How Do We Evaluate School Leaders? What Does the Research Say?

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Dr. Toby Travis, Headmaster and leadership consultant, talks about the effective methods of evaluating school leaders, focusing on the research.

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Toby Travis

Headmaster – Arizona

Dr. Toby A. Travis serves as the Headmaster of Desert Christian Schools in Tucson, Arizona (https://www.desertchristian.org/). Previous school leadership roles include Head of School at Colegio Menor (http://colegiomenor.edu.ec/en/campus/samborondon/) and Academic Director at the Alliance Academy International (http://www.alliance.k12.ec/). He is the creator of the TrustED 360 School Leadership Assessment (https://trustedschoolleader.com/trusted/training/trusted-assessments/), which provides the foundational data for the TrustED School Leadership Training modules (https://trustedschoolleader.com/trusted/training/).

Dr. Travis also serves as an Executive Consultant with the Global School Consulting Group (https://globalscg.org/). As a consultant, trainer, and presenter, he has assisted schools and universities throughout the USA, as well as in Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Wales, Poland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Paraguay, Haiti, and Ecuador. In every setting, he endeavors to inspire and develop stronger research-based strategies for trusted leadership – so that schools are able to authentically and effectively accomplish their unique missions.

Learn more at the TrustED School Leader Blog: https://trustedschoolleader.com/.

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Perfect Can Paralyze You

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You feel like it has to be perfect. So, you don’t finish. Sometimes you don’t even start. You’re not going to write down a goal if you don’t think you have the time to do it perfectly right now. So, instead of just losing five pounds in the next two months, you decide you’ll diet later and so you gain.

Perfect can paralyze you. It can keep you from making progress. It can keep you from starting. And if you don’t start, you can’t finish.

Aiming for excellence is great. Let’s do our best. But let’s don’t live lives devoid of any accomplishment because perfection was our goal instead of setting a goal and making forward progress.

The cemetery is full of people who had perfect plans. Perfect books that were never written. Perfect movies that were never shot. Perfect lesson plans that were never taught. And all those perfect thoughts died with the person without being done.

It seems to me an admirable goal done pretty well is better than a perfect goal that died and never saw the light of day.

Take this post for example. I’ve been struggling to write blog posts lately because I thought I had to write 750 words every time I write. I don’t.

The last 50 days, I have lots of perfect posts I wrote in my head and never made it out here. I think aiming for a couple of hundred words of well-thought out ponderings is better than 1,000 words of perfection that were never published.

Are you letting a false dream of perfection become your perfect straight jacket? Can you back off on your personal expectations and actually get something done that is important to you?

Makes perfect sense to me.

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No 1:1 devices? You can be an awesome tech using school anyway!

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Gail Charnick and her teachers are using a variety of technologies and showing that you don’t have to be 1 to 1 to be leading edge.

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Gail Charnick

IT Coach – Virginia

I have been an Instructional Technology Coach in Prince William County, Virginia for the past 15 years. I am ISTE-T Certified, an avid user of Microsoft 365 products, and a Tech4Learning Innovative Educator.

I co-plan, co-teach, and collaborate with teachers to develop technology-enhanced lessons within the blended learning model in classrooms.  I also provide professional development for my school and the county.

Gail Charnick Virginia

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Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers

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Dyane Smokorowski talks about Virtual Valentines, the Awesome Squiggles Project, and a fun trip with teachers to the San Diego Zoo this summer. Now is the time to sign up for Virtual Valentines where you’ll be paired with a classroom in another part of the world. You’ll exchange Valentines and learn geography! Then, the simple Awesome Squiggles Project gives students a mindful collaborative art project to do during the standardized testing season that will help them relax and refocus. Finally, Dyane (also know as Mrs. Smoke) will share with us a fun trip that she and 40 teachers will be taking to the San Diego Zoo this summer.

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Dyane Smokorowski

Instructional Technology Coach

Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools.

Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation.

Her 17-year passion for global collaboration has led Mrs. Smoke to design over 75 projects for teachers and students around the world. She wants her students to develop a love for culture, communication and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own future, as well as that of the global community.

Dyane Smokorowski Virtual Valentines

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How to Motivate Teachers to Change

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Motivating change in ourselves and others can be challenging but it can be done. Join Joy Kirr, 7th grade ELA Teacher, with surprising insight on why teachers really change!

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Joy has previously appeared on another podcast with me in 2013, however, it has been way too long! I appreciate her reflecting on change in today’s show as she shares about her own learning journey.

Joy Kirr – Bio as Submitted

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Joy Kirr

7th Grade ELA Teacher

Joy Kirr is the author of the book Shift This! How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom, but she is a 7th grade ELA teacher first.

She’s in her 24th year of teaching, and it is truly her passion. As she does not have children of her own, every year she takes her 90 12-year-olds under her wing. Joy is passionate about students owning their own learning and has even gone so far as to be the first at her school to try learning without using marks.

She enjoys being known as a “Genius Hour Evangelist,” and is grateful for how her students have stepped up their learning while giving and receiving feedback in lieu of grades.

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