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Monday, January 4, 2021


I recently read 10 Mindframes for Leaders: The VISIBLE LEARNING(R) Approach to School Success, a book edited by John Hattie and Raymond Smith (2020).

In this relatively short book, JH/RS have enlisted other prominent leaders in the learning-causation field to contribute chapters.  Those contributors include the likes of Micheal Fullan, Zaretta Hammond, Sugara Mitra, Dylan Wilam, and others.  It was quite a coup to get their participation, and the product is a superb book to help guide us educator types as we continually search for better and more effective ways to improve schools AND the learning outcomes of the students who attend those schools. 

My favorite quote from the book:

As Simon Sinek (2019) claims, a “Just Cause” is a specific vision about the future that does not yet exist, a future state so appealing that people are willing to make sacrifices in order to help advance toward that vision. Our notion of the Just Cause for schooling is for school leaders and teachers to create a learning environment where children want to come to learn, want to invest in learning, enjoy the mastery of learning, and are invited to reinvest in learning. We want schools to be places where children are taught precious knowledge, heritages of themselves and others, respect for self and others, and how to participate in the rule of law and fundamental premises of a democracy. We desire for schools to be inviting places where children want to explore, create, be curious, and relate and transfer ideas, as these are the very attributes we would want them to explore and exhibit when they are adults...We believe the best way to do the above is to create an environment in which information can flow freely, mistakes can be comfortably made, and teaching can be offered and received in a way all students feel safe.” (p. 116)

It's well worth the time, and would be an excellent resource around which to have team book studies, either at the school district or campus level.

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