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Get tips, support, and advice for leading your school toward effective 21st-century learning practices.

Dr. Joe MazzaAugust 9, 2012

I recently had an opportunity to attend the first Digital Family Summit (DFS) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Presenters and summit attendees were both parents and students. The "summit" included families from as far away as Canada, Utah, California, and of course those from local states and cities that could make the trip.

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Brad CurrieAugust 7, 2012

#Satchat is a great example of the power of social media to improve education, and the benefit of expanding an educator's Personal Learning Network (PLN). The premise behind this Twitter chat/hashtag came about when Scott Rocco (@ScottRRocco) and I (@bcurrie5) connected on Twitter in February 2012. Both of us had a passion for education and knew other school leaders around the globe who shared our enthusiasm. What we would soon realize is that this passion was not restricted to local or national educators, but had a global reach.

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George CourosJuly 6, 2012

As many school administrators are enjoying their summer break, we all tend to think of ways that we can make our school better in the upcoming year. Often, I point school principals and district leaders to a powerful post by Will Richardson that helps us point the finger right at ourselves when we are looking to push our school ahead. Richardson states:

"Meaningful change ain't gonna happen for our kids if we're not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. At the heart, it's not about schools . . . it's about us."

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Nicholas ProvenzanoJanuary 9, 2012

One of the easiest things for any tech person to forget is the presence of non-instructional types in the building. There's so much great technology out there for school administrators, but tech support often overlooks them because their job focus is helping classroom instruction. There is tremendous value in reaching out to on-site administrators and seeing what they need. Here are some of the benefits to thinking about your administrators when it comes to tech support.

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Lori CullenJanuary 6, 2012

To kick off 2012, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on what I have learned about leadership and being a principal. I am always learning; however, here are the key lessons that I want to remember and apply to this year. Not in any particular order, here are the ways I hope to become a great leader and great principal.

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Ken KayOctober 26, 2011

In some ways we have saved the toughest challenge for last. Don't get me wrong. Transforming professional development, curriculum, instruction and assessment to create 21st century outcomes for your students will all be very challenging. But here's the final challenge in this series:

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Ken KayOctober 16, 2011

Welcome back to our series on becoming a 21st century school or district. For the earlier installments of this series, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

We have covered a lot of ground since we started this 7 step series. We have talked about embracing the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) and embedding them in professional development (step 4), and curriculum and assessment (step 5). But, the goals of your initiative can't be accomplished if your teachers aren't supported in making them happen in the classroom for each and every student.

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Ken KayOctober 6, 2011

Welcome back to our series on becoming a 21st century school or district. For the earlier installments of this series, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

We often get asked to show folks what 21st century skills can look like in the classroom. Here is a video from the Pearson Foundation focused on High Tech High in San Diego.

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Ken KaySeptember 29, 2011

Welcome back to our series on becoming a 21st century school or district! For the earlier installments of this series, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Ken KaySeptember 22, 2011

Welcome back to the "7 Steps for Becoming a 21st Century School or District." In Step 1 you adopted your own 21st century education vision. In Step 2 you used communication and collaboration skills to bring your community together to adapt that vision. Now you need to reflect on whether your entire school or district's strategies are aligned to your new vision.

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