You’ve heard it said countless times… “Kids today…” and it’s often not said in a positive manner. Just before or after the phrase, which is typically said in some condescending tone, is a reference as to why this generation of kids does not rise to the value of th...
What is it that today’s modern learners need to thrive? How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? The Future Ready Framework, a dynamic, research-based support for schoo...
Redesigning learning spaces is far easier feat if the money exists to support it. However, the vast reality is many, if not most districts, don’t have the budget available to purchase new furniture, no less at scale. Thus when redesigning spaces, affordability and sustainability most always remain p...
Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. as the “Homework Gap”) to support students, particularly those most in need. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 million families do not have connectivity at home. Ac...
This June will mark one year since my coauthor Eric Sheninger and I released Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today with ASCD. I feel blessed to say that the response by school leaders has been overwhelming. Eric and I continue to see firsthand the powerful transfo...
“Be the leader you wish you had.” —Simon Sinek Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective to one that’s personal, empowering, and owned by the learner. How can we create such a culture of ownership and empowerment? 1. Clearly def...
Simply put, educators are some of the most dynamic, creative, brilliant people on the planet. When we work alone, our effectiveness will be capped at our own potential. When we work together, our brilliance will only be capped by our own egos and pride. So how can we best leverage our collective exp...
Being one who travels virtually every week, I often find myself in remote locations, driving to hotels I’ve never seen, in a town I’ve never been. Upon landing at the closest airport, I’ll typically grab my carry-on luggage, proceed down an escalator, and if my destination is too f...
In this #LeadershipMinute, Tom talks about how leadership is defined by one’s actions.
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Basil Marin (@Basil_Marin) joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute.
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Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker) joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute.
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Jennifer Gonzalez (@CultofPedagogy) joins Tom for this #LeadershipMinute.
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EDUCATORS: Just because something is digital, does NOT mean it’s any good. You can be 100% paperless with 100% digital content/tools AND be 100% LOW LEVEL. We must place TASKS BEFORE APPS. Thanks to @classtechtips for joining this #LeadershipMinute. #FutureReady
Principals! Check out this year's brand new #FutureReady Institutes and our Principals Strand! Led by @casas_jimmy & @gustafsonbrad, this strand is sure to help you take your leadership to the next level. For more on these free events, visit: futureready.org/institutes.
EDUCATORS: TITLES don’t make leaders. ACTIONS do. Some of the greatest SCHOOL LEADERS are those teaching in classrooms every day & those that are part of a support staff. A title doesn’t mean one’s effective. His/Her actions determine it. #FutureReady #LT8Keys #LeadershipMinute
Check out the #FutureReady District Leadership strand, led by FRS Advisors @joe_sanfelippo (WI) & Suzanne Lacey (AL), available at this year's 2019 Future Ready Institutes. To register your leadership team for one of this year's free Institutes, visit http://futureready.org/institutes.
SCHOOL LEADERS: Taking care of the Social-Emotional side isn’t just for students, it’s about TAKING CARE OF OUR PEOPLE as well. Check out how @basilmarin_inspires and his team value Social-Emotional Learning for STUDENTS AND STAFF! #LeadershipMinute #FutureReady