A Lesson for Administrators

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It's been over 5 years since Randy Pausch delivered his last lecture. If  somehow it passed you by, watch the video and even get the book.  As I was preparing for some work with administrators I recalled a short story from the lecture. I've trimmed it and would be happy to see others share this little story with other leaders. There's a simple but powerful lesson here. One that has the potential to empower others. Know any leaders like this?

[podcast format=”video”]http://ideasandthoughts.org/video/pausch.mp4[/podcast]… Read the rest

Building Social Capital with Community

I'm going to be working with school administrators and leaders in the next few months and some of that time I want to focus specifically on the role of building social capital with the community.  I want you to put your parent hat on for a moment and consider the ways your child's school or district builds that social capital…trust. I'd love to share, not only some examples but also some stories that shows the impact. I realize that could be tough but I'm asking anyway. 

So please leave a comment and hopefully a link to some example of school/district leadership that builds trust and social capital with technology. It may be an active and conversational twitter account. I say conversational because having a twitter account, website or any other space that is simply used to broadcast announcements or events might be useful but I don't consider it a very proactive way of engaging parents and community. In particular those leaders who have shifted away from sophisticated, over edited media releases/communications to conversational authentic sharing. I'm seeking examples of where that online presence led to positive encounters etc. 

Ideally, I'd like to reach out to some of these people and Read the rest