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Beyond Pocket of Excellence: How the Best School leaders Empower Transformation

  1. 1. Beyond Pockets of Excellence Justin Reich bit.ly/edtechresearcher @bjfr
  2. 2. • Why Change? • What Kind of Change? • What Does Change Look Like? • How Do Leaders Support Change? • Did We Change?
  3. 3. WHY CHANGE?
  4. 4. Underpants Gnome iPad Theory of Theory of Change Change Give Learning iPads
  5. 5. At the end of a semester, or a year, or four years, or twelve years, What do you want students to be able to do?
  6. 6. WHAT KIND OF CHANGE?
  7. 7. Technical Change vs. Adaptive Change Does promoting your learning goals require the application of well-established procedures and technical skills? Or does it require a paradigm shift in culture, values and mindset (along with a shift in procedures and technical skills)? Ron Heifetz, The Work of Leadership, http://mowgli.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/laurie-jump-off-balcony-leadership
  8. 8. NearPod: PowerPoint on Steroids
  9. 9. It’s the hardest work I ever undertaken in my career. We’re trying to effect change in scale, and we have to “play on two playing fields” at once. We’re still being judged by the criteria for “Adequate Yearly Progress” and state accountability standards, while we are holding ourselves to a much higher standard. We have to succeed at both. It’s hard work, but it’s the right work to be doing. - Jim Merrill, Superintendent of Virginia Beach Public Schools (in Wagner, Global Achievement Gap)
  10. 10. WHAT DOES CHANGE LOOK LIKE?
  11. 11. Cycle of Experiment and Experience Experiment Fear - Growth+ Review Plan (Experience) Institutional Capacity+
  12. 12. WHAT DO SCHOOL LEADERS DO TO SUPPORT CHANGE
  13. 13. Be the Change you Wish to See in the World
  14. 14. I’m talking to the Man in the Mirror, I’m asking him to make that change.
  15. 15. Empower your teachers as Edupreneur s
  16. 16. Nur turing Eduprenuers • Provide access to hardware • Provide time for planning and co-planning • Provide motivation for experimentation • Provide protection from the consequences of mistakes and failures • Celebrating and showcasing successful projects and lessons
  17. 17. Using Data to Address Instruction Further Reading: Data Wise and Data Wise in Action
  18. 18. What does awesome look like?

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