#mnlead Archive

A Twitter chat for leaders and learners. Sunday evenings at 7:00 CT.

Sunday December 3, 2017
8:00 PM EST

  • EduGladiators Dec 3 @ 8:00 PM EST
    🍎 #EduGladiators continues our December series: 'Making an Impact' SATURDAY with our CORE Warrior @SaneeBell leading the convo on The Power of Teacher Engagement! #HISDAdminChat #Read4Fun #SNLP #1stChat #21stedchat #mnlead #edmodochat @APShimonRBMS @CampSecondGrade @aaron_hogan
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:00 PM EST
    Welcome to #mnlead everyone! Please share your name, district location, primary responsibility, and #1 personal interest.
  • participatechat Dec 3 @ 8:00 PM EST
    Participate in the upcoming #mnlead by sharing resources and collaborating at https://t.co/AQiIE8qOan
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:01 PM EST
    Hey #mnlead ! Chad Maxa here from Intermediate District 287 in Plymouth, MN. I'm the Ex. Director of Technology & Innovation. I am responsible for IT, Communications, SIS, Planning & Improvement, Innovation and I co-lead Teaching & Learning with @erogers187
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:02 PM EST
    Matt Carlstrom - Deer River Public Schools, Deer River High School Social Studies Teacher… #1 Personal Interest?? Holy Cow! I don’t know how to answer that. 1 - my family 1A my students #mnlead
  • posickj Dec 3 @ 8:02 PM EST
    Jay, Principal from Merton, WI, checking in to #mnlead tonight. There is a tie for my #1 personal interest- my family and running.
  • TonyaDKA Dec 3 @ 8:02 PM EST
    #mnlead Tonya Allen, Principal in District 287.
  • TIESeducation Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    We are beyond excited to add this #Tweetup for #TIES17 with #Edu_Match and #MNLead
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    Brad in Bangkok joining #mnlead. Go Vikings!
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    Hello! Finishing off birthday cake...and I teach Science in @SLP_Schools . My new personal interest is now learning about who I am. In the past 30 hours, I have gained new family, discovered AMAZING DNA information and cried for hours. #adopted #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    Hi #mnlead, Melissa Brandenburg from Intermediate 287. Special Ed teacher in #NECc102, #ILoveMyJob my primary responsibilities are all things inclusive in my Fed Setting IV classroom.
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    Hi Everyone! I'm Bret, an elementary principal in Lakeville, MN. My #1 personal interest at this moment? The #Vikings! Love seeing their success. #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    Wow! Thailand Represented! Welcome Brad! #mnlead
    In reply to @BradLatzke
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:03 PM EST
    SKOL!!!! #mnlead
    In reply to @BradLatzke
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:04 PM EST
    Jim Smith, live in Forest Lake. Taught social studies for many years in Centennial schools. Currently, an Assessment Associate for Solution Tree. Interest - Cross-country ski racing, LET IT SNOW! #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:04 PM EST
    My wife and I are doing the DNA testing for Xmas! Can’t wait to find out the results! Oh, and happy 28th Birthday! ;-) #mnlead
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:04 PM EST
    Chris, MS Principal in Farmington. I have always loved to cook. #mnlead
  • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:05 PM EST
    Hi #mnlead! P.J. from St Paul Prep, social studies and business, and my current interest is my three fantasy football teams making the playoffs!
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:05 PM EST
    “Coherence is a shared depth of understanding about the purpose and nature of the work in the minds and actions individually and especially collectively.” Rate your school district’s level of coherence? #mnlead
  • edu_match Dec 3 @ 8:05 PM EST
    Join us at #ties17 F2F on Sunday as we join with #mnlead for an epic meetup! #edumatch
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:05 PM EST
    Really it rocked my entire universe. That is putting it mildly. It was a lot. I am so joyful and so blessed and learning anything about myself as an adopted child with little backstory is glorious. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • arantza_barros Dec 3 @ 8:06 PM EST
    Im Arantza a student at Texas A&M University and my #1 interest is my family #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:06 PM EST
    Hi Tonya! Glad to have you back. Excited for tonight's chat with @clmaxa. #mnlead
    In reply to @TonyaDKA, @clmaxa
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:06 PM EST
    Glad you're here Jay! #mnlead
    In reply to @posickj
  • posickj Dec 3 @ 8:06 PM EST
    Happy to be here, Bret. #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:06 PM EST
    SKOL Matt! That's all there is to say. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    Q1: COHERENCE MAKING: We all have a lot of initiatives and innovations we’re working on in pockets throughout our districts. What are your district’s strongest areas of coherence and what are their weakest? Why do you think that is? https://t.co/ZA66nTm0nm #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    Matt Hillmann from Northfield, MN. Current biggest interest? World peace. #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    What’s the levels? Is it 1-4? 1-5? Do you have a Twitter Poll? #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • TechTia Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    RT edu_match: RT TIESeducation: We are beyond excited to add this #Tweetup for #TIES17 with #Edu_Match and #MNLead https://t.co/W6OQvAAn8q
  • TechTia Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    RT edu_match: Join us at #ties17 F2F on Sunday as we join with #mnlead for an epic meetup! #edumatch https://t.co/XG79oIkceb
  • TechTia Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    RT edu_match: RT bretdom: Hey #mnlead ers! Are you going to #TIES17? Next Sunday we will have a TIESeducation /MNLEAD/EDUMATCH Tweetup. Stay tuned for more information.
  • edu_match Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    Hi #MNLead! Sarah here from the DC area. I’m a Regional Technology Coordinator and my #1 personal interest is creating stuff. All kinds of stuff. Concrete stuff, abstract stuff, just...stuff.
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:00 PM EST
      Welcome to #mnlead everyone! Please share your name, district location, primary responsibility, and #1 personal interest.
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    I didn't realize I couldn't do a scale of 1 to 10, so I had to change the format #mnlead
    • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
      What’s the levels? Is it 1-4? 1-5? Do you have a Twitter Poll? #mnlead
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
    Welcome Arantza! We’re a fun group! #mnlead Hope we help you with your education into Teaching!
    In reply to @arantza_barros, @clmaxa
  • posickj Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
    A1 Coherence is strongest where the most people are involved. The more who know and who are involved the better. #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:07 PM EST
      Q1: COHERENCE MAKING: We all have a lot of initiatives and innovations we’re working on in pockets throughout our districts. What are your district’s strongest areas of coherence and what are their weakest? Why do you think that is? https://t.co/ZA66nTm0nm #mnlead
  • JenO2687 Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
    Hey #mnlead! Jen, elem principal from HLWW joining you after an awesome weather weekend. My #1 outside of being a cheerleader for my kids is playing & watching volleyball. #Gophers won yesterday & advanced in NCAA bracket play!🏐
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
    28 looks good on you Kim! So excited to hear about what you've learned. I know how strongly you value family so this can only be monumental. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @khurdhorst, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
    Here's Q1: COHERENCE MAKING: We all have a lot of initiatives and innovations we’re working on in pockets throughout our districts. What are your district’s strongest areas of coherence and what are their weakest? Why do you think that is? https://t.co/ZA66nTm0nm #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
    Thanks for taking the #mnlead reigns!
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • edu_match Dec 3 @ 8:09 PM EST
    Looking forward to learning and tweeting up with you next week at #ties17, #mnlead!
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:09 PM EST
    It was like my whole world falling into place. I can't even describe it. #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom, @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • arantza_barros Dec 3 @ 8:10 PM EST
    A1 the more involvement the better this is why teamwork is so important. once there is lack of everything begins to decline #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:11 PM EST
    A1: Cultivating collaborative culture is definitely the top at my school. We are a team, and we work well together! #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:11 PM EST
    A1 We have strengths in a veteran teaching staff who knows many ways to reach students effectively. On the flipside, our student needs are changing beyond the academic level. We are not as equipped or skilled to handle some of the SEL and mental health pieces. #mnlead
  • TechTia Dec 3 @ 8:12 PM EST
    RT edu_match: Hi #MNLead! Sarah here from the DC area. I’m a Regional Technology Coordinator and my #1 personal interest is creating stuff. All kinds of stuff. Concrete stuff, abstract stuff, just...stuff. https://t.co/dHgoFKQhjZ
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:00 PM EST
      Welcome to #mnlead everyone! Please share your name, district location, primary responsibility, and #1 personal interest.
  • TechTia Dec 3 @ 8:12 PM EST
    RT edu_match: Looking forward to learning and tweeting up with you next week at #ties17, #mnlead!
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:12 PM EST
    A1: The first thing that comes to my mind is staff and student safety. Everyone knows it's a priority, and we invest heavily in it #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
      Here's Q1: COHERENCE MAKING: We all have a lot of initiatives and innovations we’re working on in pockets throughout our districts. What are your district’s strongest areas of coherence and what are their weakest? Why do you think that is? https://t.co/ZA66nTm0nm #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:12 PM EST
    A1 Strongest coherence is where there is a compelling WHY communicated through shared vision. For us, our TORCH program is one of those examples. https://t.co/0aZzzbsmOO #mnlead
  • MNMATHMAN Dec 3 @ 8:12 PM EST
    Brandon, I teach at #starbasemn and my primary responsibility is to teach 4th and 5th graders in the areas of STEM, and my #1 personal interest is #CSforAll #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    Good example and I really like it starts at the base of the Maslow hierarchy. #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:12 PM EST
      A1: The first thing that comes to my mind is staff and student safety. Everyone knows it's a priority, and we invest heavily in it #mnlead
      • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:08 PM EST
        Here's Q1: COHERENCE MAKING: We all have a lot of initiatives and innovations we’re working on in pockets throughout our districts. What are your district’s strongest areas of coherence and what are their weakest? Why do you think that is? https://t.co/ZA66nTm0nm #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    It will be awesome! #Ties17 is going to be great. Let's get #mnlead peeps together in person next week. More to come at the end of the chat.
    In reply to @TechTia
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    A1 - Coherence… I’m pretty proud to be Teaching in DR. As a K-12 T staff, I believe we’re pretty focused on Monitoring for Progress… I think we’re good about Transparency too, but we’re also working on Precision of Practice… #mnlead
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    A1: In Farmington we are really after the "Center of Innovation and Cultivation of Ideas". Staff have almost total freedom to innovate... #mnlead
  • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    A1:Ts w/in a gr. level share curriculum, instructional strategies, & assessments of S. Weakest is often that curriculum & assessments don't build seamlessly from one grade level to the next. #mnlead
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    A1: Not only is staff and student safety invested heavily, so is collaborative culture, along with value in our more tenured Ts #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:13 PM EST
    This is exactly where coherence begins! The development and sustainment of a shared vision! #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:14 PM EST
    Hi Sarah! Creation is the way to be. So glad to have you at #mnlead tonight.
    In reply to @edu_match
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:14 PM EST
    That’s awesome! What’s the secret sauce of your culture? #mnlead
    • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:11 PM EST
      A1: Cultivating collaborative culture is definitely the top at my school. We are a team, and we work well together! #mnlead
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:14 PM EST
    Survey #2 is coming up! #mnlead
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
    A1: I do not have a "my" school right now but I work with many schools. What I see is when coherence is built through compliance and not a commitment to high level of learning for all, coherence and initiative alignment is difficult. #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
    Lucky you! I thought about trying to get into that. Sadly, I decided to pass(because I figured the #Vikings would be in the super bowl). :) #mnlead
    In reply to @cyndy8412
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
    “The problem is not the absence of goals in districts and schools today but the presence of too many that are ad hoc, unconnected, and ever-changing..." On a scale of 1 to 10, how clear is your district’s vision and strategy to everyone in your district? #mnlead
  • cyndy8412 Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
    I have seen a very similar situation you are describing at a multitude of districts including my former district in Texas. #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
    I can't wait to hear about it next time I see you. #mnlead
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
    BAMMM. #mnlead
  • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
    A1: Having PD support the implementation of a common curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments w/ PD sustained over time. #mnlead
  • posickj Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
    This is a work in progress for our district. Strategic planning committee is tackling this tomorrow night. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • JenO2687 Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
    A1- we are a great team who works tirelessly for our ‘why’ ...the kids. Sometimes we tend to get sidetracked with “stuff” though and forget to come back around to the why. I’m guilty of it & need to get better. We have to lead with our why. #mnlead
  • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
    #mnlead My principal is really good at identifying teachers and staff that do their jobs at a high level, while also choosing people who fit our unique environment.
    In reply to @mahillmann
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
    Q2: FOCUSING DIRECTION: Many initiatives (& our day-to-day essential functions) underway in our districts are not clearly connected to our purpose for staff. What can we do visually and in words to make sense of all our systems of student supports? https://t.co/8PqWzF5avb #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
    Yes we do, although I can't speak to how well this has been implemented. I am speaking specifically about physical safety due to the Ss we serve #mnlead
    • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
      Does your school consciously include students feeling safe to make mistakes in their learning? Safe to openly express feelings/ideas? #sblchat
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
    And it’s so easy for Dist and Schools to get overwhelmed with the next “New and Improved” thing that we start too many initiatives and then collapse under the weight of them or end up doing none of them well, if at all. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
    In a recent district staff survey, 89.9% rated their understand our strategic plan and the role they play in its success as a 3 or 4 on a 4-point Likert scale. #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
      “The problem is not the absence of goals in districts and schools today but the presence of too many that are ad hoc, unconnected, and ever-changing..." On a scale of 1 to 10, how clear is your district’s vision and strategy to everyone in your district? #mnlead
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:18 PM EST
    Kevin Sayers. ISDone91. #1 interest is Computer Science Week. Getting ready for a great week with students. Sorry late to the chat. #mnlead
  • posickj Dec 3 @ 8:18 PM EST
    A2 Our hope is to have a mission that all know and believe in that connects to all we do for kids. #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
      Q2: FOCUSING DIRECTION: Many initiatives (& our day-to-day essential functions) underway in our districts are not clearly connected to our purpose for staff. What can we do visually and in words to make sense of all our systems of student supports? https://t.co/8PqWzF5avb #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:18 PM EST
    Sometimes I feel like what we start getting good at during the year is reacting and responding. Sometimes we lose sight of the goals in order to manage day to day. #mnlead
    In reply to @JenO2687
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:19 PM EST
    I think this ties into what I believe one of the most important things an Admin is do, hire not only good ppl, but the right ppl for the culture of the building… #mnlead
    In reply to @patrickjwiggin, @mahillmann
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:19 PM EST
    That is very impressive Matt, and speaks to the job you're doing in Northfield. Nice work sir! #mnlead
    • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
      In a recent district staff survey, 89.9% rated their understand our strategic plan and the role they play in its success as a 3 or 4 on a 4-point Likert scale. #mnlead
      • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:15 PM EST
        “The problem is not the absence of goals in districts and schools today but the presence of too many that are ad hoc, unconnected, and ever-changing..." On a scale of 1 to 10, how clear is your district’s vision and strategy to everyone in your district? #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:19 PM EST
    So true Bret; I think we all feel and deal with this. #mnlead
    • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:18 PM EST
      Sometimes I feel like what we start getting good at during the year is reacting and responding. Sometimes we lose sight of the goals in order to manage day to day. #mnlead
      In reply to @JenO2687
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    The key is being able to clearly state, "If we are adding something to the plate, what is coming off?" Having that vision and plan gets people open to changes. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    Yes, we can get caught up in what’s “shiny” or getting the most press….or tweets. It’s good to have trials…but if it isn’t meeting your strategic plan or vision, we must have the courage to say “no thanks.” #mnlead
    • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
      And it’s so easy for Dist and Schools to get overwhelmed with the next “New and Improved” thing that we start too many initiatives and then collapse under the weight of them or end up doing none of them well, if at all. #mnlead
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    Yes. A guaranteed and viable curriculum incorporates all of these areas - supporting high levels of learning for all.#mnlead
    • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
      A1: Having PD support the implementation of a common curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments w/ PD sustained over time. #mnlead
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    A2: You MUST have a vibrant strategic plan not only at the district level, but at each site too. Not just on paper, but REAL, PRESENT, and MEANINGFUL. Understood by all. Here are our building tactics that drive our every action. #mnlead
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    A2: accountability is huge. If thousands of dollars are spent on PD for specific programs and they are not being used in the classroom, how can we hold those Ts accountable for their valuable knowledge? #mnlead
  • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    Agreed! We're very different, but we each bring something to the table that fits, and he is great at identifying that. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @mahillmann
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    I think there should be a neon sign in every school saying it’s ok for students to make mistakes. It’s part of the learning process. #mnlead
  • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
    A2: In schools I train, I often hear Ts say they’re faced with a fragmented array of SI initiatives. I encourage schools to focus on their mission and value statements to ensure all initiatives address what they stand for #mnlead
  • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:22 PM EST
    As a Supt, i made sure on every agenda of either Cabinet, Principals or Board, our mission & value statements headed the page along with the goals for implementing #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:22 PM EST
    I completely agree Bret! I also think sometimes some of us mistake initiatives for what is just part of our jobs #mnlead
    • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
      The key is being able to clearly state, "If we are adding something to the plate, what is coming off?" Having that vision and plan gets people open to changes. #mnlead
      In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:22 PM EST
    This is well stated (as usual) by my friend @chris_bussmann. People (students, staff, community) have to see the plan and how their classroom plays a role in its success. #mnlead
    • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
      A2: You MUST have a vibrant strategic plan not only at the district level, but at each site too. Not just on paper, but REAL, PRESENT, and MEANINGFUL. Understood by all. Here are our building tactics that drive our every action. #mnlead
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:22 PM EST
    @chris_bussmann are these points clearly stated in your school? #curious #mnlead
    • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
      A2: You MUST have a vibrant strategic plan not only at the district level, but at each site too. Not just on paper, but REAL, PRESENT, and MEANINGFUL. Understood by all. Here are our building tactics that drive our every action. #mnlead
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:22 PM EST
    Good point. #mnlead
    • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
      A2: In schools I train, I often hear Ts say they’re faced with a fragmented array of SI initiatives. I encourage schools to focus on their mission and value statements to ensure all initiatives address what they stand for #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:23 PM EST
    Survey #3 coming up in one minute! #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:24 PM EST
    And there it is! We need to say no sometimes! #mnlead
    • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
      Yes, we can get caught up in what’s “shiny” or getting the most press….or tweets. It’s good to have trials…but if it isn’t meeting your strategic plan or vision, we must have the courage to say “no thanks.” #mnlead
      • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:17 PM EST
        And it’s so easy for Dist and Schools to get overwhelmed with the next “New and Improved” thing that we start too many initiatives and then collapse under the weight of them or end up doing none of them well, if at all. #mnlead
        In reply to @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:24 PM EST
    “...we need leaders who...know how to engage the hearts and minds of everyone; and focus their collective intelligence, talent, and commitment to shaping a new path.” On a scale of 1 to 10, do your schools do this in conjunction with your district office? #mnlead
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:24 PM EST
    I second that, I hear this all the time. Often I am brought in by admin to work with the teachers - then I have to navigate between the two. It can be very challenging. #mnlead
    In reply to @GSmit4Character
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:26 PM EST
    Q3: CULTIVATING COLLABORATIVE CULTURES: Strategic plans may be valued by external stakeholders, so what can we do to ensure our plans are contextualized for our school staff that have to actually execute our plans? https://t.co/3zeksz1dzP #mnlead
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:26 PM EST
    Many strategic plans get pushed aside or forgotten because the action steps are unreasonable in scope and sheer number. #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:26 PM EST
    Perfectly said! This is just part of our jobs. How often can things stay "the same" when we are working in a setting that is always in flux. It's a people business teaching material that needs to be adapted for each individual. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:27 PM EST
    A3 Strategic plans should be built from significant input from the the entire community. #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:28 PM EST
    Jumping in really late #MNLead. Was working on college stuff with my HS junior.
  • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:28 PM EST
    A school isn’t a positive place to work & learn bc of initiatives; rather it succeeds bc of engaged Ts promoting relationships #mnlead
  • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:28 PM EST
    A3: Make sure that staff at every level of experience is involved in the process of creating it, and do not allow new teachers to avoid contributing. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:28 PM EST
    A3: We need to make sure our Ts and their staff understand the plan entirely and what is really at stake. How many times Ts have some to my room to ask for clarification and how it will affect their job? #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:29 PM EST
    We started with this: #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:29 PM EST
    A3 This is important. Our approach is PLCs with goals that align to building school improvement plan which is aligned to the district’s strategic plan. We still have work to do on tighter alignment. #mnlead
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:29 PM EST
    A3 again... build, build, build Yes, build relationships with your Ss but also all the staff. Our principal works her tail off trying to connect but there is so much on her plate, it can get hard. #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:30 PM EST
    This is our same structure too Matt, and this is our second year and we continue to build upon this. #mnlead
    • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:29 PM EST
      A3 This is important. Our approach is PLCs with goals that align to building school improvement plan which is aligned to the district’s strategic plan. We still have work to do on tighter alignment. #mnlead
  • arantza_barros Dec 3 @ 8:30 PM EST
    A3 Ensuring the community and staff contribute to the plans and goals that all have set together. #EDCI365 #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
    Here's Eisenhower's take on strategic plans. Everything's great until the first bullet is fired. #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
    Just curious. How do the Ts feel about PLCs? I'm going to be very honest and say that I get such mixed reviews about PLCs and whether or not they are effective. #MNLead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
    Then we moved to this… And this drives our decisions! It’s up in all the room and throughout the buildings. P’s and S’s ask about it. #mnlead
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
    If there is a problem lets throw an initiative at it and then measure it with a standardized test. Unless backed up by collaboration, action research, and actionable responses there is little progress. Visualize - What does the evidence of success look like? #mnlead
    • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:26 PM EST
      Many strategic plans get pushed aside or forgotten because the action steps are unreasonable in scope and sheer number. #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
    A3 Having a clear map of what our goals our. Although we are responsible for creating a SCIP, ensuring all stakeholders know the what, how and why is the only way we get true success...and active engagement in it's execution. #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:32 PM EST
    Same here Kory. I almost wonder if we didn't call them PLC's if they would be more widely accepted #mnlead
    • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
      Just curious. How do the Ts feel about PLCs? I'm going to be very honest and say that I get such mixed reviews about PLCs and whether or not they are effective. #MNLead
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
    This is a great example. I hope this is posted in each class, emblazoned on all agendas, included in all publications. We need to be repetitive & pervasive #mnlead
    • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:31 PM EST
      Then we moved to this… And this drives our decisions! It’s up in all the room and throughout the buildings. P’s and S’s ask about it. #mnlead
  • NathanSandberg Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
    Nathan Sandberg VP Oregon. I like competitive archery. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
    Survey #4 coming shortly! #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
    Clarity is key! And it can’t be something like “Will work to support kids” While nice, it doesn’t give a direction. Map must be clear and progress measurable.#mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom
  • JenO2687 Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
    A3- I think we need to continue to be transparent about what is working and what isn’t. Invite community in...share our learning...ask for input and be an ear. As long as we have a specific focus that surrounds positive impact for students, we all win. #mnlead
  • patrickjwiggin Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
    A lot of teachers that don't like them (in my experience), are the ones who don't want to collaborate, or worse, be held accountable. #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    Yes Matt. Specificity is required if we are going to be coherent. #mnlead
    • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:33 PM EST
      Clarity is key! And it can’t be something like “Will work to support kids” While nice, it doesn’t give a direction. Map must be clear and progress measurable.#mnlead
      In reply to @bretdom
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    Every class, through out buildings. Yes. Agenda’s… Not yet. But I’ll bring that up. #mnlead
    In reply to @GSmit4Character
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    I have seen very effective PLC's and weak ones. Many T's who feel they aren't effective don't have norms, use data and assessments as much as they need. I think having that makes a difference. #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    To what extent do your teachers possess deep expertise in instructional and assessment practices? #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    Maybe. From what I've heard, it's that they are too focused-Ts feel so limited in what they can talk about during PLC time. And then whether or not PLCs should be grade level teams or something else. #MNLead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    3) We are entering into a culture of extreme change where Ss will be needing our support both inside and outside the walls of the classroom. It’s up to districts to be more proactive in creating mission statements that tailor to all learners. #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
    Hilarious and true. Nicely said. #mnlead
    In reply to @BradLatzke
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:35 PM EST
    THIS!! And I wonder why those Ts are still teaching. We’re in a time of great change in Eduction, or should be. Buckle Up or leave so someone else can try. #mnlead
    In reply to @patrickjwiggin, @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • NathanSandberg Dec 3 @ 8:35 PM EST
    A1 We are very strong at keeping the poverty lens up in any initiative that we work on. I feel sometimes we have too many systems that get in the way of one another and it makes it difficult to prioritize. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:36 PM EST
    Q4: DEEPENING LEARNING: Before teachers can use technology as an accelerator for learning, they need pedagogical partnerships with their peers, Ss and families. How can we truly build this capacity across our districts? https://t.co/t20sMHn62A #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:36 PM EST
    I've always heard similar things, yet, we should be focused and sustain our most important work. If Ts don't believe their PLC work is impactful, we need to dig into that. #mnlead
    • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
      Maybe. From what I've heard, it's that they are too focused-Ts feel so limited in what they can talk about during PLC time. And then whether or not PLCs should be grade level teams or something else. #MNLead
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:37 PM EST
    Norms and expectations for Ts and PLC’s and they must be reviewed often… If you’re not using Data and Assessments to drive PLC’s, its just a coffee clatch… or as many teachers feel a “waste of time” Good PLC’s, create by in! #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom, @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:37 PM EST
    Bret hit it on the head. PLC has become the "handle" any time a "team" of teachers meet. It really is the entire school, building a comprehensive learning community, responding collaboratively to evidence of learning. #mnlead
    • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:34 PM EST
      I have seen very effective PLC's and weak ones. Many T's who feel they aren't effective don't have norms, use data and assessments as much as they need. I think having that makes a difference. #mnlead
      In reply to @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • edu_match Dec 3 @ 8:37 PM EST
    Thanks Bret! Super-excited to meet up next week! #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:38 PM EST
    Also, PLC’s should be Teacher driven, not top down Admin driven… Teachers needs need to take ownership of PLC’s #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom, @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:38 PM EST
    Rhetorical questions, wonder how many schools have "raising standardized test scores" as a strategic plan action step? And how that fits with mission/core values? #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:38 PM EST
    A4 Building this capacity across districts requires a different mindset. Using @twitter, attending EdCamps, specific trainings, conferences, etc. In other words, we all must “sharpen our saws” regularly. #mnlead
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:39 PM EST
    I think that the best practice to do is to have tech nights for families. The interface of things like Schoology/Campus/Skyward/Fee Pay is complicated for some and shuts people out. Let's host not just info nights but practice nights too. #mnlead A4
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:39 PM EST
    A4 I think with this one it all comes back to the Why. Ts need to know Why we are doing what we are doing. That is the ONLY way you can try to get everyone on board at the same time. And if they don't understand they Why, figure out how to clarify things. #MNLead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:39 PM EST
    Our Teachers are… Improving in their expertise Instruction and Assessment… It’s part of our PLC’s… #GrowthMindset.. #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:40 PM EST
    Maybe that's it. I think a lot of Ts feel as though PLCs ARE admin driven, that they don't have much ownership in them. They are basically told what they have to do during the PLC time. #MNLead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • JenO2687 Dec 3 @ 8:40 PM EST
    A4- we’ve got to find time for them to collaborate more, & in that time be both critical & reflective (safely of course) to allow for risk taking & learning. Too often we strand ourselves on the island w/worry or judgment. It’s time to help each other back to the boat. #mnlead
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:40 PM EST
    More than just clearly stated, they are a part of so many of our conversations and action plans to support Ss. #mnlead
    • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:22 PM EST
      @chris_bussmann are these points clearly stated in your school? #curious #mnlead
      • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
        A2: You MUST have a vibrant strategic plan not only at the district level, but at each site too. Not just on paper, but REAL, PRESENT, and MEANINGFUL. Understood by all. Here are our building tactics that drive our every action. #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    One thing about having 240 characters is that I spend more time reading every tweet. I get a little more lost in the flow. #mnlead
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    We need to treat our district and school site PLC time and PD days likes it’s the Super Bowl... too many times these days are not purposeful enough. How can we change this culture to reflect importance and relevance? #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    Trust between Service Center and school staff is critical here, and coherence demands that we have solid adult relationships. #mnlead
    • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:40 PM EST
      Maybe that's it. I think a lot of Ts feel as though PLCs ARE admin driven, that they don't have much ownership in them. They are basically told what they have to do during the PLC time. #MNLead
      In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    BOOM. Lets look at the formative evidence that learning happened - then create an instructional agile response and the have the endurance to ensure ALL student learn. THIS is PLC. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    I'm chuckling. I think a lot of elem Ts feel as though too much data and assessment talk don't let them really talk about the students all that much, they are just talking the numbers, not the kid. #MNLead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    I remember one ghastly meeting with 7 "roll-outs" and it was so confusing as to what the priority was. Conflict arose because of course we want to do our best, but when we don't know what were doing or why...how can we? #mnlead A4
    In reply to @korytellers
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
    This statement is on point…and powerful! Statement of the night! #mnlead
    • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:41 PM EST
      We need to treat our district and school site PLC time and PD days likes it’s the Super Bowl... too many times these days are not purposeful enough. How can we change this culture to reflect importance and relevance? #mnlead
  • DaveWheeler11 Dec 3 @ 8:42 PM EST
    Marzano's work can take a school to this place. #mnlead
    • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:20 PM EST
      Yes. A guaranteed and viable curriculum incorporates all of these areas - supporting high levels of learning for all.#mnlead
      • GSmit4Character Dec 3 @ 8:16 PM EST
        A1: Having PD support the implementation of a common curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments w/ PD sustained over time. #mnlead
  • TechTia Dec 3 @ 8:42 PM EST
    RT edu_match: bretdom Thanks Bret! Super-excited to meet up next week! #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:42 PM EST
    Kory, R the Teachers leading the PLC’s? If so, they should have a say in how the grouping is done. Some of our PLCs are by subject matter, others by grade group & every once in a great while, when we’re together K-12, we intentionally mix Ts to build culture/collegiality #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:42 PM EST
    And now that we're 7-8 years into the PLC process, many T's just consider it a team meeting that they are forced to do. Looking at data and planning around it should not be a choice. Our S's depend on it. #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa
  • NathanSandberg Dec 3 @ 8:42 PM EST
    A3 Staff need to have a positive mind-set and ownership of the plans. Plans from the top down with no buy-in rarely have longevity. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    Survey #5 coming up in one minute! #mnlead
  • BenBo370 Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    To which I would say "That's not a PLC meeting." #MNLead (Dammit, I was trying to lurk. You drew me out.)
    In reply to @korytellers, @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    Plus it has become a part of the "compliance" piece of Q-comp in many places. #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    I hope it is soon. I won't be at TIES this year. I had to pull out of presenting, but that is okay! We should do a meet up like we used to do #backintheday #mnlead
    In reply to @bretdom, @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    Yes, PLCs are led by teachers. They've been told they need to be grade level PLCs in the elementary. They meet once a week for an hour. #MNLead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa
  • arantza_barros Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    A4 communication is key when concerning accelerated learning through technology. Technology can be a great and befeficial way of teach and making that evident to peers and families can help build the capacity. #EDCI365 #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
    A4: Time. Provide staff the time to truly engage in explore. We are fortunate that our Tt have 90 minutes daily to collaborate with grade level colleagues. #mnlead
  • danmcguirempls Dec 3 @ 8:44 PM EST
    #mnlead Lots of these issues are addressed by full implementation of courses using #oer with an LMS https://t.co/9MY9qjBuUC
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:44 PM EST
    We did this for the first time this year. Our new principal @mrsnesvig did an excellent job creating a #Schoology event for all our families. Very successful. #mnlead
    • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:39 PM EST
      I think that the best practice to do is to have tech nights for families. The interface of things like Schoology/Campus/Skyward/Fee Pay is complicated for some and shuts people out. Let's host not just info nights but practice nights too. #mnlead A4
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:44 PM EST
    How accountable are your teachers to their peers, and leaders to their peers, and leaders to teachers? #mnlead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:44 PM EST
    We are having a F2F next Sunday at 5:30 at the Conference. I hope some #mnlead ers can come. @cyndy8412 will be tweeting more about it. #mnlead is partnering up with #edumatch for this tweetup.
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa, @SLP_Schools, @cyndy8412
  • townsleyaj Dec 3 @ 8:45 PM EST
    Join us in about 15 minutes for a conversation about inspired and passionate educators! #IAedChat #MNlead #WISchat #wyoedchat
    • townsleyaj Dec 1 @ 1:17 PM EST
      Inspired and passionate educators is the topic for #IAedChat on Sunday night at 8pm CST! Join the conversation!
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:45 PM EST
    THIS! So tough to have collab. without time to collab. #mnlead
    • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:43 PM EST
      A4: Time. Provide staff the time to truly engage in explore. We are fortunate that our Tt have 90 minutes daily to collaborate with grade level colleagues. #mnlead
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:45 PM EST
    NO. That is why people what to stab themselves with expo markers. No. Why do people do this to people? #mnlead #justno
    In reply to @cyndy8412, @korytellers
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:46 PM EST
    Q5: SECURING ACCOUNTABILITY: We can’t control our external accountability pressures, but can control our internal ones. What structures does your district employ to raise the bar of internal accountability amongst teachers? https://t.co/ASefs41xzw #mnlead
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:46 PM EST
    That is so vital and sends a message of mattering. #mnlead
    In reply to @KevinSayerska, @mrsnesvig
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:46 PM EST
    Not in a direct response to any of these questions, but I also know that in our district, and probably most others, we struggle with implementation in general. We could all use some solid training in implementation science! #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:46 PM EST
    😉 #MNLead
    In reply to @BenBo370, @mcarlstromDR, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:47 PM EST
    Can that be the outcome of developing good pedagogy with the staff and focused instruction with Ss? Or do you think it needs to be written? Our scores are up, but we don’t have that written… We’re focusing on Pedagogy and focused instruction #mnlead
    In reply to @BradLatzke
  • cyndy8412 Dec 3 @ 8:47 PM EST
    Here is the #tweetup information for #TIES17 and #Edu_Match #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:48 PM EST
    Great Idea! And have a night or two, we’re Ss and Ts share how they’re using technology in the classrooms! We do this in the Spring… It’s big hit! #mnlead
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @clmaxa
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:48 PM EST
    A5: I used FlipGrid last week to have staff respond to a prompt I posted about how you use what you know to influence/motivate the learning of individual students. So powerful were the responses. #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:48 PM EST
    A5 This is important…developing the intrinsic motivation to set goals aligned to strategic plan, measure what matters, analyze outcomes and then say “What’s Next?” #continuousimprovement #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:48 PM EST
    Took the words right out of my mouth! #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:49 PM EST
    Common Language is so important amongst staff in building culture. Great Point! #mnlead
    In reply to @chris_bussmann
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:49 PM EST
    @SueAkre used to call them that! Too funny! Not wrong though! #mnlead
    In reply to @KevinSayerska, @SueAkre
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:50 PM EST
    Great use of @Flipgrid, and the key to that is having Ts (or Ss when done in class) responding with comments to others. #mnlead Great job.
    In reply to @chris_bussmann, @Flipgrid
  • TimmyHuls Dec 3 @ 8:50 PM EST
    Or, be more proactive in following the mission statement. Walk the talk #MNLead
    In reply to @KevinSayerska
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:51 PM EST
    Q5: In my past life the accountability piece was using common assessments on a limited basis AND responding as a team to the results. Small scale. The accountability for improvement happened during the collaboration. It was about the learning journey not the numbers. #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:51 PM EST
    Hi Tim! :) #MNLead
    In reply to @TimmyHuls, @KevinSayerska
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:51 PM EST
    That is why I love PBIS and developing school wide, campus wide, district wide common language. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @chris_bussmann
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:51 PM EST
    That's the most important part of @Flipgrid. When we respond to the comments, we create deeper dialogue...and learning. It's like creating the twitter thread. #mnlead
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @chris_bussmann, @Flipgrid, @Flipgrid
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:51 PM EST
    We had that… It wasn’t working for us either… New admin… Shared leadership… We drive the PLC’s, each bldg has a leadership team and they 100% run/develop/plan the PLC’s. The leadership tams also seek input from peers. #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • sbosch_spps Dec 3 @ 8:52 PM EST
    #MNLead A5: The science department has all district PLC meetings 3 times a year. Each PLC presents their results and what they did. Powerful to learn from each other. Accountable to present to peers.
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:52 PM EST
    Current school structures make it very challenging to effectively implement change. #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:46 PM EST
      Not in a direct response to any of these questions, but I also know that in our district, and probably most others, we struggle with implementation in general. We could all use some solid training in implementation science! #mnlead
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:52 PM EST
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:53 PM EST
    #MNLead
    In reply to @BenBo370, @bretdom, @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:53 PM EST
    A5 extended: the teamwork we would start to experience will provide more motivation to get better and ask "What next?" #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:53 PM EST
    No doubt about it; we have to work within the traditional structures in addition to all the new stuff. Too many things to implement just works against the principles of project mgmt and #impsci #mnlead
    • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:52 PM EST
      Current school structures make it very challenging to effectively implement change. #mnlead
      • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:46 PM EST
        Not in a direct response to any of these questions, but I also know that in our district, and probably most others, we struggle with implementation in general. We could all use some solid training in implementation science! #mnlead
  • arantza_barros Dec 3 @ 8:53 PM EST
    A5 I think making sure everyone is on the same page and pursuing the same goal by allowing meetings and communication. Teamwork is the dreamwork. #EDCI365 #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:53 PM EST
    THIS is a Great point! Right now, we’re looking at Each Student’s STAR Math an Reading scores as they align to MCA’s, So it’s student focused data… That helps. Rather than the bldg/dist level data, which can be overwhelming. #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:54 PM EST
    You are focusing on the right things! #mnlead
    • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:47 PM EST
      Can that be the outcome of developing good pedagogy with the staff and focused instruction with Ss? Or do you think it needs to be written? Our scores are up, but we don’t have that written… We’re focusing on Pedagogy and focused instruction #mnlead
      In reply to @BradLatzke
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:54 PM EST
    That, and the ability to learn from so many people that you might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. #OnYourTime #mnlead
    • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:51 PM EST
      That's the most important part of @Flipgrid. When we respond to the comments, we create deeper dialogue...and learning. It's like creating the twitter thread. #mnlead
      In reply to @khurdhorst, @chris_bussmann, @Flipgrid, @Flipgrid
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:54 PM EST
    Ugh! I remember meetings like that! “Oh, the Humanity!” #mnlead
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @korytellers
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:55 PM EST
    Q6: CTA: What is your biggest takeaway from this chat, and how will it impact your work? #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:55 PM EST
    The profile data we have from foursight also indicates that most of the personalities we have in our district just don't do well with implementation. #mnlead
    In reply to @BradLatzke
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:55 PM EST
    Small data is the best data. Those formative hinge points that build learning. Thats the data that moves mountains. #mnlead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @korytellers, @bretdom, @clmaxa
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:55 PM EST
    The key in your post “They’ve been told” Hard to create by in by the Teacher Leaders and thus by the Ts when it is/feels so top down. #mnlead
    In reply to @korytellers, @clmaxa
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:56 PM EST
    A6 Once you have folks say they are sick about hearing about “relationships," the “strategic plan,” and “alignment,” then we are about halfway there. #keepthefocus #mnlead
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:56 PM EST
    A6 Once you have folks say they are sick of hearing about “relationships," the “strategic plan,” and “alignment,” then we are about halfway there. #keepthefocus #mnlead
  • TimmyHuls Dec 3 @ 8:56 PM EST
    Not sure what the Q was but maybe involve Ss in the PLC’s or create advisors and have individual conversation with each Ss about their data results or do both. #MNLead
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:56 PM EST
    This...the message is on point. Make it so there is no misunderstanding what our focus is. #mnlead
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:56 PM EST
    A6: #mnlead participating in #Observeme and encouraging my peers to participate. Continuing to be open to new ideas while strengthening my skills within my classroom.
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:57 PM EST
    I’ve had those Expo marker injuries! I agree, why do we do this to ourselves? #mnlead
    In reply to @khurdhorst, @cyndy8412, @korytellers
  • MrDataGuy Dec 3 @ 8:57 PM EST
    No Limits - educators do incredible work and just as there is no limit to what we expect our students to achieve, we should not limit ourselves as educators. #mnlead
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:57 PM EST
    CTA There are schools out there that are doing some things really well. Find out which schools those are. Go visit them, talk to all parties involved and figure out what makes it work. Then bring that back to your own school and make it fit for you. #MNLead
  • khurdhorst Dec 3 @ 8:57 PM EST
    Hm. That might be a great alternative! It is Tamale making weekend for all my admin, but I will try to be done and get there! #mnlead
    In reply to @cyndy8412
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:58 PM EST
    Or in other words: "The door is open, are you getting on the bus today?" No, ok....I'll be back tomorrow same time, same place. :) #mnlead
  • KevinSayerska Dec 3 @ 8:58 PM EST
    So true @mahillmann. I would like to see our profession move past half way there. #mnlead
  • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:58 PM EST
    Chad, do you think larger urban districts have a greater problem with implementation - due to scale, the smaller, rural districts or does it depend on the district? #mnlead
    In reply to @clmaxa
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:58 PM EST
    Let's give @clmaxa a shout out for leading #mnlead tonight! Thanks Chad! I highly recommend the Coherence book by @MichaelFullan1 #mnlead
  • BenBo370 Dec 3 @ 8:58 PM EST
    Stage an edu-coup! #MNLead :)
    In reply to @korytellers
  • korytellers Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    From my experience, it doesn't matter if you are a large or small district. What matters is the leadership. #MNLead
    In reply to @mcarlstromDR, @clmaxa
  • mahillmann - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    You are always more poetic, @chris_bussmann! #mnlead
    In reply to @chris_bussmann, @chris_bussmann
  • chris_bussmann Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    A6: I really enjoyed looking at our work through the lens of "Coherence". Thanks @clmaxa for stretching my thinking and giving me a few more tools. Well done. #mnlead
  • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    Great question Matt, and I do think larger districts struggle more due to their size and sometimes, decentralized structure. No doubt about it in my opinion. #mnlead
    • mcarlstromDR Dec 3 @ 8:58 PM EST
      Chad, do you think larger urban districts have a greater problem with implementation - due to scale, the smaller, rural districts or does it depend on the district? #mnlead
      In reply to @clmaxa
  • MelisBrand Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    thanks @clmaxa #mnlead was great! Thanks for your encouragement!
  • BradLatzke Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    This is a tough one and a major challenge to effecting change initiatives. #mnlead
    • clmaxa Dec 3 @ 8:55 PM EST
      The profile data we have from foursight also indicates that most of the personalities we have in our district just don't do well with implementation. #mnlead
      In reply to @BradLatzke
  • bretdom - Moderator Dec 3 @ 8:59 PM EST
    Next week #mnlead is headed to #TIES17 for a tweetup with @edu_match and @sarahdateechur. Please join @cyndy8412 as she leads our mashup! In person or on the twittersphere. #mnlead