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“Globalization and technology are accelerating both job creation and destruction. Some estimates have put the risk of automation as high as half of current jobs, while others forecast a considerably lower value of 9%. Still, all occupations will go through change: we found that on average one-third of the skillsets required to perform today’s jobs will be wholly new by 2020.”
Here are the highlights of the Common Vision.
1. Transform education ecosystems. .
2. Facilitate the transition to a new world of work.
3. Advance the care economy.
Read the article for the details! You will not be disappointed.
Image is borrowed from the article.
Here is the introduction to the article…
“Talk about delayed gratification. Rather than a two-minute wait for a marshmallow, we try to convince kids that 10 years from now they’ll need a particular skill to get a job. That may work for some, but it’s a pretty weak incentive.
The importance of social emotional learning (SEL) — the ability to manage yourself, to collaborate with others and make good decisions — is widely recognized as key to success in life. But it’s not just about what students are preparing for it’s who they are becoming as people. It’s about being a better learner, team member, contributor, and friend tomorrow than you were today.”
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Cory Turner writes “Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All” after talking with Mark Greenberg, a professor of human development and psychology at Penn State via NPR.
“Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That’s on par with nurses and physicians. And roughly half of teachers agree with this statement: “The stress and disappointments involved in teaching at this school aren’t really worth it.”
It’s a problem for all of us — not just these unhappy teachers.
Here’s why: “Between 30 and 40 percent of teachers leave the profession in their first five years,” says Mark Greenberg, a professor of human development and psychology at Penn State.”
I LOVE the scheduling process. It is a challenge and a fun puzzle that I enjoyed being a part of during my time in education. We had the old school “whiteboard” mentality when it came for building the master schedule, and then we scheduled students 1 at a time, by hand! We had a small population but we did not trust the scheduler to customize the schedule with the best interest of the school, students, AND teachers in mind.
I recently read an article by Katrina Schwartz that sparked my interest in how a school’s master schedule can foster growth and change. The power of the master schedule cannot be underestimated and it is often overlooked. I see this ALL the time in demonstrations where people quickly point the finger to those who are responsible! You know what I mean. It is similar to when someone brings up state regulatory reporting and everyone defers to the few people who deal with it on a daily basis! The master schedule is much more than a laboring, tedious project.
“The master schedule is to a school, what grading policies are to teachers and classrooms. It reveals the true beliefs, attitudes, values, and priorities of the school. The school’s master schedule is looking at an MRI of the inner workings of a school. It is the window to the soul of the school.”
“The Master Schedule: A Culture Indicator.” – NASSP
Chew on that thought for a moment. (No really, think about it for a minute or two!) The quote takes all that finger pointing that I described above and turns the finger to yourself. Yes, a few people might lay the master schedule out, but it takes all stakeholders involved to fulfill it and satisfy the main objective: giving students every opportunity to discover their love, passion for learning while providing them all the experiences they need to prepare them for their future.
3 Tips to Prepare Yourself for Scheduling Season:
So who is ready to embark on a journey for change at your school, district, or campus? Remember, this cannot happen overnight and that this is a project that can easily take a year or more, but why not start now!?
Get your group of advisors together, discuss your vision, analyze your course catalog, find advocates for change in your district, get your messaging straight, and find a program that fits your scheduling needs and let’s rediscover (Insert your district name here)! Good luck and best wishes!
Here is a video that highlights how Henry County School in Georgia is doing this very thing.
Internships is something that I was never lucky enough to experience in high school but have worked at 2 high schools that offered them and they are GREAT! I would love to see more schools go to this model because it teaches our children so many things.
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Here are their 10 but you know the drill… you have to check the article for the details!
Who better to learn from than your peers?! “Superintendents: The lessons we learned in 2016” is brought to us by Stephen Wood with eSchoolNews.
He interviews and shares valuable takeaways from 4 Superintendents over the past year. Here is a list of the Superintendents, check the article for all the details!
He is doing a 3 part series and I will be sure to share all 3 on the website!
Here is the list but check out the post for all of the details!
The storm is the looming teacher shortage.
Annette Christiansen hits the nail on the head, several times, in this power post via EdWeekTeacher. She discusses her sons journey to being an education major and how he was born to be a teacher but explored several other paths before finally “settling” on education. I hate to say settle but that is the truth in today’s world. The profession does not carry the respect, honor, and salary that it deserves.
As a former teacher her story resonates with me because I always felt I was born to be a teacher and I did not hesitate to go to college to be one. I have since left education because I felt a calling to impact education in a different way.
Here are some things that she highlights to help prepare us for this inevitable challenge.
Get involved with teacher-preparation programs.
Promote and support new teachers.
Shape our future through ESSA.