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November 10, 2010

Daggett – Change is Necessary and Urgent

by Chris Lindholm

Daggett's presentation today can be summed up in a few bullets:

  • It's the 21st century and we're still doing school like preparation for the assembly line.
  • Change is happening so fast that it's now the constant.  Get used to it.
  • MN needs to get it's act together in terms of standards, accountability tests, and policy.
  • Teachers working in departments creates "group think" and does not lead to the best decisions about what to teach.
  • School leaders need to step up and be leaders. 
  • Accountability is increasing – not going away.
  • Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships – the framework he has authored - is a great lens for discussing the quality of teaching and doing education.

His morning presentation sounded a lot like Thomas Friedman's work to make clear the need for change.  The afternoon was more on what the top schools are doing.  Check out his stuff at the International Center for Leadership in Education

So ISD191 folks – how do we create a culture of innovation, relevance, and rigor?  How do we instill a sense of urgency and create dialogue that is safe, values all, and invites cutting edge use of technology for learning? How do we move the vast majority of our teaching from quadrant A to quadrants B, C, and D?? 

Let's hear your input!!



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