View the discussion from January 14, 2020 HERE.

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On behalf of the AAIE Board of Trustees, congratulations to Dr. Andy Page-Smith, Director of the American International School of Johannesburg, who has been named AAIE's 2020 Superintendent of the Year. Read More

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January 15, 2020

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To lead into the future with vision, wisdom, courage and integrity

Five Ideas For The Future

Inspired Leadership


Calin Aneculaesei makes the case for Pull Leadership vs. Push Leadership, providing a blueprint of characteristics to use this important system of leadership in the most effective way.

According to new research, humble leaders with the courage to be vulnerable create exceptionally decisive organizations. Don't know where to start? Try addressing your fear and ego.

"Teams are never created in your image but can be managed effectively if you can leverage your values. Your leadership style instills quality or failure." Values-based leadership and management to fix a broken team or prevent it from breaking in the first place.

According to new research, humble leaders with the courage to be vulnerable create exceptionally decisive organizations. Don't know where to start? Try addressing your fear and ego.

Learning By Design


"Culture is deeply entrenched, and changing it is like shifting the course of a river. If we want to truly change the river of culture, we need dynamite and dams —drastic measures reserved for an organization in existential crisis." Tricia Emerson on how to change a toxic company culture.

"Students have to be given the ability to use their innate intelligence and ability to reason and understand. This lends itself to the ability to attain knowledge and is crucial to academic and social success," intones Keith Davis of NASSP in his article on Emancipatory Education, "Guiding Students to be Critical Thinkers and Masters of Their Own Education."

Tether, Task and Timeline: Think and Lead Like an Astronaut. Three practical lessons about project management learned from astronaut Scott Kelly's career in outer space.

In honor of U.S. National STEM Day, here's a great article from NASSP about how your school can better engage female students in STEM.


Technology and Innovation for Learning


When hiring for a school leadership position, shouldn't we be assessing candidates on what they can DO (ability), not on what they HAVE (experience)? Skip Graham makes a case. Something to consider when you post to AAIE: "The Leadership List."

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent. Kristilyn Oda shares her first experience with this new way to fuel student-led design.

From mini whiteboards to football (soccer) questioning, Michael De Main offers 5 intriguing techniques on how to question students in the classroom.

Personalized Learning


Daniel Kerr, Lower School Director at The American School of Paris, believes giving students more voice and choice is an invaluable part of driving engagement and excitement in learning.

Do You Give Employees a Reason to Feel Proud of What They Do? Why building up a work force's pride rather than their bank account may be more important. 

Embracing data, facilitating small-group learning, and really listening to students...Learn how an elementary school principal makes student achievement a top priority by involving teachers and students in the process. 

There is a misconception about introverts, especially when it comes to leadership. Alison Rushworth debunks the myth and offers strategies for being a successful introverted leader

Social-Emotional Learning/Child Protection


Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant want you to stop trying to raise successful kids...and start raising kind ones. "The real test of parenting is not what your children achieve, but who they become and how they treat others. If you teach them to be kind, you're not only setting your kids up for success; you're setting up the kids around them, too."

After reflecting on her own experiences, Sheri Lyn Schmidt is encouraging other white educators to take the time to explore how they have been shaped by their racial socialization."We have to care more about destroying racism than we do about preserving our self-image as good white people."

"Competency-Based Learning in Action: How Do You Promote Student Agency?" An intriguing new post on Global Online Academy's Insights blog by Sara Tahir and her interview with Heather Hersey.

Taking social-emotional learning from concept to implementation can be challenging. Take a look at how one institution is using the RULER school-wide approach to developing emotional Intelligence.

Leading With Success

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