Leading from Calm: How technology can support leader wellbeing

In most learning environments, the Principal or Head Teacher/ Lead Teacher is the cultural compass and it is through the lived expression of their values that they shape the culture of the workplace.

Is your school happy?

Are you happy?

Like strands of DNA, these are interconnected and interdependent.

 

Is your school flourishing or well managed?

The well leader, leads well and promotes wellness.

A school may have all the factors of success in place, a solid research-driven strategic plan, rigorous professional learning programs, well maintained facilities, healthy accounts, well considered structures, policies and processes and yet….it may be ‘just a workplace’, in a sense, it may not have ‘life’, it may not ‘flourish’….it could be argues that this is an example of a well-managed school.

Leadership is a tough gig because it has an emotional toil and the responsibility is enormous….however, these are the same reasons why it is such a wonderful privilege to lead a flourishing school.

Where deep leadership begins….within a calm place

An internet search will point to the problem here.

School leaders are asked to lead community wellness, support educator wellness, address health and wellbeing of students but rarely to consider, plan and promote their own wellbeing as strategy for sustainable whole school improvement.

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Lever technology to improve leader wellbeing

Sure, technology can be accused of being the very thing that erodes leaders time with responding to emails sitting high on the list. Technology can also provide some solution to very problems it is perceived to have created.

 

Schedule Calm

Download this app (note: I have no affiliation with this APP…it just works on Apple/ Android and desktops)

calm.com

As soon as you open you will feel calm.

  • Explore the guided breathing tool.
  • Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation
  • Having trouble sleeping? Meditative bed time stories might helpto

Best of all, you can (and should) set a mindfulness reminder to help you practice mindfulness daily.

Or use the app before or after high stress situations.

What a powerful cultural leadership activity this could be….the leader, investing time daily to be intentionally calm and focused.

Stay tuned!

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Leader Voices: Overcoming Resistance To Change

How to leaders at different career stages respond to some of the most common leadership scenarios? In this series of interviews I conducted a couple of years ago, I capture the leadership voices and seek their insights.

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Let’s get PERSONAL about PERSONALISED LEARNING

 personalised learning (full report)

This is just one picture of personalized learning — an approach to education that ties learning to an individual student’s strengths, weaknesses and interests; that often lets the student work at his or her own pace, and, where possible, allows students to direct their own lessons

In the 2013 survey commissioned for this Special Report, out of 120 K-20 education officials, 63 percent said creating a personalized learning environment was a top priority for their education institution.

For the purposes of this special report, the definition of personalized learning is: the tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments to meet the needs and aspirations of individual learners, typically with the support of technology.

Rank the benefits of personalized learning, increased student engagement was by far the top benefit, chosen by 69 percent of respondents. Other advantages include greater student retention (39 percent), improved test scores (28 percent), higher grades (22 percent) and better attendance (22 percent).

TOP technologies fostering the shift to personalized instruction

  • Mobile devices
  • Digital contents including Adaptive software

Educational software is being transformed by the advent of adaptive learning technologies — programs that capture everything a student does, including scores, speed and accuracy, delays, lags, drop-offs and keystrokes. These formative assessments are collected by the program and then used to customize learning on the fly, giving students new tasks based on results, interests and learning style

  • Video Conferencing, Lecture Capture and Screencasts
    • Projectors, Interactive Whiteboards and Smart Tables
      • Students explaining Something to other Students is very powerful; they Prefer to hear it from a Peer versus an adult and learn at a much deeper level When asked to present.” joanna antoniou, technology coordinator, lincoln middle School, n.J.
      • Facebook pages for their Students to communicate .and txt messages
  • Feedback Systems …
  • Modules to Manage Student Data
    • New forms of data analytics can help break down data silos, integrating social welfare data, health information and test scores, for instance. Contacts can be made on a selected, filtered basis, with email, snail mail or texts sent to just the affected students and their families.
  • Campus Management Systems (LMS)
    • At the post-secondary level, most institutions use LMSs that have built-in analytics to show how students are progressing. If assessments are included in the LMS, the instructor can gauge where students are and use this data in the classroom to group students together and detect patterns
  • Data Analytics and Dashboard
    • New Media Consortium’s 2013 Horizon Report on trends in higher education warns: “The biggest barrier to personalized learning is that scientific, data-driven approaches to effectively facilitate personalization have only recently begun to emerge; learning analytics, for example, is still in the very nascent stage of implementation and adoption within higher education.”27
    • Indeed, data analytics software is critical to the implementation of personalized learning — providing instructors know how to use it. “The software piece gives us a little more hard data, so immediately you can see what the students are doing,” says Cleveland Elementary’s Cynthia White. “You can see how long the students are spending on the program and if they are engaged. You can tell when they signed in and out and what they did.” For busy teachers in a classroom, this is important information, since they can’t watch each child during an entire class session.
    • It’s also key for teachers to know if a student is only staying in a favorite online corner of a program, completing activities he or she is comfortable with, says White. If this happens, teachers can set up restrictions so students are required to choose a variety of program activities.
    • A user-friendly dashboard helps instructors interpret and act on the data they are receiving. One dashboard on the market today lets them see everything students are doing remotely across all applications, along with their data, which helps in student consultations and lesson planning. “Data is one of the biggest benefits of technology because you can instantly look and see where the gaps are. In the past it took a bit of work for the teacher to see what students were missing,” says John Logan, vice president of curriculum product innovation for Florida Virtual School. “Now you can see that on this benchmark, they haven’t quite got the mastery they need. I think data is going to be a huge part of learning in the future, both in brick-and mortar classrooms and virtual classroom

Why School Leaders should CONNECT through Social Media

Video

What can I say about Eric Sheninger? His list of accomplishments and awards would take up my entire BLOG! Read about this inspirational thinker here http://www.ericsheninger.com/
In this recorded webinar, I ask Eric to talk about the experiences of leading learning in challenging contexts with a focus on the role of social media.
You will be as inspired as I was. Eric is returning for a fresh webinar in the new year. Find out all the details in 2014 at http://www.palnet.edu.au Look for EVENTS
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Complete list of the webinars I have facilitated.

I coordinate a professional webinar series for Principals Australia Institute and we make the recordings accessible for educators. You may need to register (no cost) with PALNET, the online community for educators that I lead. Palnet has over 3,300 members and provides incredible free tools.

Note: Some of these recordings stream live from BlackBoard Collaborate and may require a java update.

Eurovision of Education

This Friday I am hosting a webinar titled ‘A Eurovision of Education’. Three wonderful educators from Finland, Norway and Finland will be live on-line discussing how their systems operate, the impact of implementation of national curriculum and fielding questions around managing diversity.
Go to http://www.palnet.edu.au, register for FREE and look for EVENTS.

Looking forward to your involvement and please share with colleagues.

http://www.palnet.edu.au

21st Century Student Expectations

Here’s a good reason for educators to visit www.sparvell.com – feedback from an amazing US educator ,Bob Feurer.

‎”Mark , I’ve been invited to the Governor’s mansion this month to discuss our P-16 Inititiative, whose goal it is to improve learning for all students in Nebraska. Your content on this page has provided me with information to present at that conference! Thank You!!!!”

Thanks Bob

and………

Here’s the latest BIG QUESTION for you!

We hear an awful lot about 21st Century Skills that academics, business and educators consider to be essential and I’m not suggesting they are not.

But

What do STUDENTS expect from a education service delivery that will prepare them for future learning, employment and active citizenship?