In this short video, Michael emphasizes the importance of making causal links between action and outcomes using data. Actions, when backed up by evidence, become the standard; and when data are precise, presented in a non-judgmental way, considered by peers, and used for improvement as well as for external accountability, they serve to balance pressure and support.
This is topic video 17 of 22.
Topic video 18 will be posted Thursday, May 28.
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To raise the bar and close the gap for students means improving ALL schools in the system—not just a few. Piecemeal or small-scale reform doesn’t work. What does work is focusing on the three core components of deep learning: learning & teaching, change knowledge, and the culture of learning. Using the whole system change strategies in this framework, we have found that we can get great results in a reasonably short period of time.
This is topic video 16 of 22.
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At William G. Davis Senior Public School, when the idea of BYOB came up, principal Andrea Meyer gave every teacher an iPod and said ‘Have fun!’. He knew that capacity building requires skill, knowledge and motivation. View this video to see how teachers teamed up and reached out to each other in a brilliant fashion to develop the strategies they needed to reach their goals.
This is topic video 15 of 22.
Topic video 16 will be posted Thursday,
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In this video filmed at Park Manor Public School in Ontario, Vice Principal Liz Anderson describes the importance of focusing on the student. The Accelerated Learning Framework, developed at Park Manor to provide clarity about what learning needs to be, uses pedagogy as the driver and digital to accelerate learning.
This is topic 14 of 22.
Topic video 15 will be posted Thursday, April 23.
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This video is an excellent example of a motion leader in action. Central Peel Secondary School principal, Lawrence DeMaeyer talks with Michael about how his school collaborates between and among other schools.
This is topic video 13 of 22.
Topic video 14 will be posted Thursday, April 16th.
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When in doubt, it’s better to examine your practice and that of others who seem to be getting somewhere than it is to reach for the bookshelf. New work on understanding the brain bears out this idea. We know that the brain is best fed through experience. When people experience something new, it connects with their feelings first, then their minds. When this leads to new behavior, the latter sticks because it has emotional meaning. This is why I have stressed going from practice to theory.
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School boredom has no chance against the addictive digital draw of the outside world. Within schools, technology is conspicuous by its absence or by its superficial, ad hoc use. Stratosphere wants to change that. How can technology help us by opening up the world to deeply engaged learning and worldwide, collaborative problem-solving? In a word, technology, well used, can help us race rapidly to a future that humankind wants and will find fulfilling. (Stratosphere,
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Based on Michael’s book, The Moral Imperative Realized, this short, inspirational video is a reminder that school leaders and principals must answer the call to drive the change our children deserve.
This is topic video 10 of 22.
Topic video 11 will be posted Thursday, March 19th.
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In this video, Michael takes you back in history to Sputnik and the US curriculum. Innovations abounded but not all were implemented the way they were supposed to be as John Goodlad discovered.
This is topic video 9 of 22.
Topic video 10 will be posted Thursday, March 12th.
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Use the group to the change the group! Today’s principals don’t work in isolation—they collaborate and learn within their school and among other schools. The principal of today is a system player who integrates internal and external development and participation in ALL schools. The traditional role and perception of principals as a ‘go-to’ for problems and as micro-managers is passé.
This is topic video 8 of 22.
Topic video 9 will be posted Thursday, March 5th.
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