@MCDPEL Innovations Lab

@MCDPEL alum @mqroth co-hosts AASA's #suptchat to share latest research on Superintendents' Use of Twitter

Posted by Joe Mazza

8/4/16 7:00 AM

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Topics: social media,, aasa, professional learning

We're Going 1:1 (LIVE EdLeadership Simulation)

Posted by Joe Mazza

4/6/16 12:00 PM

The latest @backchannelEDU episode was recently submitted by an educational leader practicing in the field. 

As an added support, this principal is charged with proposing short and long range 1:1 plans for implementation of a 1:1 program at  we've invited Andrew Marcinek of the Department of Education, also the author of the 1:1 Roadmap, and the whole team over at EdSurge since we cite their latest resource for educators.

Suggested Next Steps:

  • Listen to the 6 minute clip on your own, in the car, treadmill, or whichever way you prefer to confirm receipt of media,
  • Use Twitter (#bEDU0203), the NEW public Voxer thread or share  comments section below to guide our conversation. 
  • Subscribe to the Innovations Lab (to the left) to be sure you recieve every edleadership simulation of the spring. Here is a link to last year's 12 episodes (free/open). 
  • Participate in the LIVE backchannel simulation on Wed., 3/23 at 2PM EDT. 

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Topics: edtech, byod, amazon, paniqroom, backchannededu

"We're going 1:1" - LIVE #pennsv16 Leadership Scenario 

Posted by Joe Mazza

4/6/16 11:39 AM

The latest @backchannelEDU episode (6 min) was recently submitted by an educational leader practicing in the field. You can listen on iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud. 

As an added support, this principal is charged with proposing short and long range 1:1 plans for implementation of a 1:1 program at  we've invited Andrew Marcinek of the Department of Education, also the author of the 1:1 Roadmap, and the whole team over at EdSurge since we cite their latest resource for educators.

Suggested Next Steps:

  • Listen to the clip on your own, in the car, treadmill, or whichever way you prefer to confirm receipt of media,
  • Use Twitter (#bEDU0203), the NEW public Voxer thread or share  comments section below to guide our conversation. 
  • Subscribe to the Innovations Lab (to the left) to be sure you recieve every edleadership simulation of the spring. Here is a link to last year's 12 episodes (free/open). 
  • Participate in the LIVE backchannelEDU simulation on Wed., 3/23 at 2PM EDT. 

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Topics: study trips, edtech, edsims, 1:1, byod

100,000 Silicon Valley Steps & Counting

Posted by Joe Mazza

3/30/16 3:52 PM

100,000 Silicon Valley Steps & Counting

I've been back on the east coast for 3 days, and I'm still sore from all the walking our #pennsv16 team did. After averaging just over 5,000 steps a day in the past month, visits with over 30 companies and schools across the Silicon Valley area netted me 113,000 steps (48 miles!)

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, study trips, edtech, pennsv16

EdLeaders Kick-Off Silicon Valley Immersion Experience

Posted by Joe Mazza

3/22/16 5:03 AM

EdLeaders Kick-Off Silicon Valley Immersion Experience

Take 20 minutes and walk around the building. Explore classrooms, public spaces, private spaces inside and outside. Snap pictures of the spaces you see that represent or contradict the 12 Brain Rules (Medina, 2015). These were the directions I gave to our #pennsv16 Study Team as a culmination of our first morning at Penn's Wharton San Francisco Campus.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, edtech, pennsv16, suptchat, silicon valley, cpchat

Has the term '21st Century' run its course?

Posted by Joe Mazza

3/9/16 9:42 PM


Do buzzwords and other forms of edujargon put up unnecessary obstacles?

This is not a new issue around the field, and using fancy words to describe teaching, learning and leadership goes back a long time. I can recall setting up my resume with great meticulation hoping to land a job as a classroom teacher right out of college. "Life-long learner" was the buzz word every one of my professors and mentors encouraged me to use to describe myself. Although it made perfect sense to me back then, I have a completely different definition of the word sixteen years into the field. Connectivity, asynchronous forms of personalized youth and adult learning has taken teaching, learning and leadership development to new levels today. One of goals of the @MCDPEL Digital Leadership module is to remove any existing enigma that comes packaged with every high and low tech buzz word heard in the field, shared in a trending TedTalk or discussed in someone's online whitepaper. They are everywhere, and, as we'll model during an upcoming class session, one could make a pretty interesting gameshow on edujargon of education's past, present and future. 

One phrase that continues to see a lot of exposure nationally, and locally here in the Philadelphia area is '21st Century Learning.' As someone who attends a decent amount of conferences during the year, I can't remember the last conference that did not have sessions titled 21st Century Leadership, 21st Century Learning, 21st Century Family and Community Engagement or another combo of the phrase you might of seen or heard on Twitter.


