4 WBC Glenn Wiebe Teaching Social Studies In The 21st Century

October 26, 2012

Glenn came to ESSDACK in 2000 to work as the Social Studies Specialist on the Curriculum Development Team. Prior to ESSDACK, Glenn taught for almost a decade as a middle level Social Science teacher before spending five years in the Social Science department at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. As a state certified standards trainer with […]

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3 WBC Jerry The Tech Guy And The Impact Of New Technologies In Education

October 26, 2012

Jerry retired from ESSDACK in Hutchinson KS, after over 15 years of supporting Apple products in K-12 school districts. He’s helped with a number of one-to-one laptop initiatives, setting up servers, cloning and wired and wireless networks and working with my schools to help manage them. Recently I’ve worked with several districts on iPad carts […]

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2 WBC Dr. Mark Malaby changing the MA, a perspective on higher education

October 2, 2012

Today’s Lineup  The Whole Child Blog – How Project-Based Learning Educates the Whole Child written by Thom Markham Thom Markham, a psychologist, educator, and president of GlobalRedesigns. His goal is to help young people gain the advanced skills and core knowledge necessary to prepare for the workforce, contribute to global progress, and work toward a sustainable future. He […]

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1 WBC Where schools are coming from, and where they are going to

September 28, 2012

Tamara Konrade and Steve Wyckoff discuss their big picture views on the state of education in America. Check out their mind map of their content made in Mindmeister. The five areas that Tamara and Steve discuss are: What we teach TO What kids want to know, do, and be like How we teach TO Learning […]

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Remarkable Chatter … our first episode

September 20, 2012

Over at Remarkable Chatter we’ve launched a series of podcast shows. Here’s the first official podcast that Tamara Konrade and I did. Enjoy. Remarkable Chatter is both a podcast show and a network. The podcast is a weekly show hosted by Tamara Konrade and Steve Wyckoff. They discuss educational issues and trends, and interview creative, innovative and […]

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Student Entrepreneurship and Rural Economic Development, Three reasons it’s a Must!

June 8, 2011

In visiting with many rural communities over the years there was a common theme among most of them. Each of these communities thought that they could attract an established business to move to their town and hire many of the local citizens to high-paying jobs. I’m still waiting to see the first business move to […]

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An interview with Bentley Richert, Inman Elementary School

January 26, 2011

Below you will find an interview with my friend Bentley Richert. Bentley now teaches at Inman elementary school that was a coworker for many years. Over those years we spent many hours discussing school change. Bentley decided to go back to the classroom and see if all those ideas really make sense. I think you’ll […]

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I couldn’t have said it better … schools missing a great opportunity

January 11, 2011

This is a repost from Because Our Future Depends On It, Deb Haneke’s blog. I think she’s right on! Will another great crisis go unexploited? January 11, 2011 For some reason it seems to me that educators lack the where-with-all to seize the moment and make use a good crisis to redefine how we do business. […]

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McPherson Kansas, a school district going the right direction.

January 4, 2011

The C3. That’s what they’re calling them in McPherson USD 418. So what are the three C’s, how did they get there, and are they really leading to school change? They got there through a multiple year process of asking their staff, parents, and community what they collectively want for each student. The C3 are […]

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My “Educational Leaders” of the year

January 3, 2011

I decided to write this post to honor those educators that I believe are actually doing something to change the educational experiences for significant numbers of kids. So my criteria was, did they actually do something that changed the educational experience for their students for the better? These leaders are actually engaged in school change. […]

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The myths of standards and standardized testing

January 3, 2011

The federal government, through No Child Left Behind, has set the direction for school change in America. The NCLB act appears to be focused on two issues; develop a set of national standards that are adhered to by all schools, and raise standardized test scores. There is a fair amount of rhetoric around innovation and creativity […]

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Do our kids really learn how to learn?

December 21, 2010

One of the comments that I’ve heard several times recently is that the one thing we really do well is to teach our kids how to learn. In my opinion one of the very poorest things we do is teach our kids how learn. In fact, when I talk about school change that should be […]

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Can students do rural community development?

November 30, 2010

Several things have become clear to me when thinking about school change in rural America. I’ve been listening to conversations about declining enrollment for over 20 years. During that time I’ve facilitated goal setting for many boards of education in rural communities. Most of them have a discussion during that goal setting about stealing students […]

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Erie USD 101 making a big move, can you help them?

November 19, 2010

John Wyrick, superintendent at USD 101 in collaboration with the Erie community are making a bold move into the digital age. They are embarking on a marketing strategy for their school and community utilizing social media and search engine optimization of the community website to attract new visitors and residents Their first goal is to […]

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So what changes should be made?

November 17, 2010

In my previous post, School change:  so does Oklahoma get it, and Kansas doesn’t?, I was responding to an e-mail sent to me after my post, School change: Oklahoma gets it, Kansas doesn’t. Part of that e-mail asked the question: Other comments have to do with what the direction of education should be. We keep hearing […]

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So does Oklahoma get it, and Kansas doesn’t?

November 17, 2010

I received an email from a superintendent/friend regarding my blog post Oklahoma Gets It, Kansas Doesn’t, and I’d like to respond here so that others with the same questions/thoughts might see my response also. Your recent article “Oklahoma gets it, Kansas doesn’t” has raised some conversation within our district. One of the comments was “That’s […]

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But don’t you earn more with a college degree?

November 16, 2010

I was asked a really good question recently following a presentation on school change. I was asked to explain the paradox between two schools of thought regarding college educations. On one hand we read all the time the data that indicates how much more money you will earn in your lifetime as a college graduate, […]

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Oklahoma gets it, Kansas doesn’t

November 13, 2010

It’s Saturday morning and I intended to get up, drink my coffee, and catch up on the news. But when I checked my e-mail I had a slug of comments from our Facebook group Rural Education and Community Development Collaboration. So I read through them first. Big mistake. I read a post from Craig Stranathan […]

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Cognitive strength and conditioning.

November 8, 2010

I recently had a conversation with the teacher who read my blog post on high school math. I was told that I’d missed the most important aspect regarding students learning math in high school. The most important aspect, I was told, is that students need to learn algebra and other higher math because it trains […]

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School change: the perfect little world of universities

November 3, 2010

What magic elixir can KBOR possibly be feeding the rest of the education world? How else can you explain the hold that the universities have on K-12 education. The perfect little world of colleges! How do you get a gig like this! First of all universities get to dictate what and how high school kids […]

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