PDK Poll: 81% of Americans Support Teacher Board Certification


Reposted from the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes towards the Public Schools:

Highly respected and widely followed by the media, the PDK/Gallup poll is a reliable resource for families, education professionals, researchers, and policy makers. For 46 consecutive years, PDK’s goal in publishing the poll is to support a common desire to improve U.S. schools.

PDK’s partner for all 46 years is Gallup, the foremost name in polling in America and around the world. The poll is a scientifically based survey of more than 1,000 Americans 18 years and older. The report of the poll publishes all questions exactly as they were asked during telephone polling, which occurred in May-June 2014. A method statement is included in the poll report.

The PDK/Gallup poll is financed solely by the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, permitting PDK to offer an independent and unbiased report of American public opinion about its public schools. What did Americans say in 2014 about the most pressing issues in education — and did Democrats and Republicans agree?

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Meet the Man Behind Common Core Math


Reposted from NPR ED:

When Jason Zimba was first hired to help write a new set of K-12 math standards in 2009, the groups behind the Common Core — including representatives from 48 states — set very ambitious goals. The tough new guidelines would match the expectations set for students in higher-performing rivals like Singapore and South Korea. The standards would not only catapult American students ahead of other developed nations but would also help close the gaps between low-income students in the U.S. and their wealthier counterparts.

The Common Core would drive publishers and test-makers to create better curricula and better tests and push school districts and teachers to aim for excellence, not just basic proficiency, for their students. And the guidelines would arm every principal, teacher and parent with the knowledge of exactly what it takes to get into college and succeed.

The champions of the Common Core — including organizations like the National Governors Association and the Council for Chief State School Officers — expected the task to be difficult. Overhauling textbooks would take a lot of time, and training teachers would take even more. But the bipartisan groundswell of opposition to the standards took them by surprise.

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eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]


Online options are growing, and the classroom format is changing to incorporate the technology. There are a few trends on the cusp of explosive growth in the coming year, including flipped learning, mobilization, personalization and gamification. This infographic from TalentLMS projects the top 10 E-Learning Trends to Follow in 2015.

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The Toxic Culture of Education [VIDEO 17:02]

Joshue Katz contends that we have created a “Toxic Culture of Education” in our country that is damaging students, impacting our economy, and threatening our future. Since the passage of No Child Left Behind, we have embraced a culture of high stakes testing and are perpetuating a false sense of failure in our schools by created by private education interests who have identified a supervillain of its own creation. The solution lies in a common sense approach to student development, curriculum choice, career exploration, and relevant data analysis. This talk will present a vision of an education system that allows us to embrace our full potential if we only had the courage to ask “Why Not”?

Deprogramming Kids From “Doing School” Can Improve Learning


Reposted from MindShift:

One day, Adam Holman decided he was fed up with trying to cram knowledge into the brains of the high school students he taught. They weren’t grasping the physics he was teaching at the level he knew they were capable of, so he decided to change up his teaching style. It wasn’t that his students didn’t care about achieving — he taught at high performing, affluent schools where students knew they needed high grades to get into good colleges. They argued for every point to make sure their grades were as high as possible, but were they learning? “I felt I had to remove all the barriers I could on my end before I could ask my kids to meet me halfway,” Holman said. The first thing he did was move to standards-based grading. He told his students to show him they’d learned the material, it didn’t matter how long it took them.

“The kids realized this made sense,” Holman said. He taught physics and math at Anderson High School in Austin, before moving on to become a vice-principal. His students were mostly well-off, high achievers, and they knew how to play the game to get the grades they needed. But Holman found when he changed the grading policy, students worried about grades less and focused more on working together to understand the material.

“It turned my students into classmates and collaborators because I didn’t have a system in place to deny the collaboration,” Holman said. His students stopped copying homework. There was no curve that guaranteed some kids would be at the bottom. Instead, the class moved at its regular pace, but if a student persisted at a topic until they could show they understood it, Holman would give them credit. “It turned the kids on my side,” Holman said. “I was there to help them learn.”

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Change Leader, Change Thyself


Reposted from the McKinsey Quarterly:

Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, famously wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Tolstoy’s dictum is a useful starting point for any executive engaged in organizational change. After years of collaborating in efforts to advance the practice of leadership and cultural transformation, we’ve become convinced that organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves.

Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. Building self-understanding and then translating it into an organizational context is easier said than done, and getting started is often the hardest part. We hope this article helps leaders who are ready to try and will intrigue those curious to learn more.

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12 Ed Tech Companies To Watch In 2015


Reposted from Forbes:

Education technology, known as EdTech, is taking by storm schools, students and the process of learning across the globe. Tech companies from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv have begun providing solutions to problems ranging from cost efficiency of schools to adaptive learning and global access of high quality education.

EdTech companies are among the most innovative players in the world, and here are 12 companies to watch in 2015 in the space…

This list is presented by Shama Hyder, Founder & CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, an author and keynote speaker. Connect with her via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People [INFOGRAPHIC]

habitsofwealthiestAs we prepare to make resolutions for the new year, do you wonder what the most wealthy and successful do in their daily lives to get ahead? This infographic by NowSourcing shares habits of the world’s wealthy (those who earn more than $160,000 a year and have at least $3.2 million in assets). Need resolution ideas? Bill Gates wakes up early, exercises, reads, and writes a daily to-do list!