On this week's 14-minute Getting Schooled podcast, @PennEdEquity Jennifer MacMillan asks @MCDPEL's Leadership Innovation Manager Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) the following questions:

  1. What does the term 21st Century family and community engagement mean in 2016? 
  2. You've mentioned that social media needs to be more than just a handle and a hashtag, but a personal experience. Can you talk about this?
  3. How do our own assumptions create barriers in this work?
  4. From your dual lens of a parent and an educator, what's one thing parents can do to be more connected to their child's education? 
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Topics: Family & Community Engagement (FCE), blended learning, school leadership, 21st century, teaching

REGISTRATION OPENS NEXT WEEK for Int'l EdCamp Leadership 2016

Posted by Joe Mazza

3/1/16 8:00 AM

The date to circle is July 11, 2016.

If you are an aspiring, current or former educational leader, EdCamp Leadership promises to be the place to be now matter where you call home. Not sure what EdCamp is or missed last year's event? Below is a brief highlight video shared by the Illinois Principals Association. Last summer, Chicago, IL was one of the 18 locations to hold the simultaneous unconference, and the IPA was one of the lead supporters for this Illinois EdCamp for Leaders. 

Once again, Penn's Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership (@MCDPEL) will serve as lead organizer for this summer's EdCamp Leadership event. The goals is to continue supporting locations who want to 1) continue to be a part of the experience at a local level, but also to expand on last year's 18 locations and 1,800 attendees across the US, Chile and Chile.  Together with the help of over 200 organizers across the United States, we'll look to take the next step in making the #EdCampLdr experience one that is not only inspiring and innovative, but an opportunity to globalize our collective networks and bring the ed leadership field even closer together as it relates to our work for kids. The following topics were discussed on the embedded 25 minute clip above. 

Get Involved! 

  • Official Date: Monday, 7-11-16
  • Participation Goals: All 50 states, at least 10 countries, every ed leadership association and state department of education involved in some way. 
  • MCDPEL, NAESP and NASSP were official sponsors in 2015. We've put the word out to NAIS, ASCD, UCEA, NNSTOY as well as the U.S. Dept of Education to continue to build support and resources across all organizing teams. 
  • Synchronous and asynchronous livestreaming options for edleaders around the world to attend. 
  • Official Twitter handle remains @edcampldr, but locations are encouraged to build their own handles (i.e. @EdCampLdrPA, @EdCampLdrCA, etc) to organize local participants. Tickets will be created by organizers and will again be housed on a single site for easy one link access. 2016 EdCamp Leadership registration officially opens Tuesday, March 9, 2016 for all confirmed organizer locations. 
  • The official hashtag, #edcampldr, will continue to be used to discuss the event, gather support, sponsorships, build your network and identify common synergies in making the event as well-rounded as possible. 
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Topics: EdCamp, edcamp leadership

Superintendents to Host First 'EdCamp Leadership' of 2016

Posted by Joe Mazza

1/15/16 9:59 AM

If you are a school superintendent, you've probably heard by now that AASA, the School Superintendent's Association, is hosting their first EdCamp experience at the national conference February 12th in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are planning to attend, we want you to be part of the planning, propose a session, and/or or stop by the Innovations Lab powered by @MCDPEL's @MCiLAB. Provide your Voxer handle to this form to be added to the #iSupt Eduvoxers group, where you can connect with a group of reflective minds through asynchronous opportunities, when it works for you. Reach out with your Voxer handle to be added to this new "Think Tank" for School Supts. Register for the AASA Conference here. 

Following #NCE16, educational leaders will find more opportunities to professionally develop both themselves and organizational colleagues through unconference-inspired events on the following dates: 

  • February 11th in Phoenix, Arizona - #NCE16 (AASA Nat'l Conference).
  • February 25th in Orlando, Florida - Search hashtag #NASSP16 to see and follow who is going, and learn more. Register for NASSP's 2nd EdCamp Leadership event in two years here
  • July 5th in Washington, DC - Search #NAESP16 to see who is going and register for NAESP's first EdCamp here. Register for the conference here
  • July 11th - 50+ US and International locations for the 5th annual EdCamp Leadership event. Last year the location was extended beyond Philadelphia, with over 2,000 edleaders from 18 US, China and Chile locations. 
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Topics: NAESP, EdCamp, NASSP, edcamp leadership, aasa, nnstoy

Pardon the Innovation

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/21/15 11:00 AM

An @NAESP - @MCiLAB Webinar on Innovating School Leadership Through Social Media Tools

Presenters:  In this 45-minute interactive webinar, TX Principal Don Jacobs (@Don_Jacobs) and PennGSE's Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza / @MCDPEL) replicate ESPN's daily, rapid-fire, Pardon the Interruption sports-talk show to discuss 10 social media tools for innovating ed leadership. Find (and comment) on the Google Slideshow embedded in this resource here

 

 

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Topics: social media,, innovations lab, periscopeEDU, digital strategies, eduvoxers

Edcamp Foundation Announces Next Chapter Back Where It All Started

Posted by Joe Mazza

8/18/15 2:14 PM


On August 17th, Edcamp Executive Director Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyf) announced the Gates Foundation awarded the Edcamp Foundation a $2M grant to support the organization’s ongoing growth. Edcamp began here in Philadelphia in 2010 as a teacher-led, participant-driven, personal and professional development experience focused on teaching and learning. In five years, it has grown to from K-12 public school focused to a model for all types of schools including higher education, as the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership held their first Program Edcamp last year. 

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Topics: EdCamp