Interviewing Ken Wallace (@KenWallace207) | Wisdom & Productivity | #TeachBetter #TBPodcaster | Full episode: https://youtu.be/ukazcWDBO1M
Ken Wallace is the superintendent at Maine Township High School District 207
Ken Wallace is 61 years old; grandfather was in WWII; high school coach was influential in how to create #learning; how to create situations where human get to be better. // collective efficacy // was an English teacher in search of how to support others be their very best// we tend to focus on students learning but often neglect adult learning (pathway to grow adults)
Teacher as a coach
Teacher as a coach; get kids addicted to learning // what inhibits learning is usually punishment for being wrong; students are to know that failure is useful// every teacher has a coach in Maine Township for their entire career // coaching for adults has been transformational // in search of finding the best of themselves // not leaving anyone behind
Superintendent advice on coaching
The purest form of evaluation should not be evaluative; apply the science of learning// cooperative learning; scientific
Aspect// apply multiple strategies // partnerships with Northwestern and NLU // design principles: teacher-learners // practice at the metacognitive level
Farmer, construction experience, HS English teacher, Wrestling Coach, AP, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction // in 2009 hired by Maine Township (longest tenure) // importance of growing other people; one as a gardener // distribute ownership; grow your own// how to you arm yourself to meet the needs of thins world // take your ego out // about charismatic leaders // you are never done
What Principals Don’t Know Yet?
Politics / involvement // try to look at the work as a coach // make people be their best // reporting to 7 board members // 24/7 job // you are the subject matter expert and you also need to educate board members
Like in Back to the Future, what would you tell the Ken Wallace of the Past?
2 teachers // more about the question than the answer
Be about the work, not about your brand // have a foundation
Mountain bike; be healthy, take care of yourself // organizations are seen from above and at the granular level // science of exercise