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CENTEGIX
Innovative Technology Deters Disruption and Reclaims Instructional Time

Interruptions during the school day eat away at instructional time in the classroom. According to a recent survey we conducted, 17.5% of U.S. K-12 educators report losing four hours or more of instructional time every week due to disruptive student behavior. This means almost 18 days out of every school year are lost, all while school is in session.

Mon May 27 08:22 PM

change
Strategy Now Focuses On Change

Nothing could be more true for K-12 education than this by a team of seasoned management consultants writing in the MIT Sloan Management Review: A fundamental assumption underlying traditional approaches to strategy is that industry boundaries and economics remain broadly stable over time. This assumption is no longer realistic... Change, not stability, are the key drivers for most organizations today, and that was true even before the triple tectonic shifts of 2020: pandemic, economic disruption, and acceleration of the long battle against social injustice.

Tue May 14 08:39 AM

superbowl
What Super Bowl Commercials Teach Education About Media and Product Literacy

Let’s be honest. Taylor Swift aside, it seems that Super Bowl viewers are divided by those watching the game versus the commercials. And the commercials in this month’s (2024) Super Bowl seemed to bring out more “Stars” than usual: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady, JLo, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Jenna Ortega, Chris Pratt, Addison Rae, Jelly Roll, Judge Judy, Ice Spice, Lionel Messi, Kate McKinnon, Vince Vaughn, Quinta Brunson, Wayne Gretzky, Christopher Walken, and more.

Tue Feb 27 08:50 AM

2024
Look Ahead 2024!

For those of us who have had the privilege to serve, we know that leadership is far more than a designated position or title. We clearly recognize that effective leadership also entails its own unique set of challenges, some universal and others unique to specific roles, responsibilities, and work environments. These emerging and presenting challenges can be both highly complex and numerous, requiring a healthy perspective, perseverance under pressure and ultimately the sheer courage to lead!

Wed Jan 17 09:22 AM

Three Truths
Three Truths for the Future of Education

We are living through an inflection point— a wake-up call, a call that has the potential to bring about a fundamental reordering and rebuilding of the entire education system. In the third decade of the twenty-first century, it is reasonable to expect that all children should have free access to a system of learning that is grounded in the latest research for how human beings learn, grow, and thrive, and one that mirrors, honors, and nurtures all children. It is also reasonable to expect that all adults within that system of learning are provided the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive as the mission driven professionals they are.

Tue Nov 07 12:52 PM

Twelve Critical Components for (Continuous) School, Staff, and Student Improvement: Motivation Cannot Compensate for a System with Systemic Deficits
Twelve Critical Components for (Continuous) School, Staff, and Student Improvement: Motivation Cannot Compensate for a System with Systemic Deficits

While I love to celebrate the successes attained by the students, staff, and schools that I work with as a consultant, part of my job is to focus on the “half-empty” glasses, facilitating the processes needed to “fill them to the top.”

Tue Sep 26 09:21 AM

new way
Our World Needs a New Taxonomy of Learning Imperatives

As we get ready for the new school year, I want to share this with you in case you did not see it at the beginning of summer. I won’t re-state my argument here; just click through to this article that I published in June via Next Gen Learning Challenge. The big question that I hope you will ponder: Might it be time to refresh education around a taxonomy that addresses today’s hurdles and biggest learning challenges? Should we not retire what was, in essence, the taxonomy of the Industrial Age learning imperatives... With one that addresses the realities of today and tomorrow?

Mon Aug 28 08:08 PM

WGI
THE ALABAMA SCHOOL GRANT CONSORTIA PROGRAM An Innovative Program Announcement

The Alabama School Grant Consortia Program is a partnership between the Alabama Association of School Boards, the Winning Grants Institute, and The University of Alabama Center for Community-Based Partnerships. The program is based on a concept model that has demonstrated highly successful outcomes in a multiyear delivery system. The program facilitator is David G. Bauer, acclaimed author and grants trainer.

Tue Aug 15 09:41 AM

Civility
Designing For Civility

A key takeaway from Wisdom Road is not a surprise: America has seen a dramatic loss of civil discourse in the last decade. The skills and practice of civility itself have become endangered by a toxic stew of political, social, and opinion-masquerading-as-news media. I believe that the very foundations of our democratic society are rooted in civility. Without the ability to be human with each other, not through digital interfaces, but face-to-face with others with whom we may have significant disagreements, the system is destined to fail.

