By Daniel Ajerman on April 16th, 2015 | Comment on this post

Kids laughingDuring April, SmartBlog on Education will shine a light on educating the whole child. In this blog post, we learn about the role mentoring plays in supporting students’ social, emotional and physical needs.

In my long career as an educator, I have participated in numerous collaborative projects with other teachers and their students. I have found that these collaborative, mentorship-type opportunities educate participants in a way that goes far beyond just academic success. As educators, it’s our role to work with each student to not only guide them down their intellectual path, but also to help them progress socially, emotionally and physically. One way to accomplish this is through in-school, cross-grade mentorships.

After joining the faculty of Léman Manhattan last year as the Science Department chair, I soon implemented the Little Einsteins program, a unique partnership between lower and upper school students. As an International Baccalaureate school, we strive to develop the “whole child” — students who are principled, open-minded, knowledgeable, caring, balanced and reflective critical-thinkers and communicators.…

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By Mark Miller on April 16th, 2015 | Comment on this post

Growing leaders grow organizations! This is something I’ve talked about and written about for many years, but my emphasis has been almost exclusively on the “growing leaders” part of the phrase. In recent years, my passion for helping leaders has not waned, but I have new energy for helping leaders “grow organizations.”

If your focus, like mine, has been on helping individual leaders grow, congratulations! You may be perfectly positioned to take your organization to the next level. Personal leadership capacity is a prerequisite for growing organizations, but the strongest leaders alone cannot do what a strong organization can do. The collective force of scores, hundreds, even thousands of people working together can accomplish and sustain remarkable results.

Several years ago, I had the privilege to lead a team to explore what growing, vibrant, healthy organizations look like, and more importantly, what makes them so powerful. After a multi-year exploration and scores of conversations with leaders of amazing organizations, our team reached four primary conclusions.…

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By on April 15th, 2015 | Comment on this post

Mobile devices are taking education back to square one, according to Mark Riley, instructional technology coordinator for the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. Riley presented “Designing for Mobile Learning in a Smartphone and App-based World” at last week’s CT Forum in Long Beach, CA.

“Everything we base education off of is from people who didn’t own smartphones,” asserted Riley, referencing education forefathers Plato and John Dewey. “They didn’t have smartphones or tablets. If they did, what they said would be different from what they wrote in those books.”

More than anything, mobile learning means teachers can extend learning beyond academic subject matter and allow students to develop real-world skills. “These are the skills we want our students to leave college with,” said Riley. “Social skills, being able to work as a team, solve problems as a team. We’ve always had trouble teaching those skills.”

So where do faculty start?…

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By Young Entrepreneur Council on April 15th, 2015 | Comment on this post

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.

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Q. What is one quality of a great COO?

yec_Anthony Johnson1. OCD-level task management

The world is full of terrible task managers. Task management accountability comes from above. If an entry-level employee forgets a task, his manager catches it. If management forgets, the next person does and so on. But the COO is the last line of defense. Companies can crumble if one wrong task gets past the COO. Would you bet your company on your COO never forgetting a task? You just might be. — Anthony Johnson, American Injury Attorney Group

yec_Kelly azevedo 22. Obsessive organization

Tracking projects, tasks, team launches and so much more requires incredible organization skills.…

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By Naphtali Hoff on April 15th, 2015 | Comment on this post

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” — H. P. Lovecraft

A handful of community leaders approached me about halfway through my first year as school leader. Some teachers — particularly the tenured vets — were concerned with certain aspects of my leadership style and were starting to vent to board members and other people of influence. After hearing these people out, I asked them what most people in a similar situation would want to know. “Why aren’t they coming to me with this?” I was told that they were afraid of losing their jobs.

To be honest, I found their response hard to accept. I knew that not everything had gone smoothly over the first few months on the job (there was SO much to learn and understand!) and I also wasn’t the one to whom they offered their allegiances (I had not hired and then rehired them year over year).…

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