If you're in the mood for a little inspiration this morning, take a peek at this 2013 Ted Talk from chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam. In it, he reminds us to not confuse technology use with innovation in education. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsYHqfk0X2A Flipping your classroom, for instance, so that students watch video lectures at home rather than in… Continue reading Three Rules to Spark Learning
Here's a great August 2013 post from Juliet that resonated with me this morning! The way we work is changing. In Time magazine’s series on the future of work, Seth Godin wrote “Work will mean managing a tribe, creating a movement and operating in teams to change the world.” Say sayonara to cubicles, data entry, and… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Future of Teaching
In a 2008 Harvard Business Review profile, Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, offered some insight into effectively managing creativity and innovation. As Julie, Juliet and I gear up for the second annual Ed to Save the World Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, his thoughts are a helpful reminder about what it takes to be an… Continue reading What it means to lead innovation
At Ed to Save the World we're keeping tabs on the increasingly important role of informal education spaces - spaces outside of school that serve to develop students' knowledge, skills, passions, and attitudes. While schools are struggling to keep up with the demands of the 21st century, it's exciting to see so many non-school organizations… Continue reading Trending: Girl Scouts of the Future
Okay, so maybe these three things aren't so secret since they were featured in a popular New York Times article called "Why Some Teams are Smarter Than Others." Still, I've read many similar leadership "lists" and none struck me quite like the research from this article. Perhaps it's because the results of this study were so… Continue reading Three Secrets of Effective Teams
At Ed to Save the World, we're obsessed with figuring out how to unleash the leadership potential both of educators and the students they serve. And we are certain that at the heart of leadership are two skills: compassion and empathy. That's right - compassion and empathy are skills. Compassion is "the emotional response of caring… Continue reading Leadership tool: learn to flex your compassion muscles!
We can't provide the best education if we are not at our best. I've searched the internet and found what I think to be the most helpful survey of well-being so far. National Accounts of Well-Being is hosted by the New Economics Foundation whose tagline is "economics as if people and the planet mattered." Love… Continue reading What’s your well-being score?
At Ed to Save the World, we try to recognize that leading change is kind of like a tightrope act. In order to move forward you have to strive for balance at all times. One key balancing act we all have to work on involves patience and urgency. How do we demand and push for change now… Continue reading How do we lead change without working ourselves to death?
In June of 2013 (original post here), we created this checklist to help us self-assess and stay focused on the type of leaders we wanted to be -- generative, cage-busting, systems-thinking. We needed something quick, easy, and compact, unlike many of the self-assessments we had seen before, which consisted of pages and pages of scales and descriptors. Take… Continue reading Take 5 minutes…to check in on your leadership!
As I've been re-reading previous posts, I've been reminded of two key ideas about learning and leadership: 1) Culture > Policies 2) Principles > Strategies As leaders in education, we must recognize that the culture of our institutions is far more important than any initiative or policy we could invent. Why aren't kids reading? It's not for… Continue reading Adult learning and leadership: Culture over policies, principles over strategies