Fixed mindset and growth mindset are widely used terms to describe the beliefs people have about learning and innate intelligence. While often used as a learning theory for students, these terms are less often applied to education leaders. Read this post by Lea(R)n team member, Dr. Amanda Cadran to see how she encourages a growth mindset when it comes to edtech analytics and what they mean for organizations.
As a team of amazing educators, researchers, technologists, writers and analysts from all walks of life, various parts of the world and different generations, we spend a great deal of time together, helping educators and administrators across the country make informed edtech decisions to improve student outcomes. But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. In our daily kickoff meetings, collaborative project sessions and customer calls, someone inevitably says something like, “Anyone? Anyone?,” “Turn it up to 11,” “I will taunt you a second time,” or “A schooner is a sailboat,” prompting a sideline discussion and explanation - usually including some level of reenactment (with varying degrees of dramatization and accuracy). To bridge some of these gaps, our fearless leader recommended that we define a Lea(R)n movie cannon: films that everyone should watch to function as a relevant contributor in 2017. We hope you enjoy!
While the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the law of the land, many conversations about ESSA and Title I funding still end with a tilt of the head, a shift of the eyes and an, “I understand, but can we do x, y, z?”. There is more flexibility on the allowable use of these funds than before, and more than many district leaders may realize. In discussions with district partners we discovered four common myths about both ESSA and Title I funding. Read on to find out what they are!
Backpacks are packed, pencils are sharpened, school buses are once again cruising the roads. It’s time to head back to school. Are you ready? Yes? Maybe? Stage fright taking hold already? Don’t fret. Administrators and educators alike have a million things to worry about, which edtech is being used in the classroom shouldn’t be one of them. Here are a few free resources to help better equip you for your upcoming edtech adventures and make you an edtech rock star and champion in your school/district. All of these materials and assets can be found in the Lea(R)n resource center.
Another exciting experience with our Lea(R)n Fellows has come to a close. This summer we were lucky enough to work with one of our returning fellows, Cori Odom. Cori is a Technology Teacher at Davis Drive Elementary School in Cary, NC. Read about her experience this summer, what she learned and how she contributed a valuable educator perspective to the Lea(R)n team in this blog post.