TEDx NYED – 2011

On Saturday, March 5, TEDx NYED will take place in at the New York Academy of Science. For me, last year’s TEDx NYED was probably one of the best professional development experiences I’ve had in a long time. I’m very much looking forward to hearing from voices I’m familiar with – Alan November, Gary Stager and Heidi Hayes Jacobs. I’m also looking forward to speakers I’m not too familiar with.

The day starts at 10:00 AM and will be streamed live. Make the time and tune in online and follow the tag on twitter #tedxnyed.

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Mental Complexity

I have been working my way through Kegan and Lahey’s Immunity to Change and think it is an important construct for us school leaders to wrap our collective heads around.

Plateaus of Mental Complexity (Kegan and Lahey, 2009. Immunity to Change. p.16.)

Plateaus of Mental ComplexityMental complexity can change over the course of the lifespan and generally gets more complex.

  • Socialized Mind – How do I get on the bus? What is everyone else doing? OK…I’ll do that.
  • Self-Authoring Mind – How do I get on the bus, and in the driver’s seat? It’s my map, and I’m going to get us there. I’m tied to my frame of reference.
  • Self-Transforming Mind – How do I get in the driver’s seat, but remain open to the possibilities of a changing map? I’m not tied to my frame of reference. I can step back and see other possibilities.

The reality today: “…we are asking more and more workers who could once perform their work successfully with socialized minds – good soldiers – to shift to self-authoring minds. And we are asking more and more leaders who could once lead successfully with self-authoring minds – sure and certain captains – to develop self-transforming minds. In short, we are asking for a quantum shift in individual mental complexity across the board” (Keegan & Lahey, 2009, p. 27)

As a leader, locate yourself in this paradigm. Where are you? What evidence leads you to believe this? What are your stories? Do we see the construct of mental complexity relevant to others you see work in leadership roles? What is the evidence? What are your stories? Do the leaders we label as “effective” – leaders bringing about a more progressive model of learning and challenging the status quo in their work context – tend to be self-transforming? What is the evidence? Did we have, or even need, self-transforming leaders, say, 30 years ago? Can school leaders today be effective with only a self-authoring mindset? How could this model make a difference in your leadership?

So how to we reach our goal of the self-transforming mindset? If we had more of these kinds of leaders in educational positions, would our system change? How?

PETE & C 2011

I sometimes wonder whether the traditional conference format – presenter at the front of the room dishing out loads of information to eager, yet passive, session attendees – works in this day in age. While I certainly struggle in most of these kinds of presentations, I was able to gather some useful information related to the initiatives I am involved in at school. With this post, I share some of the resources I learned about while at PETE&C this year. The focus of this post is on sharing the resources with limited to no commentary on the various presentations.

Session: iPadding the Road to Success for All Learners

  • iPad2Educate wiki – This resource contains links to applications the presenters and participants evaluated in almost all content areas. The wiki also contains information on how to set up an iTunes account, what peripherals are available for the iPad, how to go about evaluating apps, how to manage apps through the volume purchasing program, how to manage accounts using the iPhone Configuration Uitility, using Pages to develop ePub formatted documents, and
  • iPad2Educate Diigo group – There are several iPad in education type groups on Diigo, but this specific group is associated with the PETE&C presentation.

Session: How to Develop Mobile Apps for the Classroom

  • Presentation by Ray Pastore – The early part of the presentation asks the questions: What is mLearning? Why use mobile devices in education? How is mLearning be used in education? The remainder of the presentation focuses on creating apps for the Android using Google’s App Inventor. Note: The App Inventor tool will work at developing apps only for Android, not for iPod, iPhone or iPad. That being said, the tool is still a valuable way to introduce students to programming apps.

Session: Edmodo: An Online Classroom Platform for Free

  • Edmodo: Online Classrooms Made Easy wiki – This session demonstrated and provided the ins and outs of a tool that could be described as the Facebook of education. Here is a good overview video to learn more about Edmodo. While this was a good introduction to the tool, I wanted to see what the presenter was actually doing with students in the classroom.

Session: iPad: Personalizing Learning, Creating and Sharing

Session: Panel Discussion – Future Focus

  • Consisting of Joyce Valenza, Steve Hargadon and Vicki Davis, the discussion focused on some of the most interesting and innovative ideas in education reform. Unfortunately, there never seems to be enough talk about how we do these things in a one-hour session.

Session: How Educational Leaders Keep Their Edge

Session: The Profound Impact of Technology in Schools

  • Wiki. The Woodland Hills School District created a technology-focused academy within their school district.

Session: Deploying iPad and iOS in Education

  • Wiki – Useful resources on the management of iPads in education.

Session: Apple’s Blended Learning Environment

  • Wiki – More information on using the ePub format.

Session: Passport to the Best Educational Ideas in the World

  • Link to Handout – Gary Stager is one of the most call-it-like-it-is thinkers in education. This presentation focused on the possibilities of creating truly authentic learning experiences. What I like most about Gary’s presentations is that the tools and toys take a back seat to the 36,000 foot thinking backed by real-world examples of what can be done. Here is a link Gary shared to other resources on his web site.

ISTE 2011 Presentation

The ISTE Conference, being held in Philadelphia this year, has gone live with their program database. I’ll be involved in a roundtable presentation of the research from my dissertation.

Title: Education in the 21st Century: A New Frame of Leadership

Description: This research proposes strategies for school leaders to acquire new knowledge, skills, and dispositions for leading effectively in a technology-rich, networked world.

The roundtable will take place on Monday, June 27 @ 11:00 AM.

I’m looking forward to this opportunity to share my research and learn from others interested in school leadership for the 21st century.

iSchool – New York City

A blog post at the Innovative Educator was an inspiring read. It made me want to learn more about the iSchool project.

The last sentence from the post:”They (teachers and students) truly must believe that this way of non-traditional teaching is the best possible prescription for students’ achievement and success.” In the design of the school, they focused on rethinking every assumption about “this is how high school is done.” Why can’t/won’t more schools do this?

What values and beliefs are we willing to modify or even surrender to make change possible in our schools? And, as important, how will we lead others there? I still contend that as long as we continue to value the same things about education we always have, change will be slow, superficial or non existent. Thoughts?

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