Presenter: Tim Tyson
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
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Presentation Title: The Classroom Teacher As a 21st Century Instructional Leader
Presentation Description: A completely different take on teacher leadership in the 21st Century, this presentation offers a fresh perspective and a call to action. Hopefully, after watching this presentation, you, as well as your work, and our entire profession will never be the same!
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Wow!!!the best one yet. Lead!Lead!Lead! to educational reform. The speaker compaired US educational plan to Finland’s. The US use to lead and now the US has traded places with Finland. Finland is leading the world with their investment in children’s education and Individual Learning plans for their children. All teachers are trained in teaching children with disabilites too. The country pays for teachers to go to college and there is not teacher shortage and they pick the best. They offer incentives. The country invests in the children, in their futures.
There is always a movement for educational reform in education but with the economy as it is and students not buying into the whole scene, be need to become more proactive not reative. A nation that works together not just what is in this for me. I agree with a lot of the things discussed but it will take years and money.
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Tyson’s ideas and analysis reflect the realities that many of us in education see now and see coming for our profession, and for the nation. His references to Finland underscore the importance for those who would reform education to address issues beyond teachers and teaching quality.
I’ve been working with a group of teachers at Teacher Leaders Network on a book (Teaching 2030) that addresses many of these same issues from teacher’s perspective. It’s time to lift our view past the edreform bog we seem to have sunken into lately. I welcome Tyson’s challenge of teachers leading!
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Two things were most profound to me with the suggestions for fresh U.S. educational policy.
I agree that transparency is a highly valuable democratic characteristic that goes the wayside when individuals and organizations feel fear with maintaining control. The further a ship sinks, the more the PR machine runs, projecting sea-worthiness.
My rationality agrees that the community and parents have every right to see inside our public schools the same way we expect transparency from our elected officials. Somewhere in reality, however, I find a disconnect. From my experience at my school transparency and communication with parents sometimes begins to decrease (at least in perception) autonomy and status as the learning expert. Most parents are glad to know what’s going on, but some I have seen use that window to throw bricks through it. Perhaps this is an artifact of what Tyson proposes as our lack of sisu; parents and students feel you are for or against them.
The second resonating proposal was the substantial reduction in spending on educational bureaucracy and testing. Earlier on when he was praising Finland’s measures to attract the best and brightest to education I thought, “Yeah, but how much do the Fins may in taxes?” Saving money on those reductions would certainly be a start in paying for those recruitment incentives!
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