My leadership style

This evening, I was asked to contribute to a graduate level assignment on leadership; and tonight I blog my responses, which I dedicate to my principal friends. 1. What is your administrative style? This question can be answered from a variety of lenses, but I will pull from two resources in particular: 1) John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, whose research interests include performance indicators, models of measurement and evaluation of teaching and learning. Hattie synthesized than 800 meta-studies covering more than 80 million students over 15 years of research about…

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Survey: Input needed on state assessments and accountability by June 30

The State Board of Education is seeking public input about the state’s current student assessment program and accountability rating system. The board is also asking for suggested changes to the programs. Survey A survey on these topics is now available online in English and Spanish. The survey will be open through June 30. English: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2762440/State-Assessments-and-Accountability-Survey Spanish: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2851839/Encuesta-de-evaluaciones-y-responsabilidad-educativa-del-estado State Assessments and Accountability Survey. Source: State Assessments and Accountability Survey

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All the Ways STAAR Has Screwed Texas Schools (So Far)

During #STAAR testing, teachers are treated as suspicious criminals; and students are viewed as suspects requiring constant surveillance. These days, schools treat test booklets as carefully as crime scene evidence… Source: All the Ways STAAR Has Screwed Texas Schools (So Far)

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All the Ways STAAR Has Screwed Texas Schools (So Far)

Perhaps we should take note of the Democratic “sit-in” on test day? It can be tough to keep track of all that’s gone wrong [with STAAR], so here’s a blow-by-blow of the biggest problems schools faced with STAAR this year: Source: All the Ways STAAR Has Screwed Texas Schools (So Far)

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Got behavior problems? Here’s a solution.

Science was never piqued my interest. Perhaps better stated, reading and answering questions at the end of the chapter didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t until just a few years ago, I found myself mesmerized by books citing scientific studies and research. Books like Drive by Dan Pink, Made to Switch by Chip and Dan Heath, The Brain Rules by John Medina, Teaching with Poverty in Mind and other works by Eric Jensen, everything Brené Brown, and so many others changed my worldview. Having found myself studying these and others, I did a Google search for “the scientific method.”…

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Book review: Helping Children Succeed

Empty. While reading Helping Children Succeed, the new book by Paul Tough, I went through the ink of a brand new highlighter. Need I say more? In this follow-up to his best-selling, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul answers the “tough” questions he encountered while promoting his prior work. This piece continues to note statistics and research such as this note, “In 2013, the United States reached an educational milestone. For the first time, a majority of the country’s public school students — 51 percent of them, to be precise — fell below the…

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Every TED Talk Ever in One Brutal Parody

This was shared with me via Facebook this morning, and I had to post… Every TED Talk Ever, In One Brutal Parody. This parody is a thought leader in the field of TED Talk parodies. Source: Every TED Talk Ever, In One Brutal Parody | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce  

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“I would prefer not to.”

The setup (i.e. the summary of the summary of Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener (by way of Sparks Notes ) The Lawyer, the narrator of the story, has already been surprised once before by Bartleby’s refusal to examine a document, as all scriveners (law-copyists) are required to do. Bartleby said he would “prefer not to,” and the Lawyer was so surprised that he hadn’t argued with him. A few days after this incident, there is a large document to be examined. The Lawyer calls in all his employees to work on the examination. But when he calls Bartleby to assist as well, the scrivener…

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Walk the Line “audition scene” parody

The inspiration of our Lone Star TIA Conference promo came from one of my all-time favorite movies, Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Bar none, my favorite scene in the movie was the “audition scene” with Johnny Cash singing Folsom Prison Blues to Sam Phillips, head of Sun Records.