Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

Nick Teti - CPCO

'Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." Jack Welch

Why would someone follow you? (Self reflection)

Authentic - trust, integrity, honest, genuine
They believe you know what your are doing.
You have direction - heading in a direction others want to go.
Ability - make a difference
Exercise of influence
Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve.
Integrity is all encompassing (You define yourself when no one is watching)
Trust - The foundational principle that holds all relationships.
"Building trust on a team requires shared experiences over time"
Trust is built on Character and Competence

Emotional Bank Account - Build Trust
Six Major Deposits
1. understanding the individual
2. Attending to the little things
3. Keeping commitments
4. Clarifying expectations
5. Showing personal integrity
6. Apologizing sincerely when you make a withdrawal.

1. Proactivite
Use proactive language vs. reactive language

"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom" Viktor Frankl

Circle of influence and Circle of Concern

2. Begin with the end in mind
All things are created twice.
First a mental creation, followed by the physical creation
- Focus on creating the shared vision
- Then focus on the execution of the vision

A clear Vision creates followers - Simon Sinek

3. Put first things first

4. Think win/win
Doesn't have to always be win-win
Agreements and solutions are mutually beneficial -
Life is about cooperation not competition

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset.

See the problem from the other point of view
Identify key issues and concerns
Determine what results would constitute a fully acceptable solution
Look at new options

5. Seek first to understand, then be understood
Empathetic Listening - Listening with the intent to understand

6. TEAM -Together Everyone Achieves More
Synergy - Increas levels of communication to get Synergy (Win-Win)

7. Sharpen the Saw
If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first 4 hours sharpening the axe.
Physical - Mental - Spiritual - Social/Emotional

Empower Others
If we delegate tasks you will build followers
If we delegate Authority you will build leaders
It's not about recruiting followers but instead building leaders who can change the world

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

e_Assessment FOR learning techniques

Andrew Schmitt
Assessment for Learning is the key way for teachers to advance the learning for students.  Technology can be used to transform the learning experiences for our students.  What happens when you bring the two together?  Explore some ways that technology can be used to transform the way that teachers are assessing their students with the ultimate goal of moving the learner forward and improving student achievement.  

How well do you know your students.Exam paper - lotto instant kiwi commercial video

When teachers try to change more than 2-3 things at the same time it often deteriorates the teaching.
Where the learning is going, where the learning is right now, how to get there.
Use SAMR as a self reflective tool to see how you are using technology. also tie it into assessment.
key Strategy - 
1.Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning goals and success criteria.
- Use a google form and students must create test questions.
- turn success criteria into a google form that students fill out - use it for teacher purpose to see if students know how to be successful.
FormMule - have form emailed to user.

2. eliciting evidence of learners' achievement.

Plickers app.
Poll everywhere
3. provide feedback to move the thinker forward.
video - feedback on learning. ego involving vs. task involving.
Successful feedback - what students need to do to improve and how to go about doing it.
Good feedback causes thinking.

Ask Three questions in students work an write corresponding questions at the bottom.
Bookmark  text in google doc. allows you to link to text.
Conditional formatting in a spreadsheet.  use colour to identify things that stand out. - allows to see trends.
Descriptive feedback is only beneficial if you give them time to improve.
Activating students as instructional resources.

Jaime Casap - Keynote

Jaime Casap - Keynote - Chief Education Evangelist for Google

Importance of Education - Education disrupts poverty, it changes lives.
Reach higher - think of goals beyond high school - Initiative by gov't of USA.
The impact and power of education lasts for generations.
Education isn't broken - the world around us has changed and we don't live in that world.
Need to have discussions around what is the right education system/model for the economy we are facing.
Need deeper skills - 60+% of jobs require post secondary education.
Computer science is an important topic for future degrees because of the role of technology in our lives.
Knowledge is at everyone's fingertips from the internet, how do we flip education to embrace this?
Why is it important
1 - Unable to implement good learning based on current educational system. Need to use technology to provide good learning
2 - Technology has wrapped itself around everyone's lives and we don't even see technology because it is common place.
3. How students see learning is different than how "We" teachers see learning.

What are the critical skills kids need to have?

Problem Solving - What problem do you want to solve? (what do you want to be?) How do they know what they want to be? what will exist? 60% of jobs that kindergarten kids will have don't exist right now. 41% of students want to do their own thing.

The better question is what problem do you want to solve - and then follow up quesiton is what do you need (skills) to solve that problem.
Who do you want to work for ......what do you want to do? How are you going to solve that problem, what do you need to solve that problem.

Iteration consists of success and failure.
Google update 600+ a year.
Chromebooks updated every 2 weeks.
Need to constantly change

Collaboration is how problems are solved.
but edcuation is not set up for this.
There is a comfort in collaboration - knowing that your work is part of a greater sum.
Teach the ability to listen.
Real collaboration....
-To ask good questions,
-To change your mind.
-Build consensus

We need to build digital leaders
- if they don't learn in school where are we going to learn it.
-ensure they are using technology correctly.

Job is not to memorize things, the real drive is to focus on how to take information and convert it into intelligence
Information has no value it's a commodity.
Who are the first 4 presidents of the USA or What would the country look like if John Adams was the first president.

Student Centered learning models...
Get to the point where technology is invisible and it just happens so that learning can occur.
Experiment with collaborative learning models.

Competency based education

Nothing is more important that having a great teacher.

There is no future classroom....we need consistent iterations and innovation
It's not what the classroom it's what happens in the classroom.
Transformation has no end point.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tools for Having Necessary Conversations

Tools for Having Necessary Conversations
Lorrie Temple and Jonathan Wright

Butterfly Metaphor try to help the struggling butterfly but the struggle had a purpose.

