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7 big problems--and solutions--in education | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 Today’s education system includes ingrained practices, including policy and decades-old methods, that prevent schools from moving to competency-based models. Solutions to this problem include: Creating and making available educational resources on competency-based learning. These resources might be best practices, rubrics or tools, or research.Convening a coalition of League of Innovative Schools districts that are working to build successful competency-based models.Creating a technical solution for flexible tracking of competencies and credits. Problem No. 2: Leadership doesn’t always support second-order change, and those in potential leadership roles, such as teachers and librarians, aren’t always empowered to help effect change. Problem No. 3: Communities and cultures are resistant to change, including technology-based change Problem No. 4: Education budgets aren’t always flexible enough to support the cost, sustainability, or scalability of innovations

Effective Teaching | Harry K. Wong Publications STEAM tips and resources you can use right now | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 ArtsEdge, from the Kennedy Center, offers resources for educators to integrate arts into their classroom instruction. The site features lessons, activities, and projects, along with multimedia such as games, audio and video clips, printables, and graphics. Themes that help students connect arts to other education topics include acoustics and sound; earth, wind, and water; the Civil War; and plants and seasons. Season 43 of Sesame Street focuses on STEAM and the importance of STEM knowledge in arts-based careers, such as that of a musician, dancer, or painter. STEAM not STEM maintains that arts education is key to creativity, and creativity supports innovation. “Clearly the combination of superior STEM education combined with Arts education (STEAM) should provide us with the education system that offers us the best chance for regaining the innovation leadership essential to the new economy,” according to the site.

Learning leaders matter This article is based on extracts from the report Literature review: learning leaders matter, prepared for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) by Dr Philip Riley of Monash University. © Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, used with permission. The Australian Professional Standard for Principals sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do in their role. One of the key expectations of principals under the Standard is the professional practice of developing self and others. As well as helping their staff to learn, principals are called upon to model effective leadership. The practice of developing self and others is closely considered in the resource Literature review: learning leaders matter, prepared by Dr Philip Riley of Monash University for the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Learning leaders draw communities together and direct the focus of the community onto learning References

Volume 31, No.1 - Fall 2016 - Rethinking Schools Online Volume 31 Number 1ShareThis Cover Story By Amy Lindahl Teachers learn that the district’s plan for a desperately needed school renovation is based on “100 percent utilization”— teachers will rotate through classrooms, losing the home bases students depend on. They organize to change the plan. Features By Grace Cornell Gonzales A 3rd-grade bilingual teacher describes how administrators’ anxiety about standardized test results erodes both a school’s commitment to Spanish literacy and students’ love for learning. Por Grace Cornell Gonzales | Traducido por Vanesa Ortiz Solís Una maestra bilingüe describe cómo la ansiedad que sienten los administradores escolares con respecto a los resultados de los exámenes estandarizados disminuye el compromiso de la escuela con el desarrollo de la lectoescritura en español y el amor de los estudiantes por el aprendizaje. By Linda Christensen By Jody Sokolower By Tom McKenna By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca By Karen Zaccor By Alexa Schindel and Sara Tolbert Departments

Curation: Creatively Filtering Content We are living in an era of information overload. So much content is shared online that curation is needed as a way to get value out of the information flood. Content curation is the process of shifting through the vast abundance of content on the Internet to select the best, most relevant resource, on a specific topic or theme, so that we can organize, manage and collate the content for ourselves and share with others. Content curation is about working smarter and not harder. Why is curation important? Curation is a life skill and an important part of being digitally literate. While at the Edutech National Congress & Expo I curated the best resources shared from the Edutech conference into a Flipboard magazine. The purpose of this post is to showcase all the different ways content was curated at the Edutech National Congress & Expo to: Provide a deeper understanding of curation.Provide inspiration to try alternative curation methods.Make you appreciate the importance of curation. Blog posts

Getting people to take ownership of their jobs Job ownership is a simple business concept that many managers and employees misconstrue. Coming up through the ranks, we may have heard some old-school managers tell an employee that he/she needed to take ownership of their job. When the confused employee asks how to do that, the classic copout was, “If you don’t know how to take ownership of your job you shouldn’t be working here.” Fearful of getting fired or demoted, the employee said they knew and quickly hid. Adding to their uncertainty, they’d ask other employees, only get a slew of different answers. (Have you been there?) Cards on the table: This is about the individuals on your team who have what it takes but are watching from the sidelines. In my opinion, they haven’t made a commitment because the company culture hasn’t made the same commitment. Most businesses make it a silent expectation. If we as leaders can’t spell out what we want and clarify the success it brings, how can we expect our employees to buy-in? Let’s get real

untitled Meetings as relationship-building opportunities Meetings in many organizations have unhealthy hidden agendas, unhealthy conflict and competition, and a rush to action without appropriate dialog. It’s every person for themselves, with those who speak the loudest all too often getting their way while the rest feel like they weren’t heard. Participants leave these meetings depressed, angry, or worse, and their mood spreads throughout the organization. I hear a lot about how we need to eliminate meetings in the workplace because they are tagged as “unproductive.” Perhaps there are some meetings that are without redeeming value, but rather than outlaw them, what if you found ways to make at least some of them more engaging, interesting and helpful to build the relationships that make your workplace thrive? What we really need is to have meetings that allow relationships to deepen, where participants help each other to grow and succeed together. Be clear about your intentions. Related Posts

Initiatives and Programs Advocacy and Policy Get informed, get involved, make a difference. From the classroom to Capitol Hill, get the latest education policy news and developments, and learn about opportunities to take action. Emerging Leaders ASCD is committed to engaging a diverse community and building capacity to improve learning, teaching, and leadership. Student Chapters The ASCD Student Chapter Program accelerates the professional growth of preservice educators and their self-identification as education professionals.