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Jason Finley

They're Watching You at Work - 3 views

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    They're Watching You at Work: What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.
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    Article needs to be read completely through. Many fascinating points...and many pieces that can be linked to how / what / why we assess students. JF
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    Is the future of assessment not grades or of meeting a relative few arbitrarily determined standards, but one where student analytics use thousands of data points? JF
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    "Academic environments are artificial environments," Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations, told The New York Times in June. "People who succeed there are sort of finely trained, they're conditioned to succeed in that environment," which is often quite different from the workplace.
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    "...administered a battery of tests to a group of corporate presidents, he found that not one of them scored in the "acceptable" range for hiring. Such assessments, he concluded, measured not potential but simply conformity."

    I would build on this with the statement that current assessment and graduation requirements are great at measuring a student's ability to excel at conformity and irrelevant knowledge sets while doing little to encourage that student's individuality and personal skill sets.

    Current assessment and graduation requirements are great at measuring a student's ability to memorize what others think important, but not in assessing and fostering the important act of thinking for themselves.

    Current assessment and graduation requirements are great at measuring who a student is according to an antiquated framework defined within the walls of a school. But, scripted versions of success and knowledge don't allow for assessing and promoting student potential for a world where there are no boundaries or false constraints of whom he/she might become. JF
Jason Finley

If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People - 5 views

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    Another piece that puts the focus of Innovation on People rather than Programs.

    My personal belief is that #EdReform should start and end with empowering PD which is Personal and Purposeful.

    With that, what if schools modeled their PD on the Rowland Foundation's model of #EdReform?

    What would it look like if PD were not determined and delivered but instead supported and shared?

    What if PD were about providing resources and teaching teachers to be data collectors, researchers, developers of innovation?

    2 year Action Research cycle? What if every teacher in a school spent a school year coming up with a hunch, collecting data, researching ideas around their hunch...then spent the second year testing it out/implementing it in the classroom, more data collection, presenting outcomes to their peers, and collecting feedback for reflection and refinement?
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    "What has proved to matter is...the building of knowledge and innovation skills, which are much harder and take longer to get in place and maintain. Leading-edge competency in one's area of practice is indispensable; practice at turning ideas into reality is a must."

    "...while learning is hard work, and the value is not quantifiable, it is the only way to remain valuable in an economy that thrives on innovation. The more you invest in your people's knowledge, the more innovation you can expect to reap."
Caitlin Steele

What's the Big Idea? - 1 views

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    The education wide-ranging ideas - presented in snapshots from principals, professors, policy makers, students, and others - really speak toward the Rowland community's drive toward shaking up the status quo in education. My personal favorite: scrap business-as-usual twelfth grade in favor of universal pre-school.
Jason Finley

Using Twitter to Develop an Online Professional Learning Network - 1 views

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    "Twitter has emerged both as an important source of news, information, and resources for educators, as well as a valuable way to engage in a meaningful professional learning network. This webinar will provide a useful overview of Twitter and how it can inform and support the ongoing development and networking of K- 12 educators."

    Webinar THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 | 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Jason Finley

How I went from Tony Blair's adviser to free school head - 1 views

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    "Peter Hyman's article on the importance of reinventing education and moving away from the prevalent exam-factory model"
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    "I believe that we are part of a growing movement of teachers out there who know our schools must change, who know the current system leaves so much untapped potential, who believe that it is possible to create a school experience that has a life and a depth and an emotional power that leaves our children wanting more, not less."
Jason Finley

The fiction of most school mission statements - 5 views

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    It appears that we are not the only group having this conversation. Here is an article that parallels our own. (It is actually eerily similar in its stream of thought.)
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    "...it's easy to see why students are disengaged from the learning tasks that we give them. The big question is whether we care. So far, most of our school systems don't seem too bothered by their environmental deficiencies when it comes to fostering internal motivation.

    Our actions put the lie to our school mission statements that state that we're about creating 'self-motivated, life-long learners.'"


    "As school leaders and classroom teachers, how long can we continue to ignore core principles of intrinsic motivation?"
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    I could not agree more and this is a critical topic for the independent schools with which I work.
Michael Martin

Rowland Retreat - 3 views

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    Photos from the first Rowland Foundation retreat with Barry & Wendy, the Board of Trustees, Director Chuck Scranton, and Rowland Fellows 2009-2013.
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    Nice photos Mike. We all look like we were working hard and doing some good thinking. It was nice to see the other groups in action!
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    Thanks for sharing. We look great - and according to one of my breakout groups, we would look even better in Rowland fleeces (although some preferred hoodies).
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    Keep the digital records coming! I think the video you are taking could become a powerful tool of communication and transformation!
Jason Finley

A school's self-guided improvements - 0 views

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    "...some of the most innovative thinking is not coming from above, but from the ground level, where the action is. Teachers and students in local schools are making their own plans on how to meet these demands and tie efforts together to improve student learning. The laboratory is the school itself, and the benefactor supporting the research is Vermont's own Rowland Foundation."
Jason Finley

Leading School Transformation - 0 views

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    Leading School Transformation (EDLP 380) is a graduate-level course that brings together educators who are leading transformation efforts in Vermont schools.

