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21st Century PLNs for School Leaders

21st Century PLNs for School Leaders
As many school administrators are enjoying their summer break, we all tend to think of ways that we can make our school better in the upcoming year. Often, I point school principals and district leaders to a powerful post by Will Richardson that helps us point the finger right at ourselves when we are looking to push our school ahead. Richardson states: "Meaningful change ain't gonna happen for our kids if we're not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. With that being said, I have spent the last few years focusing a great deal on my work as an instructional leader within my role as school-based principal, and now as division principal. With all of the new technologies that are surrounding us, and to the many school administrators that are not feeling comfortable with Twitter, Facebook, etc., I would like to suggest three ways (as opposed to the typical round number of 10) that you can focus on your own professional development over the summer. 1) Start a Twitter Account Related:  ED Information

The Heliotropic Effect in Leadership and Coaching Recently I attended a workshop at Positive 12 led by Kim Cameron Professor of Management at University of Michigan. In his presentation he referred to the ‘Heliotropic Effect’ You might remember this from science classes – perhaps not. It is the tendency of living things to move towards sources of light and positive energy. New developments in social network analysis are now revealing the ‘positive energisers’ in organisations and conversely the ‘energy drainers’ - who is attracted to who and who avoids who. Those positive energisers in general: are stronger performers, bring out better performance in those around them get their ideas acted upon more often attract good people to work with them So what is it that makes interactions with these people so energising and so impactful in the teams and organisations for which they work? In reflecting on this research it was interesting to note how all of these dimensions typify good coaching interactions. John Campbell Director

EduNation podcast How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN For many people, Twitter conjures up the worst of the internet: disjointed, meaningless phrases, unrecognizable abbreviations, and endless drivel about where someone's getting their double mocha today. So, Why Tweet?!?! For the inquisitive educator, there are some jewels herein that can lead to stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. You just have to know where to look. To that end, here is a list of educationally focused chats that we recommend (listed by day): Chat for educators teaching 4th grade #4thchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT/7pm CT Chat for educators teaching social studies #sschat Mondays 7pm ET/4pm PT/6pm CT Chat for music educators #musedchat Mondays 8pm ET/5pm PT Chat for ELL educators #ellchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT Kindergarten Chat #kinderchat Mondays 9pm ET/6pm PT General education chat #edchat Tuesdays 12 noon ET/ 9am PT 7pm ET/4pm PT Chat for science educators #scichat Tuesdays 9pm ET/6pm PT Chat for arts educators #artsed Thursdays 7pm ET/4pm PT

doug - off the record Recently, I wrote a series of posts about Professional Learning with Social Media. It was inspired by comments from @tk1ng about conversations that he had with young teachers during a summer Additional Qualifications course. I’m going to use this post to put them all together. I’m hoping that the totality of the comments makes sense and that, perhaps, at least one of Tim’s co-learners stumbles on this blog post and reconsiders. I absolutely read every comment that’s posted to this blog. But, one of the quotes in his reply made me think during my morning dog walk. At my recent AQ, the new teachers all said that they actively avoid web2.0 because it loses them credibility with the old-school admins hiring them, and they are terrified of one of their 20-something friends posting pictures that would get them fired. Two things leapt out at me. First of all, Tim and a bunch of teachers are taking Additional Qualification courses during the summer. But, the second part bothers me. Good stuff.

Community of practice A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. The concept was first proposed by cognitive anthropologist Jean Lave and educational theorist Etienne Wenger in their 1991 book Situated Learning (Lave & Wenger 1991). Wenger then significantly expanded on the concept in his 1998 book Communities of Practice (Wenger 1998). A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). CoPs can exist in physical settings, for example, a lunch room at work, a field setting, a factory floor, or elsewhere in the environment, but members of CoPs do not have to be co-located. Overview[edit] Origin and development[edit] Domain

9 Suggestions for the Welcome Back to School letter from the Principal “Although it was a bit too long, I really appreciated your letter this summer,” is something I have heard many times in the past 15 years. Like many of you, I write a “welcome back to school” letter to parents every summer, and I think it is a very valuable practice—but be sure to make the most of it. Last summer I happened to post my letter to my blog, something I wasn’t sure was worth doing because it tends to be mostly “inside-baseball,” material primarily pertinent just to my own immediate constituents. To my surprise, it generated quite a bit of traffic, all of it from web searches for various variants on the term “welcome back to school letter.” Accordingly, I thought I’d share a few thoughts for my principal colleagues about writing these important missives. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. What are your recommendations for the annual tradition of the Principal’s Back to School Letter?

The Favorite TED Talks Of The TED Talks Education Speakers (photo credit: TED website) Last month, we wrote about the ‘TED Talks Education’ live event which showcased some great speakers like Sir Ken Robinson and Bill Gates. Each of the diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivered a short, high-impact talk on the theme of teaching and learning. To keep you inspired and learning, TED asked each speaker to compile a list of their favorite TED talks, which are linked below. Sir Ken Robinson chose his favorite talks, spanning creative methods of learning and powerful spoken word. Doesn’t get much more ‘meta’ than this, eh?

Resources for Growing Your Professional Learning Network Get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network. Where do you find time for brainstorming with colleagues? Whether collaboration takes place in well-organized professional learning communities or on the fly in hallway chats, chances are it doesn't happen often enough during the regular school year. Yet research shows that networking with fellow teachers is time well spent. In a recent survey, Teachers Network found that 80 percent of teachers said network participation encouraged them to remain in the classroom, while 90 percent said that networking improved their teaching practice. A personal network doesn't eliminate the need for high-quality professional development, but it does offer a powerful antidote for classroom isolation. Neil Stephenson, who blogs at Thinking In Mind, offers this quick illustration to show the power of networks: "One day, I see kids in our school doing a really cool looking art project. Online tools allow you to build a far-flung network.

10 Ways You Can Use Social Media for Self-Education You probably think that social networks are for fun only. Sure, you can spend hours commenting on friend’ photos or participating in FB discussions. Social networks are definitely fun. They were initially created as sites to have fun and get together with people. Social media have revolutionized the education business. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Author info: Kimberly Lorenzo is an editor at the website which provides professional writing advice.

10 Simple Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Getting online is easy. Finding a few resources is relatively easy. Finding useful (and real) people who can truly benefit your learning is quite difficult. With that in mind, I decided to offer up a few tips for anyone looking to build or enhance a PLN . Below is a listing of what you see in the visual in case you’re looking for the text version. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. stephen covey's seven habits of highly effective people review home » self/personal development » the seven habits of highly effective people® Dr Stephen Covey's inspirational book - 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People® Dr Stephen Covey (1932-2012) was and remains a hugely influential management guru. Covey's most famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, became a blueprint for personal development when it was published in 1990. Covey's Seven Habits are easy to understand, but like all the best and simplest models, can be a little more difficult to apply in practice. Be inspired by Covey's ideas nevertheless. The 'Seven Habits' are a remarkable set of inspirational and aspirational standards for anyone who seeks to live a full, purposeful and good life, and are applicable today more than ever, as the business world - and life beyond business and work - become more attuned to humanist concepts. Covey produced a substantial body of educational and teaching work. Here is a quick summary. habit 1 - be proactive® habit 4 - think win-win®