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04.17.21 Keep It Going for the Rest of the Year. Vision Setting…

Watch: Nick Barnes Assistant Principal at Broomfield High School tells us about the “Genius Bar” and it’s alignment to the vision of the Computer Science Program at Broomfield High School

Read: Popular Trends in Education Heading Into 2021

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to look over and use Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs for a digital task in your classroom.
  • Leaders: We challenge you to use alternatives to “I don’t know” and “I can’t” to create a growth mindset when talking to others or planning for next year.
  • Parents: We challenge you to take a statement of affirmation and use it in your daily life and/or teaching.

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04.16.21 Keep It Going In the Month – Short Cycle Informed Innovation

Watch: Jeannie Sponheim – Digital Learning Specialist at Thompson School District Explains Short Cycle Informed Innovation

Read: Short-Cycle Informed Innovation

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to consider what student learning outcomes a digital tool might help you elevate in your next lesson.  Try it out and see what stories that tool/dataset tells you.
  • Leaders: We challenge you to consider what staff or student learning outcome a digital tool(s) might help you elevate in an upcoming interaction. Try it out and see what stories that tool/dataset tells you.
  • Parents: We challenge you to consider what learning outcomes for your child(ren) might be elevated through particular digital tools or resources.  In your child(ren)’s next lesson, try it out and see what stories that tool/dataset tells you.

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04.15.21 Setting Learning Intentions and Checking to See If Students Have Met Them

Watch: Kelly Reseigh – 7th & 8th Grade Teacher at Vail Mountain School Shares How She Uses Student Goal Setting and Reflection Practices in Her Classroom

Kelly Reseigh’s Classroom/Project Reflection Questions for Students. Share how you used these questions in your own classroom or ways that you changed them to meet the needs of your classroom with Kelly on Twitter @kelriz. Be sure to tag @innedco

Read: A Framework For Lesson Planning

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to think about these questions. How might you help students set learning intentions and reflect on their growth toward this learning intention? How do you have students reflect? What feedback do you give students and when?
  • Leaders: We challenge you to think about these questions. How do you support teachers in meeting learning intentions with students? How do you model this process with teachers?
  • Parents: We challenge you to think about these questions. What learning intentions do you have set for each day or chunk of days? How do you reflect on how your child is meeting these intentions?

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04.14.21 Things to Try in the Classroom: Helping Students Set Goals and Become Aware of Their Growth

Watch: 5th Grader Caden tells us about how he’s using Project Heart to set goals to apply for funding for his project and how he’s used teamwork to meet those goals.

Read: What “Lead By Example Means” for Students of Color

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to take a step today to find and bring a new and diverse voice into your classroom or into your understanding of your own classroom practice.
  • Leaders: We challenge you to take a step today to broaden your understanding of your role as a leader in supporting and promoting diverse voices in your sphere of influence.
  • Parents: We challenge you to talk with your children about people who are different than they are.  Go on a curiosity journey to see how you might collectively learn more about others’ life experiences.

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04.13.21 Modeling for Kids: Modeling a Growth Mindset When Things Get Overwhelming

Watch: Ways to De-Stress When Things Get Overwhelming with Guest Curators Kay Davidson and Student Kushal Regmi

Read: The Best Ways to Teach Mindset? Model It!

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to discuss the process of learning something new with your students.
  • Leaders: We challenge you to discuss the process of learning something new with your teachers.
  • Parents: We challenge you to discuss the process of learning something new with your children.

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04.12.21 Growing In Your Work With Your Colleagues

Watch: Guest Curators Katie Gambardella and Hazael Roman-Lagunas – Instructional Coach at Johnson Elementary discuss learning labs and the positive impact of seeing other teachers in action!

Read: Show Me The Money – Grow Your Big Dreams Into Reality By Seeking Support

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to consider something you’ve always wanted to do/have but haven’t yet been able to make happen for your students because of a lack of funds, support, or mentorship.  Take a first step today toward addressing one of those areas.
  • Leaders: We challenge you to consider something you’ve always wanted to do/have but haven’t yet been able to make happen for your school, district, or organization because of a lack of funds, support, or mentorship.  Take a first step today toward addressing one of those areas.
  • Parents: We challenge you to challenge your children to think of something they’ve always wanted to do but haven’t yet been able to due to a lack of funds, support, or knowledge about how to get there.  Encourage them to take a first step toward that goal today!

