iLEAD in San Antonio
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.
I had a great trip to San Antonio. It was fun hanging out with Miguel Friday afternoon and evening. As you can see, we are not above making idiots of ourselves (one thing to know about Miguel: he has no qualms about only asking for one sombrero (for you, of course)). Like all good outside consultants should, I helped Miguel and his team move their office by lugging boxes and I got to see their new digs next to the Curriculum and Instruction department. Miguel has a great team: a shout-out to Sue, Sylvia, Josie, and the rest of the folks I met (Malinda, that means you!).
On the more serious side, Miguel videoed my opening keynote for iLEAD and also recorded my breakout session conversation about administrator blogs. Maybe he'll post one or both on his blog. All of my materials from my visit are available at my SAISD web page. The very best part of the trip was our ongoing discussion about how to facilitate change from an informal leadership position (i.e., one without much authority or power) within a large, complex, hierarchical, bureaucratic urban school district. I hope that I gave Miguel some productive food for thought. I know that I came away from the trip with a number of takeaways that hopefully will bear some fruit over the next month or two.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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