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BLC09: From Consumers to Producers of Knoweldge

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Preparing for the Future 04/19/2009

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This presentation: Preparing for the Future was given at the ECIS Admin conference in April 2009.

Find more information on the wiki handout here. Feel free to add your own notes.

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Creating a Positive School Profile 04/18/2009

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This is a presentation about creating a positive school profile for an international school that I gave at the ECIS Admin conference in April 2009.

The wiki handout is located here. Please feel free to add your thinking to this page.

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Wikis and Collaboration

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Ken Royal asked Chris Betcher and I to join him for an experiment on Scholastic Panel TV Discussion.

I recorded the audio for a podcast that you can download or watch the YouTube version from Ken below.

EARCOS Admin Conference 2008: Business Managers

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At the EARCOS Admin conference I got to spend over an hour with 26 business managers from the EARCOS region. It was a great conversation and this marks my first enhanced podcast complete with chapters. It was a good discussion that focused on the educational reasons schools need to invest in bandwidth and storage.

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Preparing your school for 1:1

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A conversation with Terry Kaminski about taking his school 1:1. We talk learning portals, PD, and how his school is planning to roll out laptops to all their students.

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A conversation about the Learning 2.008 Conference

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Ken Carroll and I sat down and talked about the Learning 2.008 conference. Listen for details on what to expect, who will be attending and how the conference will run.

Conference Site: http://learning2cn.ning.com

Registration: http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=177180

Need some Chinese? Check out Chinesepod.com! 🙂

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Shifting Our Schools episode 13: What Stalls the Shift?

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Rick Pierce of Rising Sun Consultants and Andy Torris from Shanghai American School joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.

Essential Question

What Stalls the Shift?

Take away from the discussion>

-We need to differentiate between “change” and the “transition” that follows. Administrators need to allocate much more time for the transition. Need to validate the emotions of community members as they go through the transition. Need lots of support and guidance that takes planning just as one plans the change.
-Leaders as visionaries while also working to serve the teachers, students and community. Servant leadership. Managers who craft programs and follow through.
-Even with lots of energy and time for transition, there will be some “anchors” who are stalling the shifted and must be transitioned out with grace and dignity.
-How to start the change? Form a leadership team of admin and teachers, determine what you want to do and where you are going. Set the vision.
-Have to set priorities. How to deal with all the different community members with their varying priorities? What guides you in deciding what comes first? Leadership means sticking with the carefully decided priorities which are guided by your mission and student learning goals.
-What happens after the delegation of responsibilities? Administrators need to let go but be very clear in guidance and expectations being ready to accept the work of the follow up teams.

Blog Posts of the Week:

Jeff: LeaderTalk Learning 2.008 Bring your administrators and board members to the conference!
David: 10 Principles for Principals by Ryan Bretag. Adapting to Change by Will Richardson.
Rick: Leading the Shift Leading and Managing Change
Andy: PD Success Story Who is Interviewing Whom? Rising Sun Book Review’s on Change Management

Sign Off:

* Next show will be the start of season two  as we pick up in September from Bangkok, Thailand from Jeff’s new abode. David continues to shift along from Hsinchu, Taiwan.
* We will be expand on previous discussions of teacher practitioners sharing practical methods to shift our schools starting from our classrooms. We will continue other discussions connected to the big picture process of shifting our schools.
* Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS Del.icio.us bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

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