Coding in Schools – Creating a Culture of Innovation in Education

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Most of my memories from elementary school are foggy. But I vividly ¬†remember playing word munchers on a orange screen computer in Kindergarten. It is surprising to me that 30 years later my own children talk about how they have to wait two weeks to get computer time at school but at home they can…



Top Ten Reasons Summer is Great

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A friend of mine recently said that while David Letterman is no longer on t.v., the top ten list is never going away. She was SO right. I’ve been thinking about the first time I heard about the top ten list and how it was used in my church youth group by my youth pastor….



Minnetonka Summer Leadership Institute 2014- Innovation in Education

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Yesterday I was given the opportunity to attend the Minnetonka Summer Leadership Institute on Innovation in Education. There were three keynote speakers: George Couros, Heather Staker, and Eric Sheninger. I decided to create a one page reflection from my main take-a-ways. I love dreaming…



My PLN

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I am so, so, so grateful for my PLN. They are amazing thought leaders. Together we imagine and create the future of education that I so desire to see come to fruition. The community that has surrounded me virtually and physically on my journey has enriched my soul, taught me more than I could ever…



Summer Leadership

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This is the time of the year that is hardest for me. The children have left for the summer and now so have the Teachers. Today I am reminded that the work I do in the summer matters. I will hang on to the notes of kind words, the bright moments of celebration and the…



The Harvard T-shirt

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Almost a year ago I attended the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at Harvard University. When I had applied I thought I had enough time to save up for it because for sure it would take me a couple years to get it in. I have never been so happy to be wrong in…



Equality

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Equality
by Dr. Maya Angelou

You declare you see me dimly
through a glass which will not shine,
though I stand before you boldly,
trim in rank and marking time.
You do own to hear me faintly
as a whisper out of range,
while my drums beat out the message
and the rhythms never change.

Equality, and…



360 Leadership

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I am a 360 leader. I value building capacity throughout the school so that children can grow, develop and contribute to our world. I visualize leadership like climbing around a spherical jungle gym- you know the one playground apparatus that every child ran for at recess time. I also loved the gigantic tractor tire that…



A case for balanced assessment

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I believe that we are missing the point with regard to standardized testing. I understand that everyone has an opinion about testing and I know that there are ramifications to eliminating testing BUT we have to do better for our students.

I believe that our current system of accountability is muddled. It is muddled with too…



My day at the state capitol- lesson two

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After I arrived at the state capitol and met the other participants, we were asked to think about what we wanted to talk with our legislators about- what was important to us. Honestly, I hadn’t really thought much about it because as a school administrator because I wasn’t sure if I would actually get out…