True Genius Hours with Don Wettrick Transformative Principal 158


Don Wettrick is a teacher in Noblesville, Indiana and founder of StartEdUp Innovation. He can be found on Twitter at @donwettrick, and his podcast on iTunes He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”

  • Innovation class, teaching kids to innovate
  • Daniel Pink’s innovation time Ted Talk.
  • Pure Genius Book
  • Why can’t my child have this class?
  • 20% time for ourselves.
  • How to think like a startup/entrepreneur.
  • Mindset Course
  • We like to complain about things.
  • How do we change things?
  • It is easier to complain than to do hard things.
  • Collect and Connect
  • ROTH IRA
  • Deliberately take social media seriously.
  • Rule of thirds (1/3 personal interest, 1/3 skill acquisition, 1/3 benefit to others)
  • Innovation is an idea.

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Zaretta Hammond is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.

  • Second phase - building capacity of teachers.
  • Learning partnerships.
  • We can’t learn when we don’t trust.
  • How to quickly build trust through trust generators.
  • Selective vulnerability.
  • Social pain and physical pain are equal as far as the brain is concerned.
  • Power of acknowledging students out in the community.
  • Culturally responsive teaching isn’t about just relationships.
  • We have the relationship so the teacher can push when the learning gets hard.
  • 4 cultural learning tools.
  • Understand there is a common thread through most cultures - collectivism.
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism - figuring out a problem together.
  • This is not a subject area you need to tackle, but something that you need to bring into the meeting.
  • World cafe - strategy for teacher discussion.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Facilitative leadership. How do you create an agenda that is equity focused?

 

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Zaretta Hammond is the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. You can find her on the web at Ready4rigor.com and on Twitter at @ready4rigor

  • Culturally responsive teaching is seen as classroom management or one-off - both of these are wrong. It is really about learning.
  • Dependent vs. Independent learners
  • Brains aren’t any different, but the system is stacked against them.
  • It’s about getting students to take control of their own learning.
  • Once learning is relevant, then students can be engaged.
  • Multi-cultural education vs. culturally responsive education.
  • Where to start (Thanks to @feedurmind_read) in culturally responsive teaching.
  • Leader to create the conversation to talk about our students.
  • Counter-narratives - acknowledge the dominant narratives. Not about preaching from the leader.
  • Trust undermines culturally responsive teaching.
  • Here’s the three things we believe about our X students.
  • What’s being said in the media about those students?
  • Teachers are mirroring what they are seeing in the media.
  • Starts with relational trust and creating counter-narratives.

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Dr. Stephen Sroka (Twitter grew up in poverty and is now an educator and keynote speaker. Be sure to check out his great YouTube page.

  • Drugs and alcohol exposure to kids.
  • Perceived risk of harm is minimized because of decriminalization.
  • Addiction rate doubles when kids use marijuana and alcohol in high school or before.
  • The reality is that you don’t know if it is a gateway drug.
  • Marijuana is not good for the adolescent brain.
  • If you get addicted to opiates in high school, you will likely relapse.
  • Focus on coping skills to help them deal with life.
  • Give kids options. What do you want to get high on?
  • Trauma-informed strategies for students.
  • Predictors of success: when every staff member learns every student’s name.
  • If you don’t have relationships, kids won’t trust you and kids won’t do what you ask.
  • What can we do to be a transformative Principal? Know kids by name. Honest, humor, hope. Look and Listen. Smile and Say Hi to everyone.

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Dr. Stephen Sroka (Twitter grew up in poverty and is now an educator and keynote speaker. Be sure to check out his great YouTube page.

  • Steve describes his life growing up and the challenges he faced.
  • Overcoming welfare to become a chemist and eventually a teacher.
  • The Gift in a Toxic Society - the perfect gift you can give this year. PDF format.
  • Dear …, I don’t want to die, but if I do, I want you to know that…. Tell that person what they mean to you.
  • It will change the person you love for life.
  • It matters because you put everything you have into it.
  • Write the gift now because you don’t know when you won’t have a chance.
  • The Power of One Speaker
  • That time when Steve died.

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Christopher Kai (Twitter) has given over 1,000 speeches or workshops to a global audience from more than 30 countries. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies like American Express, New York Life, and Microsoft and notable non-profits like the Milken Family Foundation. Christopher has spoken alongside some of the most prominent global business leaders like Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s founder Nolan Bushnell, MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. His keynote experiences have been described as “life-changing,” “absolutely amazing” and a “breath of fresh air” because he consistently delivers actionable ideas and strategies based on research and experience all wrapped up in inspiring and insightful stories. Christopher also has an uncanny ability to customize his speeches for each of his unique clients.

Here he talks about how to create unique and powerful relationships with those you meet. 


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Derek Rhodenizer (Twitter Web site) is a principal in Ottawa Canada. He is also the host of the eduthoughts podcast.

 

  • Whiteboard by the table

  • Legowall 4’x3’ the video

  • Modeling as administrators.

  • Giving ownership of the office to other people models giving ownership of the classroom to the students.

  • Audio/visual recording studio.

  • Weekly updates, drawing

  • Teaching parents to read with their kids.

  • Empower parents to ask questions.

  • Sometimes you have to jump and start building your wings on the way down.

  • Start small.

  • What am I good at? Start there.

  • What can you do to be a transformative principal? Go into the hallway and give kids high fives! You don’t need a reason to give a high five!

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