Schools and districts looking to implement initiatives like Professional Learning Communities (PLC+) must realize there isn’t one recipe for success. Successful implementation must be viewed as a journey and not a destination. Leaders and coaches must ensure they support teachers and teams in their journey
Innovation and transformation have always been part of education. Changing lives and making a difference are part of our work. We want things to be different, better, improved for our learners and society. However, innovation and transformation are often the ‘icing on the cake’ activities
Along with the devastation of the coronavirus outbreak and widespread school closures come hopes for reimagining schools as they reopen. These hopes for the future, however, rest on making the concrete improvements in schools that we know we can make today.
Despite the enormity of the challenges and
This Year’s Story
Teachers have taken on a lot in this radically different school year—new forms of technology, new ways to virtually instruct their students, new ways to keep students engaged, new ways to assess progress—the list of “new” is endless. School leaders are facing their
Several ago, a video meme of an exuberant penguin went viral. The penguin was scurrying back and forth in front of its fellow penguins – flapping its fins wildly.
There were actually two versions of that meme. The descriptive text underneath one version read something like:
“He’s just returned from a weekend business conference.”
And the second:
“He’s just finished
What can we do to improve our children’s schools? Let’s listen to these voices from policymakers, school-building leaders, teachers, parents and the media about today’s education systems:
Schools today are dangerous and violent places.
Students aren’t becoming equipped to succeed in 21st-century higher education
For the past five years my organization, InnovateEd, has supported a network of 30 school districts from across California to develop cultures, build capacity, and create coherent systems. We use a framework for systemic improvement to guide efforts at the district, school, and classroom levels toward creating a coherent system of continuous improvement. My new book, Districts on
[caption id="attachment_12462" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] This graphic, displayed throughout the book, depicts the 14 Parameters. The graphic is a visual representation of how the parameters--when all applied together--can exponentially increase the achievement of all students. You will see examples of this in the many case studies
In this three-part series, I write a lot about three of my favorite educational words and concepts: PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, and INTENTION. Each represents power-packed strategies that are a result of my research, evidence, and experience; they are the ‘how tos’ that finish incomplete, well-meaning educational
In this three-part series, I write a lot about three of my favorite educational words and concepts: PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, and INTENTION. Each represents power-packed strategies that are a result of my research, evidence, and experience; they are the ‘how tos’ that finish incomplete, well-meaning educational advice telling us ‘what’ to do. In this series, Part 1