Critical Transformations: 15 Tools
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Critical Transformations: 15 Tools

Critical Transformations: 15 Tools

Critical Transformations, ASCD’s 2010 Annual Conference, in San Antonio, TX.

Major seismic shifts can transform instructors, and by proxy, instruction. However, more often than not, it’s just the opposite.

Slight shifts cumulatively lead to substantive change.

In looking to critically transform how we teach, learn and administer our education system, the get-‘er-done-quick-n-big approach often leads to a horse race mentality.

“Achievement on the first turn, picking up the pace. Performance lags on the straight away, lengthening the gap between States and Standards. District X is pulling ahead, while Schools falls behind. Proficiency, rounding the final turn, looking strong, but oh-no, a slip on tricky patch of poor teaching and. . .”

It gets tiring. (Plus, I’m beginning to suspect that it is the politicians placing the bets and setting the odds.)

Instead, when we focus on attaining stated, achievable goals we find that at the intersection of opportunity and possibility, a flooded riverbed can become the River Walk.

Transforming education and how we teach matters. It’s called growth, and it begins with a small acts.

Sometimes the most profound catalysts are tiny:

  1. Shifts in how we perceive this generation of students. (via @ASCD_Inservice)
  2. Stoking the fire of efficacy and our belief in each student. (via @ASCD_Inservice)
  3. Implementing just one project. (via @bengrey)
  4. Reflecting on and incorporating some tenets of effective leadership. (via @JasonFlom)
  5. Building bridges beyond the classroom/school walls. (via @angelamaiers)
  6. Learning new tools that change how we view our surroundings. (via @edteck)
  7. Embracing students’ love of games. (via @vgloucester)
  8. Exploring the possibilities of connective technology to ensure learning for all. (via @beckyfisher73, @paulawhite, @kwmarcus1)
  9. Take the “Nothing is Impossible” leap of faith. (via @bjnichols)
  10. Looking ahead and charting a course. (via @ASCD)
  11. Incorporating some aspect of Globalization into learning. (via @stevejmoore & @JasonFlom)
  12. Mixing up the traditional with imagery. (via @glovely)
  13. Being ever mindful of our language. (via @joe_bower)
  14. Fighting, always, for the Whole Child. (via @WholeChildAdv)
  15. Learning does matter. (via @John_Merrow)

Transformation unseats the status quo. Unsettling the status quo necessitates leaving our comfort zones, and risks failure. However failure, if utilized properly, can be as powerful a teacher as success.  Sometimes even more so.

As educators & leaders we must provide safe and supportive environments for those in our charge — be they students, teachers, or principals — to take the chances that lead to new heights.

It is in the realm of the unknown (where we can pursue dreams and push our limits) that we begin to critically transform what is into what can be.

Image: Room 34 at Tovashal Elementary School

(My apologies to all the great people and resources that deserve to be included. I could not include everything. In this age of data deluge, it’s just not possible.  Was not intentional. Please include additional resources in the comments, please.)

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  • Jason Flom
    Posted at 16:03h, 10 March Reply

    "Critical Transformations: 15 Tools, Ideas, & Resources" from #ASCD10

  • GNA Garcia
    Posted at 16:12h, 10 March Reply

    I love lists. RT @JasonFlom: "Critical Transformations: 15 Tools, Ideas, & Resources" from #ASCD10

  • Jason Flom
    Posted at 16:31h, 10 March Reply

    Included you in this #ASCD10 post @joe_bower @ASCD_Inservice @glovely @BeckyFisher73 @bengrey @angelamaiers @kwmarcus1

  • Peter Pappas
    Posted at 16:44h, 10 March Reply

    Critical Transformations: 15 Tools  | Ecology of Education great #ascd10 summary from @JasonFlom

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    Posted at 17:15h, 10 March Reply

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

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  • angelawatson
    Posted at 20:49h, 10 March Reply

    Jason, I love this. What a fabulous way to compile and share the collective wisdom we gained this weekend. Well done. 🙂

  • JackieGerstein Ed.D.
    Posted at 00:25h, 11 March Reply

    RT @JasonFlom: "Critical Transformations: 15 Tools, Ideas, & Resources" from #ASCD10

  • Kwan Tuck Soon
    Posted at 00:51h, 11 March Reply

    RT @JasonFlom: "Critical Transformations: 15 Tools, Ideas, & Resources" from #ASCD10

  • glovely
    Posted at 00:46h, 11 March Reply

    Thank you for the kind mention. I am honored to be in this list.


  • jasonflom
    Posted at 03:11h, 11 March Reply

    What blows my mind is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. So many resources still out there.

  • jasonflom
    Posted at 03:13h, 11 March Reply

    Your site of images tools is fantastic. I had to pull myself out of it and get to work (kicking and screaming, I might add).

  • Nancy Blair
    Posted at 14:56h, 11 March Reply

    RT @JasonFlom "Critical Transformations: 15 Tools, Ideas, & Resources" from #ASCD10

  • Laura Varlas
    Posted at 21:41h, 11 March Reply

    great synthesis of ideas from #ascd10 RT @JasonFlom "Critical Transformations: 15 Tools, Ideas, & Resources"

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    Posted at 13:25h, 12 March Reply

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