What Makes a Good Team

APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY AND THE LANGUAGE OF EXPLORATION   Throughout the transformational processes, it is essential to recognize the power of Appreciative Inquiry to see into the whole system through the strengths and possibilities that lie at the core.  By identifying the positives that work

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: The Whole Organization, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Deeper Learning in Our Schools: Our Shared Voices

Deeper Learning in Our Schools: Our Shared Voices by Susie Morice At the heart of human-centered school transformation we find a pumping culture of deep learning.  Not just the text-driven, test-driven, industrial revolution-driven model of do-more-and-do-faster learning, we, instead, are striving for the learning that

By | April 23rd, 2017|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

Dr. Henke’s Comments to Our Funders

Speech to Potential Funders, February 28, 2017 Linda Henke, Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership Do you ever wonder why, with all of the schools in America, there is so much similarity among them?  Given the amazing diversity in our country, wouldn’t you imagine

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

The Course for Human-Centered Design

TWO THINGS:  Check out IDEO's Design Kit:  https://www.ideo.com/us/post/design-kit The IDEO organization is offering a free 7-week course.  Open for registration now! What is Human-Centered Design? Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving and the backbone of our work at IDEA.org.  It's a process

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

Dr. Davis shares a colleague’s post…

Team, I wanted to share this blog post from one of my colleagues in the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum, of which I am a member. We are tackling issues in FFSD that are germane to this country if not globally. Here is a great perspective

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

Coaching, Data, and Practice Build a Winning Team

Coaching, Data, and Practice Builds a Winning Team by Dr. Joe Davis If you watch professional football, baseball, or basketball, you expect to see the coach on the sidelines. In fact, it would be strange not to see the coach, right? The coach is there

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Coaching, The Whole Organization, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Collective Aspiration

           Collective Aspiration:  What Does It Look Like and Sound Like?                          Superintendent Davis Demonstrates by Linda Henke The Santa Fe Center’s Transforming School Triangle suggests three critical contributors to a transforming school. In the bottom left hand corner of the triangle is a set

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

Looking at Action Research in F-F: McCluer North & Commons Lane at Work

  Looking at Action Research in F-F: McCluer North and Commons Lane at Work Susie Morice, Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership More than a dozen Ferguson-Florissant schools are engaging in the processes of action research.  Multiple goals are at play.  Action research teams,

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Coaching, The Whole Organization|0 Comments

Fullan’s Look at Deeper Learning

Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy offer us an important view of deeper learning and how we get at powerful models of teaching and learning. "The new pedagogies require students to create new knowledge and connect it to the world by using the power of digital tools."

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: The Whole Organization, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ferguson MS Action Research Team Plans New Garden!

THE FERGUSON MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTION RESEARCH TEAM IS HARD AT WORK DESIGNING A NEW GARDEN!

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: The Whole Organization, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Transformational Supervision Students Hard at Work

WHAT A PASSIONATE GROUP OF LEADERS!

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: The Whole Organization, Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Few Seconds on Discipline

This 58-second video presents a perspective worth a moment in your busy day! "No More Detention"

By | September 29th, 2016|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

Power of Relationships from Dr. Henke…

The Power of Relationships in Transforming Organizations Most of us in education recognize the importance of relationships in the classroom and the school.  In truth, there are few things more powerful as we work to transform our schools than deep commitments to one another as

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Questions to Ponder|0 Comments

Dr. Adrienne Bland on Elena Aguilar’s Art of Coaching…

Inspiring! Reached the core of my beliefs! Elena Aguilar challenged everyone attending the Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation workshop to be courageous and demand equity for all students. Aguilar uses transformational coaching to serve students. She has developed a comprehensive guide to coaching for educators,

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Coaching|0 Comments

Transformation and Reform from Dr. Henke…

So How Is School Reform Different from School Transformation? People often ask about the difference between school reform and school transformation.  I have yet to offer an adequately nuanced explanation, but I recently stumbled upon a line by Peter Senge that does a darn good

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: The Whole Organization|0 Comments

From Dr. Joe Davis…

From Dr. Joe Davis, Superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District I had a great time at the Summer Institute for Excellence in School Leadership at Washington University.  There is just something inspiring about being on the campus of an institution with a great reputation and history

By | July 15th, 2016|Categories: Celebration|0 Comments

Summer Reading for Transformation from Dr. Henke

Summer Reading for Transformation from Dr. Linda Henke, Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership  Are you looking for some good summer reading for the beach? Below I’ve listed a few books that I think you will find really useful as you move forward with

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Reading|0 Comments

From Dr. Linda Henke… June 17, 2016

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction.   Jim Rohn From Dr. Linda Henke, Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership I hope all of you have had an opportunity to relax and reflect a bit following the intense immersion experience

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Video Clips|0 Comments

How Will You Step Into Your Greatness?

Stepping into your own greatness sometimes takes baby steps and sometimes looks like a confident stride.  But being mindful is crucial as we think through what we will do personally to use our learning around Design, Metaphors, Transformation, Appreciative Inquiry, and Systems Thinking.  How might you

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Questions to Ponder|0 Comments

What will you do to think as a designer?

As we open our days to the new sunrises of transformation, we begin to think as designers.  What sorts of things will you do to think as a designer?  HOW MIGHT WE…?

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Questions to Ponder|0 Comments

Insights and Take-aways

Each day of the Summer Institute affords new understandings.  Some of the take-aways from the Institute include these participant insights... Lisa Hazel, Assistant Superintendent, is "looking for possibilities!  The leadership institute has been a great opportunity for us to learn with and through each other as

By | June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Reactions to Summer Institute|2 Comments

The Work of Transforming

Transforming is an act of metamorphosis…of changing from one thing to another.  Bringing us together to change us all, no simple task, perhaps does take a seemingly simple mindset:  we are all in this together to make learning better for our students and ourselves.  We are

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Reactions to Summer Institute|0 Comments

Summer Institute at Washington University!

Educators will come together for seven days in June to create something extraordinary. In the spirit of collaboration and commitment to the children of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, we will dig deep into these learning arenas: Building an ethic of excellence Patterns and practices that

By | May 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Growth Mindset vs Compliance Model

Moving from a compliance model of supervision toward a growth mindset requires effective coaching relationships. Building a skill set to make this shift is necessary to address issues and problems.  And none of that happens if we don't see ourselves as learning together in the spirit

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: Reactions to Summer Institute|0 Comments

Welcome to the Ferguson-Florissant Transformation Project BLOG!

Welcome to the BLOG for the Ferguson-Florissant Transformation Project. We will be posting about our experiences, our insights, and our discoveries as we work together, partnering for student success. Look here for professional discourse from our teachers, our administrators, and our partners. We will be

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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