    The course will build on the Rowland Foundation Transformation Conference at the University of Vermont through professional dialogue, personal refelection, and related readings. EDLP 380 will help participants develop school-based projects based on the latest research related to school transformation.

    Participants will read The Big Picture by Dennis Littky and Drive by Daniel Pink and develop strategies to lead change at their schools.
Jason Finley

7 Qualities of Uber-Productive People - 1 views

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    1. They do the work in spite of disapproval or ridicule.


    2. They see fear the same way other people view lunch.


    3. They can still do their best on their worst day.


    4. They see creativity as the result of effort, not inspiration.


    5. They see help as essential, not weakness.


    6. They start...


    7. ...And they finish.

Jason Finley

Why K-12 school districts need a PR strategy and how to build one - 4 views

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    As school choice evolves in Vermont having a PR strategy and "brand" recognition will be a necessity. If a school doesn't define its brand...it will be defined for it. What is yours?
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    "A public relations program must incorporate public engagement, website content development, crisis communication, community partnerships and strategic PR counsel," ... "That's in addition to news media relations and regular publications."

    I'd add the need for at least one or two Social Media streams. (Twitter, Facebook)
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    "While that sounds like a lot to manage, a good PR program can help you gain support for your district initiatives in some key ways:
    *Taxpayer support: ...
    *Demonstrate economic impact: ...
    *Ensure public engagement: ..."
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    Districts must manage their own PR and push out information through channels it can control, such as websites, direct mail, social media and email."

    "Social media has enabled anyone to become a 'citizen journalist' with the ability to sway public opinion - regardless of accuracy or intent," said Nichols. "Not only do we need to embrace these new technologies and opportunities, but we must master them to ensure that we can successfully operate our PR programs in all situations."

    Kleinz adds that today's mobile technology means that school districts must be prepared to respond immediately in a crisis to help manage the situation and ensure that the community receives accurate and timely information."
Jason Finley

7 Things Schools Of The Future Will Do Well - 3 views

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    1. Set Important Goals


    2. Create Powerful Learning Experiences.


    3. Manage Productive Learning Environments. 


    4. Know Students.


    5. Promote Growth. 


    6. Leverage Teacher Talent.


    7. Build Community.

Jason Finley

Secret Ingredient for Success - 1 views

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    "...question every aspect of our approach, including our methodology, biases and deeply held assumptions. This more psychologically nuanced self-examination requires that we honestly challenge our beliefs and summon the courage to act on that information, which may lead to fresh ways of thinking about our lives and our goals."
Jason Finley

Coaching by Design - 5 views

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    Great lessons for leadership and working with teams.
Jason Finley

9 Persuasion Lessons from a 4-Year-Old | Copyblogger - 1 views

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    Great advice for #EdReform'ers to address Resistance to Change.
Jason Finley

6 Steps to Productive Brainstorming | Inc. 5000 - 1 views

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    "Think big and follow these tips to make the most of your next brainstorming session."
Jason Finley

Leadership Principles - 1 views

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    A Principal's Leadership Principles.


    Vision

    Relationships

    Clear Expectations

    Communication

    Team Work and Service

    Accountability

    Learning

Jason Finley

Teaming in the Twenty-First Century - HBS Working Knowledge - 1 views

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    "...teaming process that includes a deep recognition among individual players of the interdependency of their roles. This recognition leads naturally to early and consistent communication among formerly separate parties throughout their joint work. Once the task is completed, more communication-this time in the form of reflection and feedback-must take place."
Jason Finley

Learning to 'Think Wrong' Could Be the Key to the Right Answers | Creativity on GOOD - 1 views

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    "The key to generating truly innovative ideas, he says, is learning how to challenge the status quo-which is why he's busy trying to teach people how to "think wrong'"
Jason Finley

The Jerk Store Called... | EdReach - 2 views

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    As Rowland Fellows our charge is to Challenge the System, to Question Everything.

    "...far too many teachers conform, go with the flow and take just about everything at face value. They don't challenge things. They don't question things. They don't stand up for what they know is right for the profession and for the students they teach."
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