School change: YEK …. AWESOME!

November 1, 2010

One of the projects that I’m actively involved in is the movement to incorporate entrepreneurship into schools, especially small, rural, declining enrollment schools. The group that I’m working with is very specific in their desire. They don’t want kids to learn about entrepreneurship, they want the students to practice the discipline of entrepreneurs. I believe […]

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School change: the good news, and the bad news from the KSDE conference

October 30, 2010

The annual KSDE conference was held this past week and I was interested in some themes that seem to be emerging from the many conversations. You can decide which conversations were the good news, and which were the bad. Conversation number one. As always I had the opportunity to talk to a great number of […]

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School change: it’s time for the revolution!

October 20, 2010

Schools are evolving slowly. Too slowly. The rate of change in society is dramatically faster than the rate of change in schools. School change as it currently exists is losing ground on a daily basis. Our schools are already obsolete and getting more so every day. As part of the Kansas Education Commission I am […]

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School change: The Myth of education

October 19, 2010

I couldn’t have said it better … NO REALLY! I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER! So I’m not going to try. Here is a post from my friend Deb Haneke’s blog. I will take credit for inspiring her to write this post because I placed the link to this video on our group page on […]

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School change: high school math just doesn’t add up!

October 14, 2010

It started  some time  ago when I realized not every student needs algebra to be a productive member of society. I, like all educators, had drank the kool aid.I believed that every student needed algebra. But it kept nagging at me that I couldn’t give sufficient real world examples of the use of algebra in the real world. […]

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School change: how we organize high schools makes no sense.

October 12, 2010

School change at the high school level needs to begin with completely rethinking how we organize learning for students. That is, if we want kids to be able to do something with what they know, rather than simply knowing a lot of stuff for tests. That’s a big assumption. Schools presently are organized perfectly to […]

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School change: does the “classic liberal arts education” still serve a purpose?

October 11, 2010

Last week at the the Kansas Education Commission meeting one of the participants commented about “the classic liberal arts education” as if it were given how important, and appropriate, the classic liberal arts education is. As I’ve written before, the most difficult thing to do in school change is to decide what not to do […]

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School change: the shift from knowing to doing.

September 30, 2010

As I talk with individuals about school change one of the issues that always arises is the sense that teachers get that they are being criticized for not being good teachers. I always try to point out when I talk about school change that teachers are doing the best job they’ve ever done, at what […]

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School change: KBOR just doesn’t get it

September 28, 2010

Not all school change is good.  For example, the Kansas Board of Regents is considering adding an additional year of math in high school for students to meet qualified admissions for the regents universities. They think that having kids sit through another year of math class is somehow going to prepare them better to be […]

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School change: some advice to the Commissioner

September 27, 2010

I’ve never been short of  opinions or advice. And I’ve never been reluctant to share either one. Fortunately, I’m not all that sensitive, so I don’t get my feelings hurt when people ignore my advice and opinions. So I want to give the Commissioner of Education some advice. The role of Commissioner, in the minds […]

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School change: an interview with the commissioner.

September 24, 2010

I’ve embedded an interview with the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Diane DeBacker. Deb Haneke does an outstanding job of asking really important questions of Diane. I would urge all Kansas educators, and even educators outside the state of Kansas, to listen to the entire interview. Diane touches on some very important topics. I’m especially interested, […]

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School change: my car is a university!

September 21, 2010

One of the points I try to make when I talk about real school change is that educators must continue to be learners, and they must be learning about life in the 21st century. In fact, when I speak to groups of educators I often tell them that if they aren’t reading at least one […]

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School changed: can rural schools collaborate with their community and economic development?

September 20, 2010

I’ve been involved recently in several very interesting conversations that demonstrate the need for school change but also bring to light the myriad of possibilities for rural school districts to collaborate with their communities to increase the economic well-being of their communities. It can be a rather complex puzzle but let me try to put […]

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School change: did Facebook create helicopter moms?

September 17, 2010

While I normally talk about school change, I just finished the book, The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick and it prompted several thoughts. The idea of a “helicopter mom” being one of those thoughts. “Helicopter mom” is a relatively new idea. It describes the mom that hovers over her children with much greater knowledge and participation […]

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School change: Are we doing anything right?

September 14, 2010

I speak to groups often about school change and I frequently hear the same question, “Don’t you think were doing anything right?” The answer is “yes” with a great big BUT. That “BUT” is this. We are doing the best job in education that we have ever done, at what we’ve always done. The problem […]

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School change: Social media, it’s everywhere … except schools.

September 13, 2010

The whole world is changing, and one of the biggest changes involve social media. But for some reason social media isn’t even on the radar of school change. I am fascinated by the impact that social media has had on our lives. It’s affected how we communicate, how we stay informed, and how we stay […]

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School change: The entrepreneur in us all

September 8, 2010

School change means different things to different people, but one of the things that I believe we have to change in schools, especially in rural areas, is a focus on entrepreneurship. If our rural towns are going to survive, and the kids who stay there  live a decent life, then we have to grow our […]

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School change: Will schools suffer the same fate as other traditional media?

September 3, 2010

I’ve recently been reading a lot about how traditional media are changing. I think there should be some parallels with school change. It appears that listenership on radio is changing dramatically. First of all, satellite radio allowes individuals to listen to their favorite radio station whenever and wherever they are. Secondly, iPods allow individuals to […]

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School change: Technical solutions vs. adaptive challenges

August 24, 2010

In preparation for a presentation on school change that I was doing recently I was going back through my material and came across the work, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading by Marty Linsky and Ron Heifetz. Their work is really good stuff, and if you haven’t read it I would […]

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School change: All college degrees are not created equally

August 23, 2010

When we talk about school change there is always a discussion about preparing students for college. There is no doubt that in the 21st century those people who are the most successful tend to be those with the highest level of education. But not all college degrees are highly correlated with being successful in the […]

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