@MCDPEL Innovations Lab

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

[LISTEN] Authentic Learning in the Digital Age - Engaging Students Through Inquiry w/ SLA Teacher Larissa Pahomov

Posted by Joe Mazza

1/20/15 4:36 PM

We sat down with teacher Larissa Pahomov (@Lpahomov) to discuss what educators and school leaders can learn from her new ASCD book, Authentic Learning in the Digital Age - Engaging Students Through Inquiry. Pahomov teaches students English and Journalism at The Science Leadership Academy (SLA), an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement. Larissa has been published in NCTE's English Journal and is a contributor to the National Writing Project's Digital Is website. 

How can school leaders support this authentic learning in the digital age? Larissa details how her school principal, Chris Lehmann, has supported staff in this area over time. The book also has detailed “making the shift” sections to help educators transition from current practices as much or as little as their environment allows.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, technology integration, School District of Philadelphia

Supporting School Leaders in Conversations About Race

Posted by Joe Mazza

12/19/14 4:22 PM

The following resources for school leaders have been curated over the last few weeks from Georgetown University, DC Public Schools, national media outets as well as the weekly Wednesday night #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). Included are links, podcasts, videos, curriculum and reflections aimed to support adults committed to facilitating conversations that evolve child and adult perspectives.

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Topics: Leadership, School Leader Preparation, Personal Learning Network, cultural competency,

#SharedSolutions - PennGSE & SD of Philadelphia Partner for School Improvement

Posted by Joe Mazza

11/18/14 4:11 PM

Last week over 100 participants, including principals, teachers, administrators, school staff, researchers, central office staff, and community members came together over at the School District of Philadelphia for a late afternoon conference entitled Shared Solutions for School Improvement: Developing a System of Excellent Schools. The conference brought together several faculty and staff members from the Mid-Career Program including Harris Sokoloff, Elliott Weinbaum, Sigal Ben-Porath Christopher Pupik-Dean, Joe Mazza and others to discuss the SDP's Action Plan v2.0 and strategies for improving public education in Philadelphia.

Key insights from the conference are being posted on the partnership website located at www.gse.upenn.edu/partnership. LIKE the partnership Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SharedSolutionsPartnership.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, Family & Community Engagement (FCE), School District of Philadelphia, PennGSE, Assessment, School Budgets

Educators in the Public Square - Jose Vilson

Posted by Joe Mazza

11/10/14 12:30 PM

 

PennGSE’s Mid Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership presents a book talk with Jose Vilson (www.thejosevilson.com) on his ground breaking book This Is Not A Test. The event explores Mr. Vilson's perspectives as a Black Latino male classroom teacher who is also a leading voice in teacher leadership and the #EduColor movement. MCDPEL student Khalilah Harris (C11) leads the discussion as part of the Program's Student Leadership Challenge.

WATCH THE ARCHIVE 

Questions Presented:

  • Are self-proclaimed education reformers seeking to empower communities to decide what reforms should look like in their communities?

  • Are schools of education and/or alternative education programs supporting or hindering education reform in the ways they recruit and prepare future educators?

  • Do education reform celebrities make space for and amplify the voices of people in communities they serve through their own bully pulpits?

  • Are the most prominent education reform agendas helpful and/or even beneficial to communities of color?

Format: The event was available LIVE on location AND virtually. Hashtag #pennedchat was engaged as an active backchannel for local and global interactivity. See what those engaged with Jose and Khalilah had to share on the Twitter backchannel below.

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Topics: Leadership, Network Outreach,, social media,, Personal Learning Network, school choice, blended learning, race,, culture,, class, cultural competency,

Educators in the Public Square - An Evening w/ @SamChaltain

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/30/14 3:07 PM


LIVE LINK: http://upenn.adobeconnect.com/pennedchat/

When: Saturday, October 18th @ 6:30PM EDT / 3:30 PM PST

Where: PennGSE's Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership, 3440 Market St, Philadelphia, PA-5th Floor Conf. Ctr.

