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The big jobs of small-town principals
Rural school leaders have some of the most complex roles in education — and some of the highest attrition
by CAROLINE PRESTON December 6, 2018
The big jobs of small-town principals
Rural school leaders have some of the most complex, multifaceted jobs in education. They also have some of the highest turnover. Half of all new principals quit their jobs within three years, according to a 2014 study. A national survey released in July found that principals in rural school districts are even less likely than their urban and suburban counterparts to stay at their school the following year and more likely to leave the profession altogether. The schools they preside over, meanwhile, often struggle with persistent poverty, low college-going rates and extreme racial disparities in student outcomes.
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Plamen Miltenoff was selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board (ERB) for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJITLHE).
“Your term as a board member starts January 2019 and you will be expected to review up to 4 articles a year for the next 2 years. IGI Global advises to have up to 5 reviewers per article, so if the journal were to receive numerous submissions, I may need some volunteers to review additional articles. If that situation were to take place and you would like to be contacted to review more articles, please let me know and I will make a note.”
5 SECRETS TO DEVELOPING A HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Patrick Sanaghan & Jillian Lohndorf
6 POTENTIALLY DESTRUCTIVE MYTHS
#1: THE MYTH ABOUT TALENT
A variety of skills, experiences,and perspectives are necessary,along with high levels of trust, open communication, emotional support, and mutual accountability—all of which arevery hard to establish and maintain. One differentiator of an exceptional team is a high level of curiosity where questions(not hidden criticisms) are prized.
#2: THE MYTH ABOUT FOCUS
stellar teams allocate their time in an unexpected way. They spend two-thirds of their time on thetask at hand (gettin’ ‘er done) and a full one-third on the “process” or relational aspect of the team’s functioning
#3: THE MYTH ABOUT CONFLICT
Exceptional teams see conﬂict as a resource, not something to be avoided.
Leaders need both the skill and the courage to deal with conﬂict on their team, as well as the understanding that everyone on the team needs to be involved in its resolution.
#4: THE MYTH ABOUT OPENNESS
- the “ seduction of the leader ” syndrome frequently seen in higher education. Due to the “collegial” and polite nature of most campuses, people simply don’t feel comfortable providing honest feedback,especially if it is negative or critical.
- Many people are reluctant to be honest, because it might hurt someone’s feelings.
- People don’t want to “lose their seat at the table” and fear that they risk doing so if they are truly honest.
- People realize that the leader really isn’t open to honest feedback, even as the leader professes to want it
#5: THE MYTH ABOUT SAMENESS
One of the pervasive team dynamics that every team leader needs to be aware of is
This happens when we select people to be on our teams who have similar backgrounds to ours.
#6: THE MYTH ABOUT MOTIVATIONAL METAPHORS
One of the best ways to build a realteam is to have each team membershare their own metaphor for how theywould like the team to operate.
5 STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING A STELLAR TEAM
1. Make your team a learning team, by creating an internal article or book club.
2. Deﬁne the rules for decision making.
3. Create working agreements or“ground rules” for the functioning and support of the team.
4. Establish a mechanism for regular, anonymous evaluation of team meetings.
5. Conduct a leadership “audit.”
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Teaching history with technology
Analysis worksheets, evidence, and primary documents
- Using technology to help students analyze historical/ primary source documents.
- Making artifacts interactive.
- Hosting online history discussions
- The importance of structure and expectations.
- Using audio in history lessons
- Recording history with students
- Creating multimedia timelines with students.
- Simple to complex options for every grade level.
- Search Strategies for History Students
- Saving and sharing search results.
- Google Maps and Earth are not your only options.
- Creating videos and teaching with video.
- Making and using virtual tours.
Thinglink, Google Expeditions, Poly, 3D printing
Open Textbook Webinar — a 90-minute online meeting to learn about open textbooks.
Peer review of open textbooks is a critical component of assessing quality and supporting faculty looking for resources to use in their own classes. After the workshop, you’ll be eligible to earn a $200 stipend if you provide a short review of an open textbook from the OpenTextbook Library. Reviews are due 6-8 weeks following the workshop.
To prepare for the webinar, please take a few minutes and visit the Open Textbook Library (http://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/). Glance through the Open Textbook Library and look for textbooks in your discipline that may be appropriate for you to review. In order to receive the $200 stipend, you must 1) participate in the webinar and 2) complete a textbook review. (Please note: There may not be texts available for review in your areas of expertise.)
