Change Week introduction
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Change. It's inevitable. It happens whether we want
it to or not. But sometimes we embrace it with open arms and sometimes it drags
us kicking and screaming...
Many have commented that schools look much like they did 100 years ago.
Countless edubloggers have expressed frustration about those 'educators that
won't change' or, worse, 'get in the way of those who do want change.' But most
folks don't ground their concerns in any kind of actionable framework or mental
model about how change occurs (or doesn't).
So this week I'm going to write about change. I'm a school leadership
professor. We talk a lot about change. How to facilitate good change. How to
avoid bad change. How to think about change.
Those of you who are longtime readers know that I like to try and keep it
fairly practical. So don't expect any long-winded academic treatises from me on
school change and reform. Instead, each day this week I'll share a change
framework, a quote, a diagram, and a suggested reading. All are resources that
I've found interesting and useful as I think about facilitating positive change
in K-12 schools. Hopefully you'll find them helpful as well. Finally, there's a poll on the left that I hope will interest many of you.
On with the show.
It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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