ELR14: Wade Kerns on 21st Century Professional Development

Wade Kerns

In your school, is PD a sit-and-get, one-size-fits all experience? Or do you create professional learning opportunities that use technology to differentiate and meet the varying needs of your staff?

In this episode of Eduleadership Radio, Wade Kerns joins me to talk about 21st century professional development. In our discussion, you’ll hear:

  • Why most professional development is disrespectful to teachers
  • How schools are starting to differentiate and modernize their approach to professional learning
  • The tools that empower personalized, powerful professional development
  • How individualized 21st century PD can work in parallel to initiative-based PD for all staff

Eduleadership RadioWade is a middle school administrator in Baltimore County, MD.

His blog, Educational Leadership, Examined, is at WadeSKerns.com.

You can follow Wade on Twitter @WadeSKerns.

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ELR13: Steve Fink & Ann O’Doherty on the Principal Preparation Guarantee

Eduleadership RadioIn this episode of Eduleadership Radio, Steve Fink and Ann O’Doherty join me to discuss a first-of-its kind guarantee for principal preparation.

Steve Fink is Executive Director of the Center for Educational Leadership, part of the University of Washington’s College of Education.

Ann O’Doherty is Director of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program, the principal preparation program at the University of Washington. *

I spoke to Ann and Steve to discuss their new partnership: If a Danforth graduate needs additional support in serving as an effective leader, CEL will provide the necessary professional development at no cost.

In the interview, we discuss how they’re phasing in this guarantee, how they determined what competencies to guarantee, and how principal preparation and on-the-job professional development fit together to create a leadership pipeline for districts and regions.

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* Disclosure: I am an alumnus of the Danforth program, but this was my first time speaking to Ann. In the time since we recorded this interview, Ann has become a member of my dissertation committee.

ELR12: Jason DeRoner on Teacher Observation Tools

Eduleadership RadioIn this episode of Eduleadership Radio, Jason DeRoner, CEO of TeachBoost, joins me to discuss the impact good software can have on school leaders’ ability to provide high-quality feedback.

Let me be blunt: Most apps made specifically for principals are junk, because the developers either aren’t very good, or they don’t understand the work of principals, or both. When I tried TeachBoost, I realized something was different, and I knew I had to talk to the person behind it.

Jason DeRoner photoI had a great time talking with Jason because he deeply understands instructional supervision, and TeachBoost has developed an amazing web-based app that works on a laptop, iPad, smartphone, or just about any other web-enabled device to help principals collect great information in walkthroughs or formal observations.

TeachBoost isn’t cheap, but they do have a free plan that’s worth checking out. You can create a free account here.

In our discussion, Jason and I talk about what school leaders need from their software in order for it to make a positive difference in their work without getting in the way. Whether or not you’re interested in a particular tool, I hope you find this discussion helpful to your thinking about instructional supervision and the way you provide feedback to teachers to support their growth.

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ELR11: Ian Vickers on Teacher Well-Being

Eduleadership RadioIn this episode of Eduleadership Radio, Ian Vickers joins me to discuss how we can take steps to improve teacher well-being in our schools.

Educators are no strangers to hard work—sometimes at the expense of our own health. How can we do great work on behalf of kids, while also taking care of ourselves?

Concerned about teacher stress, burnout, and related health implications, Ian embarked on a year-long campaign to promote health and wellness among his staff at Sancta Maria College in Flatbush, Auckland, NZ.

He found that a series of small steps, which he has compiled into a booklet that he makes freely available, dramatically reduced the illness rate in his school. Ian was kind enough to explain his approach, the strategies, and the results in our conversation.

Ian Vickers photoOver the past year, Ian has shared his teacher well-being initiative with hundreds of principals around New Zealand, and welcomes further interest from around the world.

To contact Ian about his teacher well-being program, you can email him at teacherwellbeingglobal[at]gmail.com.

 
 
 

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Ian adds:

Below is a YouTube video of a Maori song called “He Tangata” by a group called Oceania.

There is a Maori proverb – He aha te mea nui o tea o? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

This roughly translates – What is the most important thing in the world? It’s the people, It’s the people, It’s the people.

The song is saying that people are the most important aspect of our world, town, workplace, and schools.

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