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2018; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Note that additional Open Textbook Webinars are scheduled throughout the academic year. Please contact Karen Pikula, OER Faculty Development Coordinator, at Karen.Pikula@minnstate.edu if you cannot attend the meeting on Monday.
How: Join the webinar through Adobe Connect
3 models of creating textbooks: 1. write a book on their own 2. commercial model 3. Funder
Creative Common and copyright.
CC licenses free to: copy, share, edit, mix, keep, use
reviewing a textbook in the OER. Edit a book in OER
Microcredentials and Digital Badges in Higher Education
November 27 – 29, 2018 Savannah, GA
Badging programs are rapidly gaining momentum in higher education – join us to learn how to get your badging efforts off the ground.
Key Considerations: Assessment of Competencies
During this session, you will learn how to ask the right questions and evaluate if badges are a good fit within your unique institutional context, including determining ROI on badging efforts. You’ll also learn how to assess the competencies behind digital badges.
Key Technology Considerations
This session will allow for greater understanding of Open Badges standards, the variety of technology software and platforms, and the portability of badges. We will also explore emerging trends in the digital badging space and discuss campus considerations.
Key Financial Considerations
During this hour, we will take a closer look at answering key financial questions surrounding badges:
- What does the business model look like behind existing institutional badging initiatives?
- Are these money-makers for an institution? Is there revenue potential?
- Where does funding for these efforts come from?
Partnering with Industry
Badging can be a catalyst for partnerships between higher education and industry. In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about strategies for collaborating with industry in the development of badges and how badges align with employer expectations.
Branding and Marketing Badges
Now that we have a better idea of the “why” and “what” of badges, how do we market their value to external and internal stakeholders? You’ll see examples of how other institutions are designing and marketing their badges.
Alongside your peers and our expert instructors, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas, get feedback, ask questions, and get answers.
Next Steps and the Road Ahead: Where Badging in Higher Ed is Going
Most institutions are getting into the badging game, and we’ll talk about the far-reaching considerations in the world of badging. We’ll use this time to engage in forward-thinking and discuss the future of badging and what future trends in badging might be.
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VR packs a powerful punch in learning
Google Expeditions can be a fairly inexpensive way to present content. Students who have smartphones (Android or iOS) can download the Google Cardboard app and Google Expeditions for free. VR glasses can improve the experience but are not required.
Ideas for using VR in class
- Do you teach biology? Take them on a tour of a virus or a cell.
- Are you a professor in the arts? Visit street art around the world or the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- Are you a guidance or career counselor? Bring your students to Berklee College of Music or meet a robotics engineer or female firefighter in NYC.
- Astronomy professor? Send your students on the Juno mission to Jupiter or to experience the aurora borealis.
- Professors of education can build lessons with your students so they can teach elementary students about animal camouflage or take children on a tour of the Aztec and Mayan pyramids.
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Creating Digital Badges to Incentivize Participation in Faculty Development
November 7, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Creating Digital Badges to Incentivize Participation in Faculty Development
Badges are more than just participation trophies. Design them to commensurately represent the knowledge and skills gained.
While many institutions have used digital badges as an alternative way to recognize the skills and knowledge developed by students, some are also starting to use this approach in their in-house professional development programs – especially in faculty development programs.
By offering well-designed badges that accompany these programs, you can boost both participation and impact. Join us for this online training and learn how to design your badges to encourage deeper engagement that goes beyond “showing up”. Our instructor, Lindsay Doukopoulos, will share best practices for badging criteria at Auburn University, where 82% of participants chose to earn badges at annual professional development workshops.
indsay Doukopoulos Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Auburn University
Lindsay’s teaching expertise includes experiential, active, and team-based learning in small and large lecture formats. Her research interests include instructional technologies and the use of digital artifacts (e.g., badging, ePortfolios, etc.) to assess and enhance integrated learning, gameful learning, and metacognition for students and faculty.
After a brief overview of our instructor’s faculty development badging program, we’ll walk through several badges Auburn has implemented for faculty. For each badge collection, we’ll address the following:
- How was it designed, and what elements were considered in the design process?
- What are the criteria for earning the badges? Why?
- Who has earned the badges to date?
- What impact did badge earners self-report?
- What kind of data or artifacts did faculty submit to earn this badge / badge constellation? What did these show about how faculty were using what they learned?
We’ll close with a brief exercise that will let you start designing your own badge criteria for a program on your campus.
$525 through Oct 31$600
Live Webcast + Recording
- Access to the live webcast: Invite your team!
- Links to all presentation materials and resources
- Permanent recording of the live webcast
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