Thinking in Systems- Part 3: Understanding our Mental Models

For the past two weeks, we have been exploring thinking in systems. In part one, we explored definitions of a system and the rules which help us do this. Last week we explored a three-step process that can help us take any problem or issue and understand its systemic...

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Reflecting on the Year and Next

The parties are all done. The grades have posted; the awards all handed out. The final goodbyes said as everybody heads out on summer vacation. Now you finally have unrushed time to sit and reflect. As a school leader, you are probably thinking about the previous school year; what...

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Changing Mindsets Part 3

Over the past few blogs, a model of conceptual change for teachers labeled the Cognitive-Affective Model of Conceptual Change was explored. In simplest terms, this model suggests that when somebody proposes a new idea, teachers appraise the idea cognitively and affectively to see if it is a challenge or...

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Changing Mindsets Part 2

In our last blog, we began discussing one of the most challenging problems to solve for educational leaders: changing the mindsets of teachers to embrace new ideas, reforms, and changes. We know that action often precedes changes in beliefs, but getting people to act is often a challenge for...

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Changing Mindsets

As one of the 12 essential problems to solve for educational leaders, changing the mindsets of teachers to embrace new ideas, reforms, and changes is probably the most difficult one to solve. Not that teachers should adopt all proposed changes, but as we better understand the needs of learners...

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Keeping Your Eye on the Future

Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing ideas around one of the most significant issues school leaders face today: “What is the future bringing to schools?” We have addressed the role of artificial intelligence, given an example of a student in the future using enhanced learning management...

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What is the Future of Schools? The Role of Societal Drivers

As I have been researching the role of Artificial Intelligence in education and the future of schools lately, one of the major questions I hear is what is driving these changes? What is making our society change so quickly? To understand the future of society in general and schools...

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What is the Future of Schools? The Role of AI and Adaptive Learning

Recently I posted the 12 most intriguing problems educational leaders are facing this year moving forward. One of the more significant issues for leaders to meet asks “What is the future bringing to schools?” To answer that question, last week I wrote briefly about the coming influence of AI...

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What is the Future of Schools? Part 1

Recently we posted the 12 most intriguing problems educational leaders are facing this year moving forward. One of the more significant issues for leaders to face asks “What is the future bringing to schools?” To help answer or at least preview this question, the Leading Learners Institute will be...

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Psychological Safety Part 2

This month we have dedicated LLI’s blog to exploring the concept of psychological safety. This concept is so vital to improving schools that I listed it as one of the Leading Learners Institute’s top 12 most import ideas for 2019.  The question we asked at LLI is How can...

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Psychological Safety in Schools: Part 1

Good educational leaders are always wondering about the nature of trust they need to build in their schools to help improve and make the necessary changes. We know, however, that most workers in all industries feel reticent about speaking up especially around their leaders. As Edmondson states, however, “...

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