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Leadership | Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Powering Personalization

For the next two months, I get the honor to spend time, like serious, dedicated, reflective time, with three groups of teachers as we dive deep into the concepts of personalization and agency. Our goal is to define how these terms are demonstrated in an elementary classroom: What teacher moves are present? What are our […]

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strategic plan comic
Leadership

How Strategic is Your Strategic Plan?

I’ve been wondering about strategic plans lately… during the course of my career I have been part of many strategic planning teams, both writing and executing. Some plans looked like a football play, with lots of arrows and lines designating who was doing what and when and for how long. Some strategic plans were gorgeous […]

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Design Thinking | Leadership

Empathy Can Sneak Up On You!

“If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.” ― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. A […]

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Laura with two PBS costumed characters
Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Innovators Unite: Closing Day at #SXSWEDU

“When we go to conferences like this one, we load up on ideas that are going to get us to progress. We have our little tote bag – we’re going to fill it up with ideas. We hear about a new strategy…a new tech tool…we hear about all these great programs other people are doing… […]

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Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Change Isn’t Glittery

When working on cultural shifts, it can be easy to get frustrated when change doesn’t come fast enough, bold enough, or loud enough. We want glitter and ticker tape parades to reassure us that we’re doing the right work. That we’re on the right path. But that’s not how change works – especially not when […]

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Total efficiency constrains us. We become super invested in maintaining the status quo because that is where we excel. Innovation is a threat. Change is terrifying. Being perfect at something is dangerous if it’s the only thing you can do.
Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Embrace Your Inefficiency

Total efficiency constrains us. We become super invested in maintaining the status quo because that is where we excel. Innovation is a threat. Change is terrifying. Being perfect at something is dangerous if it’s the only thing you can do. “Getting Ahead by Being Inefficient” I stumbled across this interesting article today called “Getting Ahead […]

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