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Actualization’s Top Curated Content from 2014

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Launched in May, 2014. I wanted this blog to feature both my original writings plus excellent content from other sources across the public, private and academic sectors. It’s always a pleasure to share blog posts, memes, infographics, video and audio clips that push thinking for human potential professionals! In this post I showcase the top content I curated on Actualization: The Human Potential Project. Rankings are determined by the total number of hits for each post during the calendar year. As a companion post, you can review my top original content here.

Whether this is your opportunity to revisit a favorite posting or have a first glance at something undiscovered, I hope you enjoy the top curated content I selected to share on my blog this past year:

1. I Truly Don’t Think There is Anything You Can Do to Retain Me in Your District… [BLOG POST]
Olivia Chapman wrote this response to DCPS’s question on the Declaration of Intent to Not Return Form for Resigning or Retiring Teachers: “What could we have done to retain you in the district?”

2. What Differentiation Is, And What It Isn’t… [INFOGRAPHIC]
Consider the definition of differentiation, what it is and what it is not, provided in this ASCD infographic from Carol Ann Tomlinson’s “The Differentiated Classroom” 2nd ed. (ASCD, 2014).

3. Seven Challenges Schools Can Work to Overcome [INFOGRAPHIC]
The spring 2014 workshop of Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools generated a set of challenges and solutions that we can all work to implement, presented here in this infographic.

4. Sir Ken Robinson: How is Technology Transforming Education? [VIDEO 2:21]
Today’s students seamlessly incorporate technology into their daily lives. Sir Ken Robinson sees this as the dynamic that is forcing education to completely transform itself starting now.

5. How Kids Use Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]
According to this FashionPlatyes infographic, a full 81 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 use social media (compared to 72 percent of the internet population as a whole).

6. ISTE and the Verizon Foundation Launch Free Mobile Learning Academy for Educators [BLOG POST]
The VMLA will be offered online four times between September 2014 and December 2015. Interested teams can pre-register online.

7. The Question, Waiting to be Answered [VIDEO 1:58]
Google suggests that the crux of the pivotal paradigm shift to which we constantly refer comes down to this: questions, not answers. Once you make the shift, everything else will shift with you.

8. NOT Old School! [VIDEO 10:42]
Educators, students, and architects explore three new elementary schools designed by HMFH Architects for the Concord, NH School District, discussing 21st century learning environments.

9. Six Quick Questions to Determine Technology’s Value [BLOG POST]
Alan November believes SAMR doesn’t provide enough concrete guidance. Many technology projects demonstrate the highest level of SAMR, but November sees them as merely substitution.

10. Seven  Ways to Increase Student Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC]
Reading Hosrizons offers this infographic identifying seven ways you can increase the amount of time that students in your class are engaged in your instruction.

11. What Universities Have In Common With Record Labels [BLOG POST]
Martin Smith contends that the internet’s power to unbundle content sparked a rapid transformation of the music industry, and it’s now doing the same thing for higher education.

12. Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [INFOGRAPHIC]
Always Prepped presents this infographic offering 7 habits of highly effective teachers who use technology. Does this say more about the use of technology or the mindset?

13. You Think You Know What Teachers Do? You’re Wrong [BLOG POST]
Sarah Blaine’s thoughtful piece which contends the problem with teaching as a profession is that every single adult citizen of this country thinks that they know what teachers do. And they don’t.

14. Personalization, Not Standardization [MEME]
Lucas Dredge originally posted this meme on Twitter, which asks “Why are teachers told to differentiate their instruction but standardize their tests?” Good question.

15. Twenty-first Century Classroom Design Cultivates Collaboration [VIDEO 2:56]
There is a new innovation zone in Sakamaki Hall on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus that includes three new classroom spaces—and these are not your mom and dad’s college classrooms.

16. Growth Mindset Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]
Jackie Gerstein developed this Personal Accountability and Reflection checklist of nine questions to promote personal accountability and reflection as students develop their own growth mindset.

17. Gartner: 10 Business & Technology Trends for Education in 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]
Transformation is key and education is the industry that needs the biggest overhaul. Jan-Martin Lowendahl, a Gartner analyst, notes that “more people will need to reskill more often.”

18. Educators and the Growth Mindset [INFOGRAPHIC]
This infographic, comparing fixed and growth mindsets, is created by Jackie Gerstein, and is originally posted on her User Generated Education blog.

19. Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads [BLOG POST]
Tim Butters shares that, while Steve Jobs may have had an instinctive flair for technology, he was in fact a low tech parent who firmly believed in restricting his children’s access to electronic devices.

20. Daniel Pink: We Have a Poverty Problem More Than An Education Problem [VIDEO 3:23]
Daniel Pink shares, “We just happen to have, disgracefully, a heck of a lot of poor kids. The real issue here is what do we do to address these kids we are systematically leaving behind.”

Thank you for a wonderful first year of Actualization! Here’s to continuing these important conversations in the new year!

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Let’s Align Approaches to Learning with the Affordances of the Digital Age [VIDEO 11:54]

Mitch Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, director of its Lifelong Kindergarten research group, and the head of the Scratch Team, shares his insights on the challenges and opportunities of education today. Classrooms have changed, why hasn’t teaching? “New technologies provide us with the opportunity to rethink what we learn, how we learn, where we learn, when we learn, and who we learn with. But too often people aren’t taking advantage of the possibilities of the new technology.” Resnick worries education is too information-centric, that we are holding onto transmission/delivery models of education. Rather, he contends, we need to revisit constructivist principles of building new knowledge through meaningful concrete experiences. Technology allows people to conceive of and design new things, so that people can learn anytime, anyplace with peers and subject matter experts of their choosing.