instructors in teacher preparation programs, and as school and district educational leaders, we must support and engage these new teachers and provide them a school environment where they can be successful and achieve at their highest performance levels.

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TeacherReady® is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady websiteor connect with them on Facebook for more information.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Power of Reaching Out with Technology #EdTech #SocialMedia

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Educators are resourceful. Think about it. As K12 educators, we share lesson plans, bulletin board ideas, and partner with local businesses and the local community to get supplies for our kids and classrooms. As university educators, we often recruit practitioners to come to our classrooms and share their experiences with students. What happens when we throw technology in the mix?

Resources for educators become limitless. Here’s a recent example from my colleague, Tiffany:

Reaching out with technology, whether it’s email, Internet browsing, or social media, allows educators like Tiffany to connect with resources beyond their immediate surroundings. We are no longer limited to who we know personally or who lives near us; technology allows us to extend connections simply by reaching out and identifying the content we seek. Ever get an idea for a bulletin board from Pinterest or share a Kahn Academy video with students needing an assist in linear algebra? Share your #EdTech and other teacher tips with us on Facebook!

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Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Five Quick Reads for the Week: #CareerPride #Edu #Teaching

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This week’s Five Quick Reads post offers an opportunity to connect our heart and mind via Career Pride, and what it means to love leading and learning in schools.

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“The ability to help children achieve their best” is one of the 50 Reasons to Love Teaching offered in Joel’s latest post on http://teaching.monster.com (here). Is the reason you love teaching included in this list?

I love teaching from the Teacher Network on The Guardian shares comments from teachers about why they (still) love their job and are proud of their profession. Do you share similar experiences?

We Inspire Futures is “a community for educators to collaborate and share ideas… where conversations happen.” One such conversation started by Neil, an elementary teacher in Ontario public schools, offered What I Love About Teaching. Check it out here.

Edutopia™ brings us our final two “quick reads for the week” via Ben Johnson. “Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher” Part 1 and Part 2. In these segments, Ben thinks about “What does greatness mean in education?” and then reflects on his journey:

I know I was a good teacher, but I never thought of myself as a great teacher. I certainly had passion, enthusiasm, and creativity, but I never thought I had the stuff for greatness, though I did the best I knew how with the resources that were available.

Ben concludes (in Part 2) that “greatness can be found on every campus and in every school” and he challenges readers to move beyond knowing that they are “good” teachers to becoming “great” teachers.

Quick Reads offers us an opportunity to share some of what we’re reading each week. Today’s focus on #CareerPride returns us to “why” we became educators. Share your “why I love teaching” with us on Facebook!

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Let us know how you connect with the articles and share with us and WRIE readers what you’re reading.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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