Self-worth. Engagement. Purpose. These are three signposts on the journey to unlocking student potential, according to Russell Quaglia, president and founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.
Quaglia presented the third general session at the ASCD annual conference in Los Angeles, eliciting a standing ovation at the close of his session: Moving Forward with Our Greatest Resource: The Students or Student Aspirations: The Key to Unlocking Schools Potential.
“We are doing all sorts of cool things going around student voice, but what we haven’t mastered yet is listening,” Quaglia said. “I believe with every ounce of my being that student voice is the instrument of change, but we need to listen.”
“Forty-four percent of students in this country believe they have a voice in decision making. Why is that (number) so low? Because half of the kids in this country don’t think we’re willing to learn from them,” Quaglia said. (read more…)
Sparking change in an organization — classroom, school, school district, state or nation — sometimes can feel like a Sisyphean task, rolling a heavy stone up a hill only for it to roll down before reaching the summit.
Best-selling author Daniel Pink offered educators — gathered for ASCD’s first general session at the 2014 annual conference in Los Angeles — a different lens to view their work as leaders and change makers.
“A big part of what we do as leaders, as teachers, is move people. At some level you’re actually selling things. You’re selling ideas. You’re selling content,” Pink said. “In order for you to be effective, your effectiveness is built on your ability to move people from point A to point B.”
Pink shared with conference attendees six research-based strategies to help lead change.
1. Reduce feelings of power to better understand others’ perspectives. Take time to recalibrate your feelings of power before asking someone to do something. (read more…)
In order to celebrate Digital Learning Day last month, I racked my brain to come up with something that would be both manageable and meaningful for me and my colleagues. The staff where I teach and provide technology coaching spans the spectrum when it comes to technology integration in the classroom.
There are roughly 70 teachers at my site and due to the nature of our campus, student population, master schedule and limited prep time, it is virtually impossible to arrange time for meaningful, authentic collaboration, outside of various mandated monthly meetings. Additionally, our monthly staff meetings are at the end of a long workday and generally filled with administrative news and general housekeeping items, which does not typically promote a captive audience, willing or able to engage in what I think is an amazing classroom tool.
With these challenges in mind, I arranged for three activities that were teacher centered, encourage collaboration, foster a sense of community, are simple enough to be used by technology novices, and highlight technology applications that can be easily used with students in the classroom. (read more…)