Educational Leadership

What’s the highest calling of higher education? St. John’s College has some enduring answers.

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            The Most Contrarian College in America

If you have paid attention to education reform at all in recent years, you know what Bill Gates, Eli Broad, various Waltons and other very wealthy philanthropists have done with their education grants: support charter schools, and/or Teach For America, and/or standardized test-based teacher evaluations, and/or school voucher programs, and/or other elements of corporate school reform. But now meet Ted Dintersmith, a different kind of education philanthropist with a different school reform agenda.

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            Not Bill Gates: Meet Ted Dintersmith, an education philanthropist with a different agenda

Gautam is a Computer Engineer by education, Growth Hacker by experience and a Life Designer at heart. For past 7 yrs, he's been obsessed with trying latest studies & concepts in personal transformation in his own life, so in essence he has made himself his own guinea pig, and he calls this process "Life Designing". With his vision to create the Disneyland of Learning & Education, he runs international summits on life designing by the name of "LifePlugin Summit". Gautam is a Computer Engineer by education, Growth Hacker by experience and a Life Designer at heart. For past 7 yrs, he's been obsessed with trying latest studies & concepts in personal transformation in his own life, so in essence he has made himself his own guinea pig, and he calls this process "Life Designing". With his vision to create the Disneyland of Learning & Education, he runs international summits on life designing by the name of "LifePlugin Summit". This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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Can you imagine a world in which most jobs are obsolete? If not, you are most likely in for a rude awakening in the coming decades of radical shifts in employment. This is particularly true for new parents propelling the next generation of workers into an adulthood that many economists and futurists predict to be the first ever “post-work“ society.

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            If You Want Your Children to Survive the Future, Send Them to Art School

It may be hard to get into Harvard, but it's easy to get out without learning much of enduring value at all. A recent graduate's report

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Thomas Jefferson was arguably one of the most well-educated Americans of his time. He was well-read, thoughtful, knowledgeable in a wide variety of topics from the arts to the sciences, and the founder of the University of Virginia. The same could probably be said of Ben Franklin, or James and Dolly Madison. On the larger world stage, we could credibly make such claims for René Descartes, William Shakespeare, Galileo, Michelangelo, and Plato.

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In psychology, the four stages of competence, or the 'conscious competence' learning model, relates to the psychological states involved in the process of progressing from incompetence to competence in a skill.

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            Four stages of Competence

Incredible piece about the incredibly designed UX at Disney. What if “school” had more of this UX design and capability? Wow!

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The best schools have both a strong and healthy administration and teaching staff. Weak administration can leave even the most qualified teaching staff anemic -- and a strong administration with a weak teaching staff leaves a school with a lot of talk and no walk.I often think about how it is a systemic flaw that teachers have to leave the classroom in order to make more money or advance their ca...

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Joel Westheimer is the author of the book What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good and is speaking in Red Deer this Thursday, November 5, 2015.Joel's book asks us to imagine the kind of society we would like to live in and shows how schools might best be used to make that vision a reality.Westheimer challenges us to answer some pretty tough questions about our schools:What...

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            What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good

'The role of the school principal in Canada is increasingly multifaceted and complex. Beyond the foundational administrative and managerial roles they are expected to master, principals are also expected to be innovators and agents of change -- all of this in a culture that increasingly challenges traditional conceptions of leadership.'~ J-C CoutureIn June I wrote a post on 5 ways teachers can de...

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            Rethinking School Leadership


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