School boards have been largely ignored in the educational reforms of the past thirty years. Local control as we have understood it no longer exists. Yet there is an opportunity for school boards to play a central role in transforming their schools, if they work on vision and engaging with both internal and external stakeholders.
School board members must scan the environment to understand how the world is changing. You cannot create a vision for the future if you do not have some familiarity with how the world is changing.
One way to quickly keep up is to subscribe to blogs and websites that are thinking and talking about change and education. You can easily use google reader to keep up on what's happening. It is time to get started.
Create a gmail account (if you don't already have one). A gmail account is rapidly becoming the equivalent of a social security number. You will not be able to participate in the new world without one.
Then, set up google reader. You are now ready to subscribe to blogs and websites whose author's are thinking and talking about change in the world and education. To add sites to your google reader:
Find a site you are interested in following.
|Click on the RSS icon found on the web page. |
Subscribe to feed using google
Click on google reader.
If you have an ipad, download the app flipboard, which formats your feeds in a magazine-style format, making it very easy and enjoyable to read.
Here are a few websites to get you started.
TEDTalks- Each year, the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference hosts some of the world's most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. These podcasts (also available in audio format) capture the most extraordinary presentations delivered from the TED stage.
- Keynote speaker at the 2011 WASB convention