What: Schools are in the midst of their biggest structural shifts in over a century -- from school choice to blended learning. But how clear is our vision of what the ideal schools of the future actually need to look like, and how are we supposed to get there from here?

Educator and writer Sam Chaltain believes that before we can realistically envision what ought to be, we need to become much clearer about what is. His newest book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice, explores that is/ought tension via the yearlong stories of two public schools in DC -- one a brand-new charter school opening its doors for the first time, and the other a neighborhood school that first opened its doors in 1924. Join him, along with several of the educators whose journeys he chronicles, for a wide-ranging conversation about leadership, systems change, and the challenge of reimagining education for a changing world. The evening will focus on three guiding questions:

  1. What do schools need to start, stop and keep doing in order to reimagine themselves for a changing world?

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Topics: Leadership, Network Outreach,, social media,, Personal Learning Network, school choice, blended learning

On Expanding EdCamp Leadership

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/12/14 12:53 PM

WHAT

On Monday, August 4th, our program hosted the annual EdCamp Leadership experience. For those who haven't attended over the past since years of its existence, Edcamp Leadership (@EdCampLdr) is a free un-conference devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. The goal of the day is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members and anyone interested in K-12 education for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration. The official website cn be found at edcampleadership.org

The experience brought together over 250 educational leaders from nine states for a free all-day conference. (Free thanks to the Program and supporting sponsors) Many, however, left many who attended wondering why we do not have more events like this in other parts of the country. There have been over 500 EdCamps around the world since the first event in 2009 here in Philadelphia. One of the goals of experiences like EdCamp or EdCamp Leadership is to motivate and inspire attendees to go back into their local learning organizations and create more participant (teacher) driven, relationship-based professional development experiences. 

CONTENT

Below are all 32 sessions held during EdCamp Leadership this year. Most are linked with a Google Doc of session notes (completed by participants) to give you a window into the discussion happening in each room.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, Conferences, School Leader Preparation, EdCamp, Personal Learning Network

Lessons from #NAESP14: The PLN = PD

Posted by Tony Sinanis

7/17/14 2:03 PM

There it is… The PLN = PD… And for those of you who don't know what the letters stand for here it is… the Personal Learning Network equals Professional Development! My words of wisdom… My profound moment for the day. Done!

Ok… so this may not be too profound and not so wise because most of you reading this probably realized this idea a while ago but this was crystalized for me over the last couple of days while at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (#NAESP14) Conference in Nashville. NAESP '14 was my first presentation at a national conference – needless to say, I was beyond excited and totally nervous. I was fortunate to be invited to speak on the Power of Branding and the importance of telling your school story (check out the resources from that presentation here). Don't get me wrong – I have presented on this topic before but never on a national level. Furthermore, the presentations I had done in the past were never really that “fun” for me (let alone the attendees) and I never felt like I hit the “sweet” spot were the overall experience was not only powerful but that people left the room inspired to try something new. That all changed over the last couple of days.

<- #NAESP14 Social Media Lounge Ambassador Team

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Topics: Leadership, social media,, Conferences, NAESP, PLN,

Lessons from Alaska: The SAMR Model

Posted by Jennifer Botzojorns

6/16/14 11:14 AM

Last year a University of Pennsylvania @MCDPEL group traveled to Helsinki to study education in Finland. Two weekend ago, three members of this group, Joe Mazza, Martha Richmond and I had the opportunity to attend the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) Spring 2014 Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

Our goal at this conference was to share understandings from last year, but also to learn from others from around the world -- Australia, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Guam, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, and many other countries.  Workshops spanned a variety of topics from Creating a Learning-Scape to Explore Digital, Social, and Mobile Media, designing MOOCs and Bridging the Digital Divide.

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Topics: Leadership, International Program Travel,, Youth Suicide,, technology integration, study trips