Due to the Easter Holiday last Sunday, we decided to push back this topic until this Sunday 4/27, so join us tomorrow night for a great discussion on how relationships affect educational success.
Where does the change, growth and improvement that we all seek in education actually begin. Is it the math improvements, is it developing literacy, is it aligning our work to common core or improving our graduation rates. Although all of those areas are important and definitely affect the overall success of our schools and our students. I would argue that those numbers are directly related to the relationships that we build with our students, teachers and fellow administrators.
When we create a safe, secure environment where we are able to focus on the learning, then and only then can we achieve to our greatest potential. Have you ever worked in a school where you had this feeling of safety and being part of a team vs working in a school where this feeling was not present. I would venture a guess that the school that has the feeling of community/family also was the school that witnessed the greater success.
Join us this Sunday night at 8 PM as we look closely at how relationships influence and affect all of us in the field of education.
Collective Impact is the commitment of a group of individuals from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration. The concept of collective impact hinges on the idea that in order for organizations to create lasting solutions to social problems on a large-scale, they need to coordinate their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal. The approach of collective impact is placed in contrast to “isolated impact,” where organizations primarily work alone to solve social problems.
The term Collective Impact refers to much of what we do in education. We often talk about collaboration, but is it really collective impact that we need to develop. We have to have a collective impact when it comes to teachers working together for the overall good of their students. We also have to have a collective impact when it comes to the parents and the community involvement in the success of our students.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #EdChatRI as we take a look at how we develop that collective impact in education today.
This morning Shivali Finkelstein, Shawn Rubin and myself will be presenting at a Belnded Learning conference for professors and administrators of High Ed at Providence College. One of the ideas we will be sharing will be the power of social media for the classroom, as well as for your own professional growth. We will be running a brief chat using our #edchatri hashtag starting at 10:30.
The questions will be around how does blended learning affect education and how can we invlove higher ed in the conversation, making it a K - 16 experience. Please join us to show just how easy it is and far our ideas can spread utilizing the Twitter platform. I realize that many of you will be working or teaching, but it would be powerful to see even if you are only able to hop on for a few minutes. Hope to see you there.
"Any educator who has ever moved from one school to another can talk about the difference environment makes. Learning standards may be identical, funding may be equal, population statistics may be similar, but two schools can still feel redically different and have radically different student outcomes. Inherently, we know this has to do with school climate and the way people relate to one another. Students will reach high academic standards only if they are presented in a context where students feel safe, supported, and happily engaged as well as challenged." (http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/specialty/alt/keepkids.pdf)
There is no question in my mind that developing the culture of the school is paramount to anything else. Without the safe, supportive culture we will not be able to affect the kinds of positive changes, both academically and personally in our students and our school. What does it take to get there.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we take a closer look at how we create that culture and keep kids connected.
Don Miller -