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Supporting School Leaders in Conversations About Race

Posted by Joe Mazza

12/19/14 4:22 PM

The following resources for school leaders have been curated over the last few weeks from Georgetown University, DC Public Schools, national media outets as well as the weekly Wednesday night #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). Included are links, podcasts, videos, curriculum and reflections aimed to support adults committed to facilitating conversations that evolve child and adult perspectives.

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Topics: Leadership, School Leader Preparation, Personal Learning Network, cultural competency,

Educators in the Public Square - Jose Vilson

Posted by Joe Mazza

11/10/14 12:30 PM


PennGSEā€™s Mid Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership presents a book talk with Jose Vilson (www.thejosevilson.com) on his ground breaking book This Is Not A Test. The event explores Mr. Vilson's perspectives as a Black Latino male classroom teacher who is also a leading voice in teacher leadership and the #EduColor movement. MCDPEL student Khalilah Harris (C11) leads the discussion as part of the Program's Student Leadership Challenge.


Questions Presented:

  • Are self-proclaimed education reformers seeking to empower communities to decide what reforms should look like in their communities?

  • Are schools of education and/or alternative education programs supporting or hindering education reform in the ways they recruit and prepare future educators?

  • Do education reform celebrities make space for and amplify the voices of people in communities they serve through their own bully pulpits?

  • Are the most prominent education reform agendas helpful and/or even beneficial to communities of color?

Format: The event was available LIVE on location AND virtually. Hashtag #pennedchat was engaged as an active backchannel for local and global interactivity. See what those engaged with Jose and Khalilah had to share on the Twitter backchannel below.

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Topics: Leadership, Network Outreach,, social media,, Personal Learning Network, school choice, blended learning, race,, culture,, class, cultural competency,

Nat'l Principals Month & #CE14 kick-off with FIVE Twitterchats for school leaders

Posted by Joe Mazza

10/1/14 12:54 PM

October was National Principals' Month (#PrinMonth) and also Connected Educators' Month (#CE14). 

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (@NAESP) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (@NASSP) partnered together to offer five Twitter "chats" to encourge connectivity, collaboration, inspiration and ongoing consrtruction of a global personal learning network for school leaders.  

If you tuned into to Twitter hashtag #cpchat (Connected Principals Chat) on Thursday nights at 8PM EDT / 5PM PST, you would have seen the conversations below happening. Each has been archived for your on-demand perusal. (Need help with Twitter? Here's a free Twitter 101 course & plenty of other resources). 

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 8PM EDT / 5PM PST
  • Topic: How Principals Can Best Support Technology Integration In Their Schools

    Moderators: Rosie Vojtek (@rvojte, Connecticu) & Jason Markey (@jasonmmarkey- Illinois) 

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8PM EDT / 5PM PST
  • Topic: Constructive Teacher Evaluations

    Moderators: Jessica Johnson (@principalj, Wisconsin) & Kenneth Durham (@principaldurham- California)

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 8PM EDT / 5PM PST
  • Topic: Using Social Media For Professional Learning

    Moderators: Amber Teammann (@8amber8, Texas) & Joe Mazza (@joe_mazza - Pennsylvania)

Thursday, October 22, 2014 - 8PM EDT / 5PM PST
  • Topic: Cultivating Teacher Leaders

    Moderators: Brad Currie (@bradmcurrie, New Jersey) & Jethro Jones (@jethrojones - Alaska)


Thursday, October 29, 2014 - 8PM EDT / 5PM PST (2nd Chat Added at 8PM PST)
  • Topic: Building & Sustaining A Positive School Culture

    Moderators: Daisy Dyer Duerr @DaisyDyerDuerr) & Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) at 8PM EDT

           Moderators: Chris Wejr (@ChrisWejr) & Cale Birk (@BirkLearns) at 8PM PST

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Topics: NAESP, School Leader Preparation, Personal Learning Network, NASSP

Educators in the Public Square - An Evening w/ @SamChaltain

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/30/14 3:07 PM

LIVE LINK: http://upenn.adobeconnect.com/pennedchat/

When: Saturday, October 18th @ 6:30PM EDT / 3:30 PM PST

Where: PennGSE's Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Ed Leadership, 3440 Market St, Philadelphia, PA-5th Floor Conf. Ctr.

What: Schools are in the midst of their biggest structural shifts in over a century -- from school choice to blended learning. But how clear is our vision of what the ideal schools of the future actually need to look like, and how are we supposed to get there from here?

Educator and writer Sam Chaltain believes that before we can realistically envision what ought to be, we need to become much clearer about what is. His newest book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice, explores that is/ought tension via the yearlong stories of two public schools in DC -- one a brand-new charter school opening its doors for the first time, and the other a neighborhood school that first opened its doors in 1924. Join him, along with several of the educators whose journeys he chronicles, for a wide-ranging conversation about leadership, systems change, and the challenge of reimagining education for a changing world. The evening will focus on three guiding questions:

  1. What do schools need to start, stop and keep doing in order to reimagine themselves for a changing world?

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Topics: Leadership, Network Outreach,, social media,, Personal Learning Network, school choice, blended learning

On Expanding EdCamp Leadership

Posted by Joe Mazza

9/12/14 12:53 PM


On Monday, August 4th, our program hosted the annual EdCamp Leadership experience. For those who haven't attended over the past since years of its existence, Edcamp Leadership (@EdCampLdr) is a free un-conference devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. The goal of the day is to assemble forward-thinking school administrators, board of education members, classroom teacher leaders, parents/community members and anyone interested in K-12 education for a day of conversation, reflection and inspiration. The official website cn be found at edcampleadership.org

The experience brought together over 250 educational leaders from nine states for a free all-day conference. (Free thanks to the Program and supporting sponsors) Many, however, left many who attended wondering why we do not have more events like this in other parts of the country. There have been over 500 EdCamps around the world since the first event in 2009 here in Philadelphia. One of the goals of experiences like EdCamp or EdCamp Leadership is to motivate and inspire attendees to go back into their local learning organizations and create more participant (teacher) driven, relationship-based professional development experiences. 


Below are all 32 sessions held during EdCamp Leadership this year. Most are linked with a Google Doc of session notes (completed by participants) to give you a window into the discussion happening in each room.

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Topics: Innovation, Leadership, Conferences, School Leader Preparation, EdCamp, Personal Learning Network