Much of the discussion at the recent uLead conference was on how we lead schools in today’s world. As you can imagine, there was a smorgasbord of opinions that yielded interesting discussion and important insights. The benefit of attending such conferences is that it often provokes and stimulates your own thinking as was the case when … More The predispositions of school leadership
You could say teaching has been a life-long passion for Lyn Sharratt that began with an inspirational teacher in Grade 3. In addition to her numerous publications and her role as Associate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto, Lyn travels to jurisdictions around the world to support, inspire and … More Bluyonder voices podcast #9 – owning the faces
Society is awash with data and so are schools and school systems. The good news is most of this data is available electronically. The gap in terms of our use of data in schools is we have never had an overarching framework which brings structure, clarity and flow to the analysis. While we may have … More Looking at educational data through a sharper lens
I was having a conversation recently about why schools are still largely stuck in an industrial model. It prompted me to look for a book that I haven’t visited in a while but has been seminal in my thinking. ‘Education in the cult of efficiency’ by Raymond E. Callahan may have been published in 1962 … More Education and the cult of efficiency
I spent time revisiting some old podcasts. One of those was Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks in 2006 and 2010. It was particularly striking that he spoke about traditional schooling ‘dislocating people’ from their natural talents. The solution? Create the circumstances for natural talents to flourish by transforming schools into something else. The message is … More If schools kill creativity then why haven’t we transformed?
I’ve written before about the improvement delusion that exists in education and why our relentless focus on improving the current model is not taking us anywhere. That model was designed in an age where information was static, schools were insular and technology companies produced technology. We know that information is no longer static, schools are … More What schools can learn from Apple
Michael Fullan is a name synonymous with leading whole of state/province educational reform. He started out as an academic and has become a prodigious writer and adviser to educational systems and governments around the world. In this episode of bluyonder voices, Michael explains why he loves solving complex educational problems and why the best learning … More Bluyonder voices podcast #7 – solving complex educational problems