Tue Jul 18 08:35 AM

The Winning Grants Institute
The Winning Grants Strategy & Process

Giving USA 2023: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2022 has just been released and the latest data on charitable giving is exciting. It is important that school districts throughout Alabama know these grant facts so that they can develop successful strategies to tap these remarkable sources of funds that never need to be repaid. Alabama school districts need to rid themselves of the notion that grant seeking is too much work and that failure is a given no matter what.

Tue Jun 27 08:32 AM

CHANGE
Leading Change: What Will You STOP Doing in the Year Ahead?

By: Julie Jungalwala (formerly Wilson), Recognized Thought Leader and Akribos Guest Contributor The summer professional development season is upon us and I have been enjoying working with several schools as they continue the work of translating their pedagogical and curricular vision into reality. A key part of this work is deciding on the work to be done - all while holding it lightly and with a spirit of iteration. During these conversations, we typically add things to be done - very rarely do we discuss what we might stop doing. A helpful exercise I often facilitate is called KEEP/STOP/ START. Try it with yourself and your team and commit to the changes that emerge :)

Tue May 09 08:51 AM

Leadership Qualitites
Becoming The Leader Your School Needs

You’re still celebrating being named to a new leadership role in your district and you’re ready to get to work and move your school(s) forward … now is the time to consider your strengths and weaknesses carefully and to introspectively analyze your leadership style.

Tue Apr 18 09:03 AM

The Winning Grants Institute
The Winning Grants Institute

Grant dollars have always been available for K-12, but I would submit that we are seeing a record amount of grant dollars being announced by multiple funding sources. What problem or challenge would you solve if you had the money? Those funds are likely available in the form of a grant.

Wed Apr 05 09:29 AM

Team
TEAMS AND THEIR VALUE IN EDUCATION

Team building is an essential component in industry and in education. Teams offer a systematic structure to address prevent and solve many of the problems we face in education today that are too difficult for one person or one group to solve.

Tue Mar 21 12:05 PM

So What Now What
"So What Now What"

A flashback from Dr. Kevin Elko, Guest Contributor

Tue Feb 28 08:15 AM

Smart Staffing for Special Education
SMART STAFFING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

School districts around the nation are faced with the challenge of finding sufficient qualified staff to fill all the positions needed to serve students with disabilities well; therefore, staffing must be strategic and data-driven in order to deliver needed services effectively and efficiently. Additionally, staffing represents the largest portion of any school district’s budget therefore determining staffing needs is a critical function in any school district. The level of service students with disabilities need should be the driver for special education staffing and NOT the programs available. Service needs are determined by IEP teams and measured by minutes of service needed for students to make progress toward meeting their IEP goals. It is important that district leaders have a means to extract total minutes of service, as determined in student IEPs, per school in order to determine campus staffing needs and to ensure student IEPs are implemented with fidelity.

Tue Feb 14 08:06 AM

Civility
Civility: The Overlooked But Most Important 21st Century Skill?

For more than two decades, forward-leaning educators have focused on a set of skills that for some reason all started with the letter “C”: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, etc. I want to add another “C” to that list, one, I would argue, that will be more important to the world going forward than all the rest. Civility. If we don’t get this one right, we may not have a framework in which the others will bear fruit.

Tue Jan 31 08:30 AM

Are You Ready?
ARE YOU READY?

In our world of uncertainty, especially for superintendents, there is one thing we can rely on: it is not a matter of if a crisis will occur, but when. A recent stint as an interim superintendent served as a reminder that the job has a unique set of challenges and adequate preparation is essential.

Tue Jan 17 07:55 AM

reflection
Reflecting on My 50th High School Reunion and What I’ve Learned About Life and Life in Education

Five years ago, I attended my 45th high school reunion and reflected in my Blog about how the interpersonal and student-focused dynamics of high schools in the early 1970s were similar and different from the high schools I worked in—at that time—in 2017. Today, I attended my 50th high school reunion, and it is striking what has happened in our country and across the world over the past five years. And while I will detail some of that history in a poem below, let’s recognize that every generation feels that it is unique, and that it contributed something essential to American history and our social fabric.

Mon Oct 17 09:26 PM