David Brooks recognize this in his new book the Social Animal.
Discuss Dweck– invite groups to discuss with each other
We can daunt ourselves if we think it only something that happens in the most expensive R&D labs–
Hate the phrase? Many do, I am not sure if I do. But hate the phrase or not, Obama and Friedman are right– We are in a battle (we always have been, and probably always will be), a battle fierce challenges to making the world a better place– and the only way we can possibly win this battle, and win a more positive future, is by identifying better ways of doing things– by innovation.
We know from Chick sent me hi that flow is the greatest source of happiness and fulfillment, and we know from him too that creativity and innovation is a terrific source of happiness.
I want to share with you 7 “existing parts” we have available to us in our schools by which we can better build good ideas. These 8 are not at all limiting; there are certainly many others. I should warn you that only a few are specifically technology related, but that is OK, because I think technologydirectors are, more than anyone else in our schools, our innovation directors generally, even if they lack that name. I am only going to offer a few specific suggestions, but I am going to ask you to consider for yourself applications, and then on my blog I am posting a set of slides of the implications.
Character<br />Advisory: A connected community<br />Middle School Mission Days<br />Kindness learning: Middle School programs and work with our new counselor<br />Diversity Day<br />One School, One City program: Connecting service, sustainability, school-meeting, and advisory.<br />
Scholarship<br />Academically Adrift: 40 pages of reading, 20 pages of writing in at least one course each semester. <br />Curricular Changes in Upper School: More requirements & Choice for students, Greater Depth over Breadth<br />Curricular Changes in Middle School: More Rigor, more requirements, more choice<br />MAP, CWRA, other testing<br />Information Literacy Advances<br />Professional Development: Modeling Learning<br />Student-produced video: What is the role? <br />On-line textbooks: Pushing forward<br />Reverse Instruction for more PBL<br />PBL<br />
Five Areas for Advance<br />1) . LI school-wide curriculum, scope and sequence<br />A. MS mission days (Corinne, Mike, Heather)--designing scope and sequence for LIB. Re-tooling the US curriculum to provide more breadth, more innovation, and more US faculty involvement (Kate, Fred, Dennis, Laura)<br />2) Coordination and communication of leadership opportunities--existing, new, internal, external. <br /> Advisory, all-school meetings, one-school one-city program (Rachel steering, Lorie, FA, Jonathan, Laura) <br />B. Re-shaping co-curricular programming to increase LI opportunities, training, and practice (Kate, Fred, Dennis, Heather)<br />MS senate/SC--Heather/Fred--Fred will discuss faculty coordination with Heather <br />
Five Areas for Advance<br />3. Summit: Fred, Corinne, Laura, Mike<br />recruiting and facebook publicitydesigningplanning7th grade and 4th grade<br />4. Faculty Involvement & PD<br />LI rubrics, guiding questions, and training towards a common LI language (Kate, Jonathan, Fred, Mike will help wordsmith)<br />Brown bag optional PD sessions on leadership and innovation teaching and learning: Jonathan and Fred<br />
Five Areas for Advance<br />5. LI diploma program (Kate, Fred, Jonathan, Dennis)<br />Write clearer criteria for earning creditsCreate info-graphicshelping students understand why they want the diploma and how they can get there<br />
Thinking Forward:Unifying Themes from A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future<br />The Schools are Academically Demanding<br />Classrooms extend beyond the school walls, actively engaging students in the world around them <br />Digital technologies and a global perspective infuse all aspects of the curriculum<br />Vibrant arts programs help promote creativity, self-expression, self-discipline, and flexibility<br />
Thinking Forward:Unifying Themes from A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future<br />The adults are actively engaged with one another and with the students in a process of continuous learning<br />A culture of engagement and support invites participation, innovation, and a “growth mindset” on the part of teachers and students<br />Transformational leadership challenges the status quo, draws out the issues, navigates through conflict, and mobilizes people and resources to do the adaptive work necessary to create and sustain effective change<br />
NAIS President Pat Bassett: Schools which are not Schools of the future will not be schools in the future. <br />St. Gregory is, it is clear, more than most, truly on the road to becoming a school of the future.<br />Let’s keep going! <br />