Tag: mission

Learning and Social Media: Option, Opportunity and Obligation

If you’re reading this online then you are engaged in social media. You are consuming. I’ve been thinking about education and social media not so much as an option but as an opportunity and an obligation – something we owe […] 

A Work in Progress: The Secret Sauce of the PDS Value Proposition

We have a new website in the offing and I was working on some of the language for the new landing page. This is where to place  what is known as the value proposition meaning  the promise statements or the […] 

Educating Global Citizens

We must foster global citizenship. Education is about more than literacy and numeracy. It is also about citizenry. Education must fully assume its essential role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful and tolerant societies. – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 26 September 2012 at the launch of the Secretary General’s Global […] 

Outcomes and the Bloody Red Shrimp

Strategic plan outcomes can all seem rather formal and abstract until something like this leaps out and grabs your attention. This story is about a high school teacher, his students, their research and how they made a contribution to the […] 

Nine Commitments and One New Tool

I’ve recently discovered Haiku Deck – a new way to create slide presentations. It’s an interesting tool for finding images that are in the public domain and matched with the words you enter. You can also upload your own images. […] 

Notes toward a definition of leadership

Yesterday PDS faculty received an email from a colleague outlining a plan for the use, care and maintenance of one of our new makerspaces. She is one of two teachers who have a created a whole scheme to ensure the […] 

The Edge: a sudden unplanned flight of fancy

         Come to the Edge We might fall. Come to the edge. It’s too high! COME TO THE EDGE! And they came And he pushed And they flew. Christopher Logue “Come to the Edge” frequently misattributed to Guillaume Apollinaire Simply […] 

Connecting the Dots: Innovation in the Knowledge Age

Connecting the Dots: Becoming a Knowledge Age Innovator Interesting 2009 short article by Deborah Westphal of Toffler Associates Key points include: Innovation is essential to the long-term success of every organization. But innovation isn’t what it used to be. Discovery doesn’t occur […] 

Four Reasons Why Poughkeepsie Day School is Not the Real World

Poughkeepsie Day School – it’s just not the real world. Of course it’s not.  And – thank goodness for that. And here’s why. 1. The Future: Schools work with children and young people whose lives are ahead of them. We […] 

How Change Happens: The Leopards Break Into The Temple

If you’ve ever been confronted by a dose of TTWWHADI (that’s the way we have always done it) or been reproached with the saying “That’s not the way we do things here,” “That’s not our way”… If you have ever […] 

No Rhyme or Reason

Seth Godin started it and invited participation so here it is: Unreasonable It’s unreasonable to get out of bed on a snow day, when school has been canceled, and turn the downtime into time for learning. It’s unreasonable for teachers […] 

Diversity Matters

Rather like how I’m quoted in Saturday’s  Poughkeepsie Journal “Diversity is a core value embodied in the school’s mission,” said Josie Holford, the head of the school. “Respect for diversity and openness to difference is a source of strength and […] 

The fire within

“To succeed…it’s the fire within that must be lit.” Purpose, mastery, autonomy (mission not money as motivation.) Watch the video and then think of the implications for school. What do we reward students for doing?  

“If a school fulfills its mission there must be constant evolution…”

It is quite possible that the assigning of grades to school children and college students as a kind of reward or punishment is useless or worse… I’ve discovered an absolute treasure trove of fascinating material: Popular Science has put its […] 

Mission and The Builders Manifesto

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery There’s good provocative thinking […] 

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