Empowering Student Independence
Strategies to Enhance Collaboration in a School Community
Connecting Educators, Cultivating Professional Learning Networks, & Redefining Educator Collaboration
Inspire, Innovate, Lead, Teach, Learn
Reimagining Mentorship in Education
Independent learning skills equip students with what they need to continue learning throughout their lives. In today's rapidly changing world, knowledge becomes outdated quickly and new information and technologies emerge constantly.
Being independent learners allows individuals to adapt and stay relevant personally and professionally.
Having a stronger together mindset is a simple yet profound message, and we should
all join the conversation. Ride the bus with students, visit a classroom, read books
to classrooms, set up coffee hours, and more. It’s time to make it happen for your community!
When teachers work in a silo, it limits the collective thinking or brainstorming that is critical to innovative ideas that can transform teaching and learning. Change is hard, and sometimes schools are unwilling to change due to many factors. However, moving outside your comfort zone and into the learning zone is a step to breaking down school silos. With skilled educators and the digital resources of today, we have ideas and strategies available 24/7. We have the power to shift a school into a collaborative community and to have critical conversations about exciting and innovative change in schools. A collaborative culture is more than merely attending a scheduled meeting, sharing lessons as a requirement of being on a team, or sitting through common planning time sessions. It requires transparency, honesty, integrity, dependability, accountability, and educators’ commitment to shared goals.
Lifelong learning requires effort. Collaboration as a method of learning has been a fabric of education for years. With today’s technology, our ability to connect is limitless. With an openness to learn, anyone can begin to expand their knowledge by being part of a Professional Learning Network. A PLN is a mindset; it is not a one-shot association. When managed well, these connections can help educational leaders innovate in their classrooms, schools, and beyond to improve student outcomes. Power of Connections is an opportunity to take your professional relationships to the next level. This book will empower your growth by putting your personalized professional development ideas into your own hands. This book is about the IMPACT – Inspiration, Meaningful, Passionate, Authentic, Care, Today & Tomorrow – connecting with others will have on you. These IMPACT components are the heart of connecting and it is the impact itself that proves just how powerful these connections can be.
As modern mentors, how can we shift our practices as individuals or make widespread change happen in our systems? Mentoring is not the process of checking a box; it is the process of developing colleagues who eventually work alongside us in a challenging profession where collaboration, connection, and consistency are all so vital for our students. Having a menu of strategies will ensure knowing exactly what you will get! The goal of this book is to showcase ways to develop mentoring programs, designed to assist teachers in becoming strong mentors and to assist new teachers in getting the most out of their mentoring relationship.
Education is a long standing institution filled with rules, regulations, and policies that have been in place since schooling began. These rules, regulations, and policies filter their way down into our schools. They shape our classrooms, our programs, and ultimately our students. They have great power and influence and can create educators who feel they are just cogs in a wheel of the status quo. But educators are faced with the challenge of meeting the individual needs of those they lead in a world that quite literally changes overnight. To meet these needs we must challenge the way things have always been done because growth requires change. With that growth and change comes risk taking and failure. And so, creating change requires disruption; Disruption of what it means to be an educator; Disruption of what it means to be a leader; Disruption of a system that defines failure as an end point, not a beginning.