As educators, our core business is learning. We fulfill a multitude of additional roles that are also extremely important, yet, at its essence, education is about learning and our schools and school districts must be learning-focused organizations. Of course, when we talk about learning as our core...
I can remember bouncing on your lap when I was about three. I remember the silly gifts you’d give, your incredible sense of humor, your amazing model of how to be a father and grandfather, and how to this day, I consider you the most brilliant man I’ve ever known. I remember your hugs and kisses; yo...
The energy at the end of the day was infectious. To hear Emily Davis from the US Department of Education speak with such passion about what had occurred at the DOE that day was both encouraging and inspiring. In lieu of the traditional edcamp smackdown to wrap up the day, 100 educators from around...
Each week educators from around the world engage in meaningful conversations on Twitter. Twitter chats have connected educators globally and transformed the way many view professional development. Currently, there are over 200 of these chats, which range in topic, participants, and purpose. An up-t...
This past week, I had the privilege of introducing US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a guest moderator for #edtechchat, an educational Twitter chat that I founded with four members of my personal learning network (PLN). Over the course of 60 minutes, almost 2,000 people from around the wor...
It was sitting at a breakfast meeting three years ago with a colleague in a neighboring school district and my close friend, Rich Kiker (@rkiker) that it hit me. Rich and I were discussing needs in our home districts, plans moving forward, effective aspects of our professional development, and how t...
Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and one-to-one devices, money is flowing into programs and tools for schools like never before, but are th...
This post is co-authored by Tom Murray and Kristen Swanson. Dear Tom, Back in the days of giant desktop computers and Microsoft Publisher, you were my teacher. You showed me how to create digital learning spaces for my students, and you guided me as I started to think about the ways that technology...
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