Sunday, October 21, 2012

10 things I have learned in my short time at ISTE's inaugural Leadership Forum

Here we go for about the 4th time of getting started in blogging.

Here 10 things I have learned in my short time at ISTE's inaugural Leadership Forum:

From the address by the board of ISTE:
  • Intelligent people who truly love to learn surround themselves with people from whom they want to learn.
  • Intelligent people also correctly say "inaugural" instead of "1st annual".
  • "True leadership begins with a commitment to students" -- Brian Lewis, ISTE President

From @chrislehmann's keynote address:
  • Students have the ability today to create profound artifacts of learning.
  • Students should have the opportunity to reflect on and direct their learning.
  • "We NEED kids to be better than we are".
  • The three major design influences for schools were factories, prisons, and churches.
  • We cannot replace schools with Wall Street. High-stakes, one-shot testing does not meet the original vision of schools. Schools need to represent our Democratic ideals, not those of capitalism.
  • Rube Goldberg has a larger influence in schools than imagined. Why do we keep trying to build a better multiple choice test or filmstrip?
  • We have several challenges facing us to change schools:
    • Leaders need to change the way teachers talk and model this talk. Students should never be the implied object of education.
    • We need to ask questions that we do not know that answers to. That is the link between inquiry and care. In the same vane, we need to care about students, not care for them.
    • Technology should be used to optimize person to person time. It should unite and connect...not isolate.
      • Administrators, in particular, should understand this and remove themselves from their office for an entire day each week. Remember why we got into education in the first place. (See Brian Lewis quote)
    • Schools need to be great places of passion: For teachers in guiding the learning and for students being an active participant in the learning.
    • Students need to be synthesizers of information. Were current educators trained how to make this happen for students?
    • Schools cannot be depositors of information. Learning needs to matter to students.
    • True change happens when leadership develops a vision, models that vision for all, and sustains that vision with systems and structures. If you lead by majority rule, it is the best way to build 49% opposition.
    • Leaders need to stop trying to fix the broken...we need to evolve.
    • And above all, be one school. Don't have a 1 set of rules for students, one for teachers, one for parents, etc.
If the keynote is any indication, all administrators need to attend this conference as a team to remember what schools can be.

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