For seven years, Education Week has been recognizing outstanding school district leaders with its annual Leaders To Learn From report and live event. Throughout those seven years, we’ve produced some outstanding video as well – including inspirational video profiles of our honorees and recordings of thought-provoking presentations from our events. Below is a list of our top 10 videos (selected by our editors). More leadership videos are available at video.edweek.org.
1. What Is a Growth Mindset?
Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” defines the growth mindset concept in this one-minute explainer.
2. The Journey to a Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck’s Live Keynote Presentation
Renowned psychologist and author Carol Dweck discusses how her research around growth mindsets is sometimes being misinterpreted or poorly implemented. This hour-long presentation was part of our 2016 live event and has been viewed over 15,000 times.
3. What Is Grit? Should Schools Be Judged for How ‘Gritty’ Students Are? Angela Duckworth
Angela Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist and author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” defines grit and explains how it should be used in schools in this one-minute video.
4. How Schools Can Accomplish More by Doing Less – Mike Schmoker
In this hour-long keynote presentation from our 2017 live event, Mike Schmoker, author of “Leading With Focus,” highlights the three most essential elements of good schooling and pinpoints where schools should focus their precious time and resources.
5. Three Keys for Maximizing Leadership Impact – Michael Fullan
Michael Fullan, adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, Canada, describes how school leadership can maximize impact in his hour-long keynote address at our 2015 event.
6. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. Discusses His Childhood, ESSA, and More
Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. discussed the challenges and opportunities facing schools in this half-hour session from our 2016 event.
7. Education-Leadership Lightning Talks: Confronting Poverty, Teachers as Chemists, and Racial Equity
Former Leader to Learn From honorees Tiffany Anderson, Dennis Creedon, and Valeria Silva share insights and learnings from the years they’ve spent as district leaders. Their short presentations (20 minutes in all) were part of our 2016 event.
8. A Passion for Arts Education – Interview With Dennis Creedon
For Leader to Learn From Dennis Creedon, his own childhood experiences with arts therapy inspired his mission to integrate arts education with academic learning. The assistant superintendent of the Philadelphia school district talks about his work championing the arts in the classroom in this short interview.
9. Leaders to Learn From: Tiffany Anderson
Tiffany Anderson, a 2015 Leader to Learn From, recognized that to improve her students’ performance in the classroom, she first had to address their needs outside of the classroom. See Anderson in action in this profile from 2015.
10. Bringing Play Back to Kindergarten Classrooms – Meet Steve Oates
Steve Oates, a veteran teacher of 1st-graders, led an initiative to bring play back to kindergarten classrooms in North Carolina’s Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district. He was honored as a Leader to Learn From in 2016. See him in action in this video profile.
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