Creative solutions to systemic challenges facing our schools
I am offering to my audience a few stories on a bi-weekly basis that promote good ideas and demonstrate bold leadership. I have been inspired by great ideas that often make their way into my classroom or into my leadership journal. The more good ideas we share, the greater the chances for improving education policy and practices.
When I get a little down and feel like I am delivering a twentieth century education to my students, I turn to reading about innovative thinking within the profession. When I feel like the status quo is winning, I search for inspiration. Usually I quickly snap out of the funk to deliver the best I can for my students and school.
There are some pretty cool ideas out there - too many to count - but my mention here is worth the effort. These writers provide reporting that could be the creative fuel and inspiration needed to creatively solve our problems. Please read and share.
Many Detroit educators have never worked in a high-performing school. This program imports coaches who have
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This article featured in Chalkbeat by Erin Einhorn lays out a super ambitious plan at work in Detroit to improve Detroit Mumford Academy. It is clear that a blend of innovation, best teaching practices and clear goals are pitted against several challenges.
It's not that the leaders in charge do not want to face the uncertainty, it's just that they are so determined to win that they do not spend time wishing for outcomes. Instead, they are taking action with a bold approach. Part of the premise is based on the fact that winning in Detroit is tougher because many of the teachers and leaders in Detroit's school system have never worked in high-performing schools. With that fact in mind and with incredible support from the Team Fellows Program funded by the Detroit Children's Fund, a new model for leading and teaching is emerging as you read this.
The work of the education leaders featured in the story is couched in a clearly defined mission and they are setting out to cut "shadow missions," a term for all the work that takes away from their priorities. The ideal Detroit Children's Fund Leaders Institute candidate characteristics:
- A track record of positive results for students
- A clear vision for an engaging and rigorous culture of instruction
- A growth mindset and the ability to translate feedback into action
- A desire to take personal responsibility for every child’s success
- A sense of urgency and dissatisfaction with the status quo
When Administrators Keep Teaching - Teaching keeps school leaders connected to students and other teachers and lets them feel the effects of their own decisions
With subheads like, "Walking the Walk" and "Recharging the Batteries" this interesting idea written by
This article is not just for the die-hard fans of the arts. It's also for visionary leaders and anyone who appreciates a good risk.
|By Nick Gregory|
(Now, if we can just get schools to understand that recess and enough time to eat lunch will also help schools meet the learning needs of students)
"Innovative schools everywhere are breaking the mold of convention to meet the best interests of their students, families, and communities. As well as great teachers, what they have in common is visionary leadership."
Be inspired.- Sir Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica
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