"SummerAdminCore helped us re-ignite our technology planning and it was a great experience mixing admins and tech directors!"
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from one of the 2011
---Daniel McDonough, Associate Headmaster, Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth, RI (SummerAdminCore 2011)
- an intensive two day workshop for the two or three people who will help move your school forward with technology
- a key administrator, hopefully the Head of School but in some schools the Asst Head
- a key tech person, hopefully the Director of Technology or CIO but in some schools the Academic Tech Director or Library Director
- the library director who is a key player in all schools since their mission has long required that we have strong tech skills
and that we network within and beyond our schools. The changing landscape of information sources, budgets, infrastructure,
and policies requires constant learning and planning, and so the Library Director would be a key person to attend SummerAdminCore!
- a tech blend of
Jim Collins "Good to Great" Philosophy on the
Importance of Consensus Decisions,
Contrarian Guide to Leadership
see my notes on the bottom of this page for clarity on this!
The Format: 21 Hours
- Two people from each school must attend; no more than 5 schools allowed
- Day 1: We begin Monday at 12 noon, allowing people from around the country to fly in Monday morning if desired. We meet as a group non-stop from 12noon to 9PM, with working meals (9 hours)
- Day 2: We meet as a group non-stop from 9AM to 9PM with working meals (12 hours)
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SummercoreAdminCore is an intensive two day 21 hour
leadership workshop run by Steve Bergen for the two people who will
help move your school forward ("evolution not revolution") with technology. The signup for the two day Summercore must be the combination of a key administrator,
(hopefully the Head of School, but in some schools the Asst Head) plus
a key tech person (hopefully the Director of Technology, but in some
schools the Academic Tech Director). We are currently seeking several host schools for this two day workshop to be held in August 2013 or September 2013.
See summercore33.com/sac for more details!
The Content & The Goal
- a small part will be content whenever it is clear that one or more people have never encountered a topic
- a large component will be issues and strategies to move your school forward; you can get an inking of the topics by reading carefully through the
NAIS 2007 webpage and the TEDX talk that I gave in March 2011
- an important component will be group format consulting where each of the up to 10 schools present issues and concerns
- Topics include:
Admin Team issues,
Curriculum in technology is directly related to skills and probably the source of the most disconnect amongst tech people
Distributing info to parents,
Ebooks and Ereaders have to figure into the planning for 2011-2016 ... How Johny Will Read
Facebook and social networking sites,
Faculty training, use of faculty meetings, out of the box approaches remain an important part of 2011-2016 planning
Hardware purchasing is a road paved with past and future failures
Internet Safety issues,
iPads may represent one of the rare technologies that goes from invention to "gotta have" in just a few yearss
Parent issues, education, workshops, tech awareness and synergy must be an important part of 2011-2016
Pushing beyond the Plateau,
Student staff creation is a powerful win/win
- The goal is for each school team to create the outline of a 5 Year Plan for creating a significant evolution (not revolution) at your school
The Cost & The Sign Up Procedures
- $2500 per school for the team of two people, all meals provided
- 20% discount for the host school team of two people
- Each team of two people is responsible for own hotel accomodations
- Each participant team will be asked to respond to a survey about his/her school
- One person from each team will be asked to have a phone interview before being accepted into the program to make sure this is a good match
- Feel free to call me any evening 6-10 PM NYC time or any time on a weekend (8 AM -10 PM NYC time) for more info (Steve Bergen, 781-953-9699)
A Blend of Mythbusters, Jim Collins, Freakonomics and Steven Sample
Technology is here in our world -- like marriage -- for better and for worse. Back in 1984, I gave a speech about educational software vs soft education and in the 25 plus years since, we have seen those fears come true. We have math teachers throughout our country who believe that the times tables is no longer important because of technology. We have many accepted notions regarding technology in our schools that need to be challenge and changed! No one does that better with examples than the TV series Mythbusters and the authors of Freakonomics. In order to move our schools forward, we need to challenge many assumptions that have become accepted in the last 25 plus years and take a Steven Sample contrarian view of everything from internet safety to using cell phones in schools. And so there will be lots of disagreement and shouting -- "eyeballs to eyeballs" as Jim Collins says -- during our 21 hours together. There will be many "contrarian points of view" put on the table during our 21 hours together and will challenge many educational assumptions. We are seeking "intelligent not consensus" decisions to once again quote Collins. If you are not prepared for this type of workshop, this is the wrong session to signup for!
- "We are missing the boat. Pushing the envelope of skills is what it is all about. We need to be teaching spreadsheet skills and computer graphic skills to all students. S is also for Internet safety."