Designing an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Perhaps more frequently than ever before, administrators choose an in-school suspension over the out-of-school alternative. There are many reasons for this choice, but perhaps the most obvious is the academic advantage of keeping a student within a supportive learning environment. When a student is removed completely from the school a wonderful learning opportunity is potentially lost. […]

The Many Faces of Leadership

This first couple weeks of school I have really wanted to be as visible as possible, to both students and faculty. This means not only am I present during all student passing times and lunch periods, I’m also trying to pop into as many classes as possible. Doing this helps me understand interactions between all […]

Flat Connections and Global Educators  – Sandbox Negotiations

Thanks to Julie Lindsay and my Flat Connections colleagues across the country and globe, I am now a certified Global Educator. I joined the Flat Connections Global Educator course because I wanted to find a space where I could grow past my own understandings of how we learn and form a network of innovative educators […]

In Digital Age, Schools That Succeed are Schools That Connect | MindShift

A few months ago, I posted an article by Shelly Blake-Plock called 21 Things in Education That Will be Obsolete in 2020, which lists some of the ways in which the face of schools will change in less than a decade. In this op-ed, which originally appeared in the Baltimore Sun, he describes what exactly […]

Teachers: How Slowing Down Can Lead to Great Change | Edutopia

Sometimes, in order to gain perspective on a situation, I imagine myself zooming into outer space and looking down on whatever is going on. From a distance of thousands of feet above whatever craziness is happening I can see more clearly and determine the actions that are available for me to take. Over the last […]

The International Education Chat Forum #IntEdchat on Twitter!

Originally posted on Principal of Thought:
International educators have unique concerns and issues when it comes to education. Connect with other global-minded professionals in the field of education. Moderated Discussion Every Wednesday 6:00pm Beijing time and 6:00pm Central European time. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to)… Curriculum Leadership Support Technology Relocation Job Fairs Culture Pro-D Best…

Feedback for Effective Thinking | Nanjing International School

20th -22nd September 2013 Nanjing International School Keynote Speaker: Dylan Wiliam In 1998 Dylan Wiliam along with Paul Black authored the highly influential ‘Inside the Black box’: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment. Since then Dylan has worked with educators around the world in developing research based formative assessment strategies. Dylan Wiliam’s latest book, Embedded Formative […]

Professional Development Opportunities for International School Educators in Europe

The following is a list of upcoming workshops in Europe: The Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning By  Alan November 22nd – 23rd September, 2012, Luxembourg Price: Euro 575 Our schools are at the beginning of a historic transition from paper as the dominant storage and retrieval media to digital. The traditional technology planning approach […]

Four Steps to Failing Better

Written by: Paul Needham, Instructional Coach and Professional Learning Specialist Every teacher, whether they’re fresh out of TE’s Induction, or a 16-year veteran makes mistakes that impact the environment in their classroom. The trick that successful teachers have learned is how best to learn from these mistakes. In other words, successful educators don’t necessarily fail […]

6 powerful strategies for paradigm-shifting teacher PD | Connected Principals

As educators and leaders, we need to re-think every aspect of our professional practice to consider ‘could we be doing this better?’ Here is a brain-dump of the 6 most powerful strategies that I have used or in which I have participated. 1. Use a ‘hands-on’ approach that teaches team work I want the teachers […]

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell