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Grow, Know, and Understand

Posted by Tina Monteleone

May 19, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Inspiration from Other Educators

The title of my blog post was inspired by a former colleague of mine who I do not get a chance to see very often.  But when we do see each other, our discussions always seem to revolve around how we have grown as professionals, what we know now that we didn't know then, and our new understandings that have come from our constant quest to be better educators.  Our time together typically leaves me in a reflective mode, while also charging me up to find new opportunities to grow.

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Topics: Leadership, Inspiration

Teacher Inspires Kindness and a $3000 Tip

Posted by The LearnBop Team

May 1, 2015 1:06:15 PM

Teachers have the ability to inspire greatness in their students. Such is the case with Rich Specht, a teacher, whose reach and foundation ReesSpecht Life have been going viral after an anonymous rising Broadway star, known only as Mike, left a 6800% tip for a New York City waitress struggling to pay her rent. Mike was inspired to pay-it-forward by his eighth grade science teacher, Mr. Rich Specht.

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Topics: Leadership, Inspiration

A Case for Teacherpreneurs

Posted by Chris Brida

Apr 6, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Entrepreneurs Changing Education

Modern day education has become a flocking ground for entrepreneurs. There are grants specifically created to allow entrepreneurs to develop education-changing ideas. There are charter schools founded by entrepreneurs (http://www.ivyacademia.com/). EdTech companies are being developed across the country as a way to institute innovation in our classrooms (http://www.knewton.com/blended-learning/). The Penn Graduate School offers a Master’s degree in Educational Entrepreneurship (www.gse.upenn.edu/tll/ee). 4.0 Schools brings together entrepreneurs in an incubator-type setting and helps to develop their idea to disrupt education (http://4pt0.org/). And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just the first five links on a Google search of “Education Entrepreneurs.”

Let’s face it, education is changing around us and “edupreneurs” are the catalyst behind that change. These oft-young, tech-savvy innovators see the value in the education market, and are producing products to suit. But is this the only way to create change?

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, Leadership

Empowering Innovation: The Leadership of Change

Posted by Dr. Robert Dillon

Apr 2, 2015 1:56:35 PM

Agents of Change Leadership

The leadership of change agents is in high demand. This includes classroom leadership, school leadership, district leadership, and student leadership. To be a change agent takes an extraordinary amount of courage, nuance, vision, and missional drive. It is the type of leadership that you feel when you are in the presence of an excellent leader. The type of leadership that makes you want to join their cause. Education is change, and change is education. Without a leader that can truly orchestrate change, our students will simply be a part of a legacy system based more on habit than research, a system that lacks the beauty and elegance of best practices drawn from modern research, practice, and experience.

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Topics: Teaching & Learning, Leadership, Innovation

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