@MCDPEL Innovations Lab

NEW PODCAST: Supporting New Principals

Posted by Joe Mazza

4/14/15 5:00 AM

Listen to the needs of a new principal on a poverty-crippled reservation in South Dakota in the latest #B@CKCH@NNELedu Episode 07. Also learn about the #aussieED chat on cultural perspectives inspired by the #pennlakota15 trip to study Pine Ridge reservation.

How would YOU support Principal Lawson's need for a "mid-career" leadership refresher?

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Topics: Youth Suicide,, pennlakota15, elementary, crazy horse, indigenous, Pine Ridge, new principals, poverty, Indian reservation, principal

[VIDEO]: Children of the Plains via ABC News & Diane Sawyer (40min)

Posted by Joe Mazza

4/12/15 10:37 PM

Our @MCDPEL #pennlakota15 team (above) just returned from a week on the #PineRidge reservation. Before we traveled to this struggling South Dakota reservation, many of us watched the ABC News segment (below) hosted by Diane Sawyer where she followed reservation life for a year and a half. This piece is now three and a half years old. View the video below to set a visual "backdrop" for the blogs that will follow here over the next 10 days. To follow along, add your email address to the "SUBSCRIBE TO EMAIL UPDATES" tab on the right hand side of this page. The following video contains strong content.

After viewing the 40 minute clip, and throughout this blog series, our research team invites you to share your thoughts either in the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #pennlakota15. Our virtual #pennlakota15 partners, the #aussieED PLN (Australian educators) will also be contributing the this conversation. To join our #pennlakota15 #eduvoxers group, please reach out to Joe Mazza via email with "Add to #pennlakota15 Voxer group" in the subject line. 

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Topics: educational branding, Youth Suicide,, PennGSE, pennlakota15, Pine Ridge, south dakota, suicide, poverty, ABCnews, Indian reservation, Diane Sawyer, MCDPEL

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

MCDPEL Perspectives: Alaska's Statewide Youth Suicide Efforts

Posted by Joe Mazza

6/10/14 10:28 AM

1,130,192 = # of calls answered by a Careline number (emergency call center) throughout US in 2013

 

Following #HETL14 in Anchorage, AK, a MCDPEL study team of Jennifer Botzojorns (Cohort 11), Marty Richmond (Cohort 4) and Joe Mazza (Cohort 9) were lucky to meet and visit with Barbara Franks at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The team aimed to learn about ANTHC efforts to provide suicide prevention awareness and education to Alaska natives. Barbara's son Ron Whitcraft died by suicide at the age of 23. Shortly after she lost her husband to cancer. Listen to her story and how she is now taking an active role to prevent youth suicide during the team's one hour interview below via Soundcloud. 

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Topics: Network Outreach,, International Program Travel,, Youth Suicide,, study trips