Twitter has often been compared to a firehouse of information. Today I put my Dixie Cup out and caught this which I loved and made me think beyond Sylvia's 'sketchnote'. Do Educational leaders follow this same list for their teaches? Are some of these 'do what I say not as I do' too often by principals/admin? What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Heather Gauck, Allison Taylor and myself presented recently at the MACUL Mobile Learning Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan sharing our experiences with digital leadership. Our session was not only fun to put together but was a blast sharing with these amazing educators as well.
Our audience was attentive and kind and were very talkative at the conclusion all seemed genuinely ready to tackle one of the opportunities/tools we presented on.
Below is our presentation. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments!
I had the pleasure of leading a professional development session this week for my staff and that of a local Middle College program focusing on Standards Based Learning/Grading. Our emphasis was to write standards with proficiency scales that focused on skills as opposed to the usual content that curriculum maps are based on.
We kicked off the work day with a review of how society and business are changing from a physical item ownership and demand to more of a creative/collaborative nature. We discussed how the following businesses have changed how their sector 'does business' and how we as educators have to begin changing our mindset to keep up with the times. (Tweet/Image courtesy of Dr. Justin Tarte)
With this, we related how educators have done business for the last 100 years+ which mostly included the transfer of facts/content to how we must now impart the skill of how to learn and how to interact with others as well as the information that is so much more accessible through modern technology. Instead of restricting the use of technology to seek out knowledge/facts we must encourage students to make sense of what they find while curating and collaborating on its best use.
We also spoke about how ESSA will allow more freedom in standards and assessments at the district/state level and we can take advantage of this by marking our work with the unique DNA of our district and educators.
We moved through the why of the day and into the how or creation of high-level skills and in what way we would assess them via a modified Marzano proficiency scale. Traditional Marzano proficiency scales do away with grades for numbers or labels identifying the level of proficiency a student has attained but for our purposes the shift to Standards Based Grading would most make sense leaving traditional grades as part of our process. Please click through the presentation below to make sense of our modifications and some resources that can help:
I was very proud of the discussion and work done by the teams from both schools who were gathered by core content areas as well as elective groups. Discussion of cross-cutting skills that students must know to be successful in both their areas as well as life were articulated with high level Bloom's/Marzano taxonomies and then broken down by building blocks ("C" level proficiency) versus the true Higher Order Thinking Skills that wold drive students to success ("A" level proficiency).
Future posts will feature some of their brave and thoughtful work and I can't wait to see how far they can take the learning of our students!
Just a chance to reflect over educational articles and ideas that float through my head.