Pre-conference thoughts and reflections
We are now only a few weeks away from the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference in National Harbor. What are you looking for at this year’s conference? What sessions do you plan on attending? If you are not able to attend, what sessions do you hope to see people attend with the desire that they share their experience with the greater community. Many of those who will be in attendance will be blogging or even liveblogging. Live blogs take place in real time and allow for people to experience the session through the eyes of the one who is blogging. There is also usually opportunity for interaction between the live blogger who is in the session and the people who are remote. If you plan to live blog any sessions, notify firstname.lastname@example.org so that this information can be posted through the community site. Make sure you supply a link to the location where you will be hosting your live blog so it can be promoted.
This is also a chance for you to think about the upcoming conference. Write a blog post and send the link to email@example.com to be included in a future issue of The Daily Find. If you don’t have a blog and are not ready to start one yet, send the copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get it posted on the community site with attributions. This is a chance to start high level conversations about the approaching conference.
Pre-conference Video Challenge
Are you hiding inside from the extreme ice, snow and cold? Is the weather too nice to go outside when so much of the country is frozen? Are you looking for a little challenge and a chance to share some wisdom in a creative way? This is your chance. Take the Pre-conference Video Challenge. This is your chance to learn something new and explore new ways of teaching. You don’t need fancy equipment or purchase fancy software. Everything you need related to software is already on your computer or free on the web…[MORE]
Finally, don’t forget about the Community Wishing Wall. This is a very easy place to interact as you simply leave notes on the wall related to the conference and items in The Daily Find. This is also an opportunity to explore ways you might use this time of technology in various classrooms. With a little creativity, there is huge potential here for ways this type of space could be used with your students.
Crafting Public Purpose Partnerships
Still looking for an innovative preconference session? Consider signing up for Crafting Public Purpose Partnerships Wednesday February 23rd from 1:00-4:00 pm. Public purpose becomes common purpose when schools and individuals transcend boundaries of institution, class, roles and geography to engage fully with others. Four organizations describe how their partnering models democratize access to learning, make the most of technology, and ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability of the partners and the communities they serve…[MORE]
10 reflections on Educon
I am writing this from a hotel room in Hermosillo, Mexico, where I am spending a week introducing St. Gregory to schools, families, and students here, exploring possible collaboration, exchange, and enrollment opportunities. 10 thoughts about Educon: 1. Innovation matters. Innovation here is perhaps the key rallying call (after all, it is called above an innovation conference), and innovation is a genuinely important and energizing construct around which we can and should organize educational…[MORE]
A School is… (Verse 10 )
A school is an economic entity whose operations must be prudent and ethical. Okay, this should be short and sweet. It’s about governance and money. Historically governing bodies have a simple role—to determine the course the school is to take (i.e., “set the mission”) and then make sure the school has the resources (material and human) to keep moving…[MORE]
Laura Michaels- Hyde Schools
A Call to Arms for Education
In yesterday’s State of the Union address, President Obama spoke to the need to revitalize the economy, to increase bipartisanship in Congress, to reorganize the government in order to decrease spending and chip away at the deficit. At the beginning of his speech, Obama spoke to the need to “out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.” Obama spoke of education as quintessential to the race to be…[MORE]
Michael Ebeling (Guest post by Devon Davis)
Understanding the Needs of our Boys
I have lost count of the number of times a parent has said to me, “He just doesn’t care.” Usually the parent is referring to an adolescent male who has decided, consciously or not, that there will be no effort forthcoming. In the hopes I could come up with some better answers, I read Leonard Sax’s book entitled, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. I have very briefly summarized…[MORE]
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