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Brad Fischer

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Lead Like The Easter Bunny Part 2: Is Your Organization Running at Optimal Performance?

Posted by Brad Fischer on April 25, 2019

 

Now that you are Leading Like the Easter Bunny, I offer four more tips and sample questions for reflection that will help ensure you are getting the most from your team:

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Topics: leadership

Lead Like the Easter Bunny

Posted by Brad Fischer on April 23, 2019

I don’t mean to boast, but I’m the dapper, long-eared smiling rabbit in the photo. A few years ago on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon, I became the Easter Bunny for the Danville Kiwanis Easter egg hunt. I gave out hugs, high fives, and photo ops with babies, little kids, big kids, and even adults. I stood in the center of a grassy field surrounded by thousands of eggs and watched kids ages 9 and under scurry to the colorful spots wrapping their tiny fingers around the eggs and plopping them into their decorative baskets. Perched on a bridge, I also had the pleasure of pulling the “release hatch” on a giant basket filled with hundreds of rubber duckies to start the duck race contest down White Lick Creek.

After my debut as the furry friend, I began reflecting on my experiences of the afternoon. Oddly, the lessons learned seemed eerily familiar to some of my experiences as a technology leader. And so, whether you are taking on the role of Easter Bunny or trying to become a better leader, I offer the following suggestions:

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Topics: leadership

8 Ways for Admins to Release the Power of PyxisEdu

Posted by Brad Fischer on November 15, 2018

Your school has a shiny new PyxisEdu subscription. Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step in providing your teachers a personalized approach to professional development! As a building leader, you understand the powerful benefits that PyxisEdu provides for your teachers. You know about the resources rooted in strong pedagogy, the professional growth tracking, and the digital badging that helps your teachers display their strengths and interests. You can’t wait to see how your staff uses this new program to amplify their professional learning.

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Topics: professional development, administrators, personalized learning

Mindset Shift: Gearing Up for Failure

Posted by Brad Fischer on June 19, 2018

While watching the Indy 500, I began wondering how the amazing drivers got their start. I imagine my two daughters each tucked inside the cockpit of the car revving the engines in anticipation of the start. Over the roar of the engines, I shout my instructions: “OK, girls, here’s what you gotta do. Just step on the gas, hold onto the steering wheel, and stay between the two walls. You got this.” And with a strong slap on the back and push out of the pit, Anna Mae and Lizzie accelerate to 220 MPH, begin zig-zagging around all the other cars - instantly proving they have what it takes to be a IndyCar champion.

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Topics: failure, growth mindset, education

The Truth about What is True: Teaching Students How to Think

Posted by Brad Fischer on September 29, 2016

This just in:

  • Inner-city crime in the United States is reaching record levels. (Source: Donald Trump).
  • You are three times more likely to be able to get a mortgage if you’re a white applicant than if you’re a black or Hispanic, even if you have the same credentials. (Source: Hillary Clinton)
  • Due to a shortage of men, Iceland will pay $5,000 per month to immigrants who marry Icelandic women. (Source: Email from random person.)
  • If you say “Candyman, Candyman, Candyman” in the closet with your lights off, the candyman will stick a poisonous lollypop up your mouth and it will kill you. (Source: My 9-year-old daughter’s friend).
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Topics: critical thinking, logical thinking, problem solving, questioning, teaching strategies

Google Leadership Symposium Brings A Healthy Disregard For The Impossible

Posted by Brad Fischer on October 23, 2015

Too often a school’s recipe for technology integration feels something like the following:

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Topics: Google, Integration Services, education, leadership