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Supporting Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships in the 21st Century

Ray McNulty

It’s time for the American education system to join the 21st century; continuing to do what we have always done is putting our youth at a disadvantage in today’s technology-driven global society.

To become better, we first need to dare to be different. In this session-  Supporting Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships in the 21st Century with Quad D Leadership –  on January 17, Raymond J. McNulty will share an overview of next practices intended to push us to not only become leaders of this transformation, but to put our values into action. Our agenda as educators should be plain and simple: create a new, vibrant educational system driven by rigor, relevance, and relationships for all learners. This session will describe how they contribute to building 21st century systems, schools, and classrooms founded on the 3Rs: rigor, relevance, and relationships.

Quad D Leadership is a blending of vision and empowerment and involves an adaptive process by which leaders, staff, and students take action to improve teaching and learning in their school. Quadrant D Leadership is situation-specific and comes into play when there is a need for direction or action. This session will describe all aspects of the Quadrant D Leadership Framework: authoritative, creative, collaborative, and adaptive.

Ray McNulty is a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership in Education, having previously served as President. Prior to joining the International Center, he was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators on improving our nation’s high schools. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions. Ray spoke earlier this month at Lindenwood University on Leading Next Practices & Transformational Leadership. To register for January 17, visit CSD’s PD calendar.

No Detective Work Here: Great Creative Writing VC

Flickr Creative Commons: verybadladyThis ‘crime scene analysis’ distance learning program with author (and former teacher) Barri Bumgarner focuses on a writing exercise designed to be creative, deductive, and interactive. Students will see a portion of an episode of CSI. After viewing the initial crime scene footage, each writer will play investigator through a variety of interviews. Once they conducted each of their interviews, students will then write their version of what happened. This writing workshop videoconference is for 7-12 grades.

The goal of this interactive videoconference session is to allow students the opportunity to investigate, deduce, then synthesize by writing a creative version of the crime. Students will observe, interact, interview, and ultimately create and share in this videoconference.

How does this work? Students will see a brief excerpt from an episode of CSI. After viewing the scene, each writer will be introduced by Barri to the various suspects and other people associated with both the victim and the suspects. Upon hearing and seeing this information, students will choose which 3 people they will “interview” (they will pull those people’s “jackets” and read about their specific details). Once they conducted each of their “interviews,” the student investigators will write their version of what happened.

The videoconference, lead by Barri, is available Friday, May 1, 2009. Space is still open, but please sign up by April 24. Videotaping/recording this videoconference is not allowed. The videoconference is $125 for New Links to New Learning members and $175 for nonmembers. There are two, 1 hour sessions available (all times Central Daylight Time):

  • 8:30 a.m. for 9-12th graders (high school)
  • 10 a.m. for 7-8th graders  (middle school)