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04.11.21 Growing In Our Practices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Watch: Growing In Our Practices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion With Guest Curators Liz Walhof and Aaron Henderson

Read: How To Have a Courageous Conversation About Race

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to ask yourself where your students might see people like themselves in your curriculum.  Consider what, if any, revisions you might wish to make.
  • Leaders: We challenge you to ask BIPOC students, colleagues, and/or parents/community members if they might be willing to share with you about their experiences in education (how they viewed themselves as learners, what teachers were easiest to connect with and why, what people expected of them, and what was best and hardest about their experiences as learners.  Be willing to share in return and ponder what your learning might mean for your school, district, or organization.
  • Parents: We challenge you to ask yourself, how might you create openings to learn more about how others “do life”?  And how might those conversations help you and your children be more empathetic to others?

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April 2021 Challenge Premium Member Resources

For our valued Premium Members, April is all about growth mindset! For each of the 7 days, we will offer ways to think about growth mindset in relation to our teaching and learning practices.

Sunday Day 1 – Inspirational Talks About Growth Mindset

Monday Day 2 – Increase Your Chances Of Success With Growth Mindset

Tuesday Day 3 – Modeling Growth Mindset To Our Students

Wednesday Day 4 – Teaching Growth Mindset To Kids

Thursday Day 5 – Fewer Things, Better. Focusing on What Matters Most

Friday Day 6 – Power and Perseverance Necessary for Growth?

Saturday Day 7 – Building a Growth Mindset In Yourself

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March 2021 Challenge Premium Member Resources

For our valued Premium Members, we’re going all in with March Madness! For each of the 7 days, we will offer ways to think about how the 7 Attributes of March Madness Winners relate to our teaching and learning practices. Look for the metaphors that really resonate with you, and let us know when we fall short! Not every teacher is into sports 🙂 The ideas below will help you slowly digest this article throughout the week.

Day 1

“March Madness Champions Rely on Upperclassmen” – For educators, we can stretch the metaphor to equate our school leaders and master teachers to those upperclassmen. We know those “freshmen” teachers are full of energy and great ideas, so it’s vital they look to the “upperclassmen” in their buildings and districts to learn how to sustain that energy and find some balance. From the learner perspective, this is cross age group mentorship.

Day 2

“March Madness Champions Are Guided by Proven Coaches” – This is a no-brainer for educators! We need to be coaching our students as a “guide on the side not on the stage”. The adult is the lead learner in any effective classroom. Any teacher who’s been at it for a few years immediately knows the difference between a principal who is punitive and one who is truly there to coach and mentor your growth. If you are an educational leader (principal, instructional coach or cabinet level), how can you bring positive coaching into your evaluation process?

Day 3

“March Madness Champions Have Great Point Guards” – In any classroom, the point guards are those students a teacher can hold up as an exemplar. Point guards in the class tend to have curiosity, ask thoughtful questions, have good presentation skills and additional essential skills such as entrepreneurial mindsets. Their role needs to expand in the classroom as not just a learner, but also a mentor and leader to other students.

Day 4

“March Madness Champions Finish in the Top 4 of the BPI” – We’re not so sure the equivalent rankings, polls or indexes for Innovative schools and districts fit this metaphor. There’s certainly schools doing wonderful things for students, but their academic scores don’t reflect that. Championship schools are the most innovative in the ways they employ best practices and empower students to control their learning pathways, and any school could be a championship school given the right climate and culture of the building.

Day 5

“March Madness Champions Come from Schools with Large Student Bodies” – As educators and educational leaders, we can think of this as how a large diversity among your student body helps make you a championship school. Larger diversity among staff is a huge asset for success, too! 

Day 6

“March Madness Champions Can Light It Up from Deep” – It turns out a team of mediocre scoring, but hard working team players are more likely to win championships! High academically achieving students are not necessarily the ones who become champions in the work world. Grades and scores measure aptitude for school, not necessarily for achievement in life. But don’t take that from us, just check out Cory Powell’s story, a lead NASA engineer who’s equipment just sent us back data from Mars!

Day 7

“March Madness Champions Have Elite Defenses” – Champion educators and schools practice defense by hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. These are the schools where you see educational technology being used to engage students in ways that foster deeper learning and adaptability when things don’t work out as planned. Schools with championship caliber defense have co-workers who observe each other and talk about creating effective vertical alignment from one level of a class to the next within subject matter.

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03.13.21 Sustainability on the journey – How do you sustain the motivation to continue to develop your own practice?

Read: 4 Ways the March Madness Athletes Can Teach You To Win At Work

Watch: InnEdCO Summer Series “Experience” with Keynote Katie Martin

Take Action:

  • Teachers: We challenge you to apply to present at InnEdCO!
  • Leaders: We challenge you to apply to present about a systems change you made this year at InnEdCO!
  • Parents: New to InnEdCO, but not to at-home teaching? Have inspiration to share with classroom teachers? Consider putting in a proposal to present at InnEdCO.

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