February 2012


Good day and welcome to the ISAS teacher conference.   I am delighted to be one of a set of bloggers here today, (find the full set here), and to have collaborated with Chris Bigenho in promoting and arranging a larger social media (twitter and blogging) dimension to the conference.   The host-site where you can follow all the blogging and tweeting is here: http://isastc.wordpress.com/

Chris will be Liveblogging the speakers; my game plan is to try to take a slightly different tack.  For each of the six speakers, I intend to provide a post without a summary/narrative, but with instead three elements:

Resources: pertinent links for learning more.

Takeaways: Things you can do at your school soon from these speakers

Inquiries, or discussion questions:  Conversation starters for faculty/department/administrative meetings to continue the conversation.

First up: Pat Bassett, NAIS President, 2 presentations melded together:
Difficult, Fierce, Conversations & Schools of the Future: 4 Questions.

Resources and Key Points:

Jason Kern’s blog post about Pat’s talk. 

Jennifer Lockett’s blog post about the talk.

Recommended Book: Difficult conversations: How to discuss what matters most, Douglas Stone.

Heather Brothers book, Switch.  Terrific resource about change and psychology. (more…)

Student TEDx talks represent an exciting new avenue for promoting and developing critically important skills for our students, including public speaking and storytelling, and digital video production and communication.  (See my previous post on this:  TEDxYouth: A great opportunity for students to develop and demonstrate 21st c. capacities).

Last November for the first time our students participated in what was the second TEDx event of our regional association, ISAS, Independent School Association of the Southwest, and we are greatly proud of their performances.  I want on behalf of our students and school to thank the ISAS Tech Directors who managed this, and Albuquerque Academy for hosting.

The two talks by our St. Gregory students are below, (click “more” for the second one); they are short and I know you will enjoy them.   I am very pleased with and proud of their presentations, and I am struck by the particular topics they chose, topics gratifyingly aligned with our educational initiatives at St. Gregory.

One of our strong new themes at St. Gregory, and our “tag line” motto, is  Creating Leaders and Innovators, so it is wonderful to hear two of our students speak on the importance of youth entrepreneurship; another major focus here has been on using our new laptop program and a project based learning initiative to support the ongoing development of student-centered and highly interactive classrooms, the subject of the second talk.

Youth Entrepreneurship:

Quotes from the talk:

Why is this change toward youth entrepreneurship happening?  The world is getting smaller, thanks to technology and the internet;  people are now communicating with people they

That this Renaissance is coming should not be a surprise.   Technology is changing every day that hasn’t changed in a hundred or more years.   Books are becoming e-readers; Calculators and slide rules are giving way to a new software called Wolfram-Alpha that does complex mathematical problems over the internet in a matter of seconds.

Young people are changing the face of entrepreneurship, instead of just trying to get money they are following Steve Jobs in trying to change the world.  They are idealistic, they are using the internet to better themselves and their communities. (more…)

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