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The Tipping Point

This is an outstanding book on how epidemics occur. What does this have to do with technology and school? The implications for school leadership and organization can be easily seen. Author Malcolm Gladwell uses a variety of examples to illustrate the components of the theory. Basically, he asserts that three factors need to be in play to have a epidemic "tip" or start. Reading this book will change your view of what causes things to change in a school.

School Leader Development: Building 21st Century Schools

As part of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Program, this CD is a workshop treasure. Use this material with boards of education, groups of administrators, business officials and even students! You are actively involved in writing reflections on the material which builds a workable plan in the end. The goal? To help school leaders prepare our students for the world that has changed. Our students have changed, our world has changed. Have our schools changed? Participants are exposed to educational experts who speak on change, vision, curriculum, leadership, 21st century skills, and more. For a preview, contact Kevin Silberberg.

McREL Balanced Leadership Survey

The Balanced Leadership Profile™ is an online feedback tool based on the leadership practices identified in School Leadership that Works. Survey responses give principals, including assistant and aspiring principals, valuable information about leadership related to a specific change initiative. There are annual subscription fees for this resource.

Change Theory: A Force for School Improvement

Michael Fullan compares "flawed change theories" to "theories of action with merit." He identifies some typical barriers and explores ways to use "change knowledge" more fully to push ahead and actually accomplish meaningful change.

School Improvement as a Function of Engaged Students, Revivified Teachers, and an Involved Community

In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rushton Hurley addresses how rapid change in funding, technology and the political climate has made strengthening staff morale and collaboration all the more complex, but these challenges may offer phenomenal opportunities for your school. This presentation discusses six interwoven techniques for improving student performance, rekindling teacher professionalism, and connecting with supporters in the community. Come with an open mind and leave with resources, ideas and a plan for a strong end to the school year.

1:1 Deployment and Change Management Guide

Fairfiled-Suisun Unified School district as put together a short guide to assist their district in creating a transparent approach to their one-to-one imitative. This guide provides school-based leadership with a step-by-step approach to deploying, maintaining, and supporting a vibrant and safe 1:1 learning environment. While most guides focus on the technical side of 1:1 deployments, this guide attempts to provide school administrators and faculty with best practices geared towards developing stakeholder buy-in, student accountability, and faculty awareness. Item including digital citizenship, professional development, acceptable use policy, and much more.

Vision, Leadership, and Change

This article this article explores how organizations profit from having a vision, how shared vision can promote organization change, the impact of vision on administrators and teachers, and steps for developing a shared vision.

Coalition of Essential Schools

The Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) is a national network of hundreds of schools and 12 regional support centers. It has evolved from a centrally-run organization to a decentralized network of regional centers that provide technical assistance and personalized support to schools. CES National supports the work of regional centers which coach schools through systematic change at the school site. This organizational structure allows CES to maintain both a national vision and a strong commitment to local implementation.

Cognitive Coaching

This helpful book describes three goals of Cognitive Coaching: trust, learning and holonomy. The latter term is skillfully used to represent the twin goals of individual autonomy and collaboration. You'll find this book brings together many separate things you may have learned, experienced, or intuited about both coaching vis a vis evaluation and the growth and change processes.

A Collaborative Principal: In and Out of Program Improvement and a Recipe for Success

In this Radio TICAL episode, Rick Fitzpatrick, principal at Rother Elementary School in Enterprise Elementary School District shares how his school has exited program improvement. He provides specific strategies he uses to facilitate the change process including gathering teacher input on a variety of topics and allotting frequent staff collaboration time. Rick also highlights his school’s continual analysis of data as well as celebrations that are held in the community.


This site is an excellent starting point to recommend to those teachers who are looking for ways to integrate the Internet and computer technology into their classrooms. The Links for K-12 Teachers includes several large collections of links related to specific subject areas, and Daily Dose of the Web lists useful classroom sites that change daily or weekly. The most useful link, however, is On-Line Practice Modules, which includes online tutorials for commonly used classroom applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Inspiration. The addition of ready access to national tech news and grant sources makes this a site you'll want to bookmark.

K-12 Computing Blueprint

If you think one-to-one is the way to go, check out this collection of resources provided by Intel Corporation in association with Technology & Learning magazine. You'll find tools, models, and advice for your technology planning process. Though focused on one-to-one computing programs, the concepts are equally adaptable to most any implementation of new technology, especially in terms of building the foundation for transformation and systemic change.

Technology Planning Legislation CA Ed Code Section 51871.5

Technology planning processes are continuing to change as the internet develops. Cyber safety and other ethical issues regarding the proper use of technology is at the forefront of education. Section 51871.5 in the California Education Code has been amended by AB 307, which is also referred to as the Chavez bill. Any school in the state of California can apply for technology related grants if they have a current technology plan. Due to AB 307, all technology plans must have a component to educate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom. This link will take you to what the California Education Code currently says about technology planning practices.

Quick Talks by Peter Senge

The Society for Organizational Learning Website has developed a series of short, thought-provoking talks by Peter Senge. Each one provides a glimpse into Peter's current thinking on some of today's most pressing organizational issues and offers refreshing perspectives for exploration. You will enjoy them for your own edification and may find them useful to use with your staff. Three of the titles are available free of charge in MP3 format: Impact of Globalization (5 minutes); Organizational Culture and Learning (5 minutes); Transformational Change (3 minutes).

This site is dedicated to provide resources and ideas for "Digital Age Reform" in education that will transform education and engage students. It includes links to video clips, connectivity tools, and resources for the 21st Century "ibrarian." Developed by a San Diego business-man, it reinforces the need for urgent and transformational change in education.

Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education Is the Future

Clayton M. Christensen and Michael B. Horn are coauthors of the book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. They wrote this article for Edutopia describing how the business model of disruptive innovation will affect schools.


Tools to help educators use online videos to create custom lesson plans, or use lessons developed by others. You can browse by a curriculum subject. TED-Ed You Tube includes videos you can use as is, or change to fit a lesson. There are follow up questions and assignments. Lessons can be "flipped. The site allows anyone to take useful educational videos and create customized lessons around it. TED's commitment to creating "lessons worth sharing" can help teachers and educational leaders meet the needs of 21st century learners. Keywords: Ted Ed, TED, flipped classroom


A mind map is a diagram used to link words, ideas, concepts, and thoughts around a central theme, key word, or key idea. Mindmeister offers time-challenged administrators a handy, easy to use productivity tool for working alone or in collaborative teams. The strength of this tool lies in the ability to have collaborative thinking sessions in real time. The software stores change history through color-coding, allows access from many sources including mobile devices, and is visually intuitive and clutter free. Mindmeister offers the easy ability to embed URL links, videos, notes, files, images, and icons in all levels of each mind map. Interface features ensure that all users see the same map at the same time. Free trial is available for 30 days. Pricing structure varies by desired features. Low cost for schools.

Schools and the Future of Work

This special 2017 report from Education Week looks at how technological change, globalization, climate instability, artificial intelligence, automation and other factors are changing what work will be available and how schools can prepare students for an uncertain future--or not.


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