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The Current Part III: Agency

“Agency” Defined As. Developed While. Depended On. Driver of…their future! “There’s bound to be rough waters… and I know I’ll take some falls” – Garth Brooks – The River People of all ages love the “lazy river,” and give very little thought to jumping on a raft and floating along with the flow. A lot

The Current Part II: Is that an O.A.R. or a P.A.D.D.L.E.? Both!

In our recent blog post “The Current Context” we discussed the power of investing in “learner navigation skills.” The idea is that like a river, formal learning systems have a “current” that moves the system forward, as well as everyone and everything. The blog noted: As the river current moves a boat down river, a

The Current Part I: The Current Context

The Current Context No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning. – American Indian proverb A river, from the path it takes to the banks it has shaped, is constantly telling a story of the past, the present and a potential future. From the source to the mouth, with

‘Learner Ready’ Part III: The Idea of ‘Leverage’

Learning Strategies Designed for Maximum Learner Advantage The term leverage is defined as “the use of something to maximum advantage,” for example, an organization needs to leverage its key resources. Educational organizations are constantly looking at their existing resources, practices, processes (RPPs) as a way to maximize performance. Yet, performance is now measured beyond traditional

‘Learner Ready’ Part II: Ready or Not…Here Comes Their Future!

Ready? Life Ready? Future Ready? Redefined Ready?… Learning Ready! “3, 2, 1… Ready or not… here I come!” Depending on your “hide and go seek” hiding spot, those words “ready or not” can elicit completely different feelings. In this case, “ready” means you have found a spot to hide, and “not” probably means you are

‘Learner Ready’ Part I: Create Some Space… To Change Your Perspective

Leaders. Thinkers. Learners. Whenever you are in the moment, finding a way to get perspective can be critical to understanding the big picture and determining strategic direction. Throughout the school year, I hope that you find a way to create some “space,” to step back from the work to get a different perspective, to step

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Everywhere we turn we are hearing about grit, perseverance, the importance of failure and mindsets.  As educators, we grab at this stuff.  It is great.  It encapsulates the ideal work we want to do with students – helping grow students into lifelong learners.  When we embrace the Growth Mindset culture for our classrooms and schools,

Can There Really be Meaningful Test Prep?

If you have ever asked yourself the question “Can there really be meaningful test prep?”  The answer is yes!   First, let’s be very specific in mentioning that meaningful test prep is NOT about teaching the test.  Notice, that didn’t say teaching to the test.  Current wisdom would dictate that you design an assessment first, then

The Importance of Local Data Sources

It is summer and we are anxiously awaiting packages with our ACT results and the notification that Forward Reports are on eDirect.  We are wondering when all the state assessment data will be available in WISEdash, when we can download .csv files to get the data into our warehouse.  For all of us data dorks,

Who says you can’t learn from accountability testing results?

What can we learn from assessments when the results come so long after the students have taken the assessment and maybe have even moved on to the next building?  While it is important to remember we are looking in the rearview mirror when looking at accountability assessments, it can provide valuable information about how students