As a leader you ask quesitons to prompt an individual’s thinking Help others do their own thinking (I don’t need to fix people).
How do you help someone grow if you take on their problem need to have the conversation that gives them tools to solve their own problems.
  •  Verbal and nonverbal cues witnessed
  •  Reciprocal process to lessen “power differences”
  •  ‘In’ rapport (body language, volume tone) vs ‘having’ rapport
  •  Mutual respect.
  •  Start to buld a level of trust.
    Listening Set Asides
  •  jumping to solutions (fixer)
  •  prejudices/assumptions
  •  Unimportant details
  •  Your own agenda
  •  The need to lead
  •  Power of the pause (start sentance with So......)
  •  LISTEN, Restate MEANING in your words (what you are saying....), CONFIRM
  •  Paraphrase when the person starts changing themes.
  •  Capture the big idea/emotion.
  •  Heart of the conversations are the questions you ask
  •  See handout for examples. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Assessment in the on-line learning environment.

How has performance and assessment changed over the years?
1. Emphasis is on ability to locate and apply knowledge quickly and efficiently
2. Students are expected to communicate ideas effectively.
3. Age of information
4. No longer one defining source of information
5. "Answers" readily available with technology-no longer need hours of research

How does Assessment differ in the virtual classroom?
  • Time
  • Space
  • Asynchronous

Leading through difficult but necessary conversations

Barriers to having difficult conversations? See hand out page 3

How do we know when a difficult conversation is necessary?

Incremental conversations - can't expect to force the change with one conversation.
Is it going to get worse before it gets better.

Earn Trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest. Seth Godin
Integrity builds trust.
Advancing the best interest of children.
To build trust is to be predictable.

Preparation is the key!!! - See slide for graphic

Suggestion starters - last 3 slide.

Mark Weber - Managing Difficult (Problem Solving) Conversations

Delivering difficult messages

Conversation that you don't know what the right outcome is....need to move to a better place.

No research to support that people learn best from a particular learning style.
Data actually shows - Teaching matters (good, effective, structured, scaffolding technique)

The person is responding to the situation you create for them.

Everyone goes through life asking:
What does a person like me do in a situation like this?
3 levers that can be shifted
- Person like me (can shift ex. prayer before meeting, doctor driving to work vs. doctor driving to son's graduation) Many selves inside everyone
- What type of situation is this? (setting, environment)
- Do - what are the rules (for the most part we are rule followers.)

1. watch high status others
2. practice behavior of high status others
3. habituate behavior
4. calcify

Developed habits to deal with things like conflict into life and the work place.

Identify habit and break out of it.
All difficult conversation have the same underlying structure.
Dynamics make the difficult conversation disastrous
Set of strategies to reduce the stress of difficult conversations

Resource: Difficult conversations; how to discuss what matters most.

Difficult conversations cannot be made easy - that is why they are difficult.
Will the outcome be better or worse.

Critical Psychological Context

1. When beginning a difficult conversation let the other person talk first.
2. Shut up and listen.

Leadership - Mentoring Reflection


I had the opportunity to sit in on a Special Education Visioning Committee meeting that was run by Laura Shoemaker.   The committee is made up of secondary and elementary administrators.  Laura felt it would be good for me to participate in the meeting as a participant to go through some of the strategies she had in place to help guide the decision making process.
Although I was a participant, I was able to view the meeting as an ‘outsider’ and look at how she ran the meeting.  The first thing she did was welcome and thank everyone, but she then elaborating on the importance of everyone being there, stressed that everyone’s voice would be heard and the ideas and recommendations that come from the group would be used to move Special Education in the WCDSB forward.  Setting the tone of the meeting in this format was very powerful, it gave everyone the sense that being there was important and it wasn’t just another committee meeting they were ‘voluntold’ to be a part of.  It also made everyone feel like what they have to say is important and it will be heard and taken into consideration as decisions are being made.
The active part of the meeting was not a typical “everyone sit around and discuss topics on an agenda”.   At their previous meeting Laura had the participants come up with Strengths, Weakness’, Opportunities, and Threats for the current role of the Special Education Teacher within the WCDSB.  We reviewed these notes and she then provided a research component about the role. We were to take 2-3 important points from each of the area's (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats) and write it on a sticky, the sticky was then placed onto a piece of chart paper on the wall.  Laura then had small groups go to each of the 4 pieces of chart paper and classify each of the sticky’s/points as negotiable or nonnegotiable items.  This was  very powerful exercise as it encouraged small group discussions about each item and whether it was something that could essentially be changed or didn’t need to change.  We then moved to each of the 4 areas and could reclassify each point as negotiable or nonnegotiable, once again creating very rich discussion about each point.
Before the meeting was adjourned, Laura refocused the group and encouraged everyone to use a similar structure for building capacity within staff. She also explained what the next steps looked like by reinforcing that our opinions would be used to drive/move forward the Special Education Vision.  She was also honest in the fact that she had to present the information to Executive Council who would also provide feedback.  She then reviewed what next steps and action items need to occur for their next meeting.

From my point of view I must say that it was one of the best committee meetings I’ve been a part of.  I think that setting the tone of the meeting at the beginning allowed everyone to realize that their voice was going to be heard and it was.  The structure of the meeting easily allowed for everyone to provide input, often times at meetings they can be overtaken by a few powerful/loud personalities and some of the other messages from others can be lost or intimidated to bring forth ideas/information.  Laura facilitated the structure but once everyone got into the exercise it drove itself, the discussion and questions that were raised were all coming from the participants with a few points of clarification from Laura.  I also realized that there was no ‘hidden’ agenda or ideas being pushed, everything was being driven by the participants which was also very much appreciated.