Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written eight books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015). All of his books are available on Amazon.com or through his Web site, FrederickLane.com.

  • Cybertraps - problems that people have dealt with for many years
  • Technology makes things easier.
  • We don’t have a good clearinghouse across the country.
  • Don’t need technology to be a predator.
  • Slippery slope of boundary violations.
  • Most common cybertraps: productivity within the school environment, oversharing of personal information, use of social media to start or engage in an inappropriate relationship.
  • Digital technology has a leveling effect.
  • Personal information about someone is not helpful in the education environment.
  • You don’t need to share information with your students in order to have a relationship with them.
  • Responsibility to educate students about technology.
  • Idea that smartphones need to have a learner’s permit.
  • Cell phones are the equivalent of high powered equipment that needs training and supervision.
  • Kids are experts in the operation of technology.
  • Our current adult generation was blindsided by the introduction of technology.
  • Develop ways of thinking about this to fold new technology into appropriate social interactions.
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Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota.

  • Her generation doesn’t feel that people are coming in to take away their culture.
  • There’s nothing we can’t learn from each other.
  • How to help kids choose to be in education: Be that outstanding teacher!
  • Having authentic conversations.
  • History of Indian Education in America.
  • Boarding schools were opened up. Goal was to assimilate the natives.
  • Have to be willing to learn to respect their culture.
  • Pow-Wows are very vital.
  • Community
  • Being fair, being willing to learn from others.
  • To help students, you need to have a good relationship.
  • Pair people up with support staff.
  • Providing resources for students as they are growing and developing.
  • Mediators help bridge the gap.
  • How paraprofessionals can help. They need lots of training.
  • In the eyes of the student, there is not much difference between paraprofessionals and teachers.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Maintain work-life balance, be authentic and have authentic conversations.
  • Expect teachers to be accountable for their work.
  • Twitter is a educational toolbox.

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Kara is an assistant principal at Edwin Lowe Elementary in New Town North Dakota.

  • Grew up Cheyenne-Sioux South Dakota.
  • Foster education.
  • Emancipated as a young adult.
  • Knew what it took to survive in life.
  • Dropped out of High School.
  • Started school again in her 20s.
  • Life on the reservation due to socio-economic and other issues.
  • She saw the world starting to pass her by.
  • Writing a paragraph sounds so simple to most people, but it is very difficult if you haven’t done it in 14 years.
  • Working on a Doctorate.
  • So much to give back now to others.
  • No student cannot succeed when they have the resources to be successful.
  • Uncle was a good mentor.
  • Making connections instructors.
  • Not being afraid to ask questions that were on my mind.
  • Most people want to help others.
  • You have to be open to saying “I don’t know”
  • You have to be reflective.
  • Be reflective in your successes.
  • Need to relax, slow down, and wait for things to happen.
  • Felt drawn back to the reservation.
  • Groomed to teach in Bismarck, but felt that working on a reservation would be more appropriate.
  • Throw-away kids - Kara wants to advocate for them.

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Teacher-led Professional Development with Nathan Adams Transformative Principal 107

Nathan has been a special education teacher for 8 years. He has taught in middle, high, and elementary levels.

  • Teacher led professional development
  • Sponsored by the local teacher’s union.
  • Joined the union that has supported him, in an effort to give back.
  • Idea of helping general education teachers and special education teachers understand the needs of each other.
  • Brotherhood of professionals.
  • Need to find a way to offer this for credit to improve skills but also have incentive.
  • NEA grant that supported professional development for teachers teaching teachers.
  • Institute for Professional Development.
  • Will align in the future to make the district PD calendar aligned with what the association is wanting.
  • Surveyed members to determine what they wanted to learn.
  • This is a perk/benefit for the members of the association.
  • Challenge is finding the time to make this happen.
  • Highlights: Teachers posted what they found beneficial from the courses.
  • Google Certified Teacher, Level I and II.
  • Teachers were responsive to the things they were learning.
  • Advice: Continue to use good teaching strategies. But don’t be demeaning.
  • District started doing magnet schools.
  • Principal that just started in the position.
  • Teacher leader for educational technology.
  • Personable leader, understands the field, understands the kids.
  • Ambassador as a teacher.
  • Weekly email from the principal.
  • Staff meetings are held in a different teacher’s classroom each week.
  • What are we going to do that week that is interesting?
  • Principal asks how he can support us.
  • How to be a transformative principal: Trust the people that are working for you.

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Kristin Bentley is a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school.

She created an awesome app that helps manage classroom behavior: Color My Day

Introductory Video

  • Why use this rather than Class Dojo.
  • Think Time forms and Office Discipline Referrals are built-in to the app.
  • Shoutout to Tricia Skyles
  • ODRs going down means nothing if teacher morale is going up.
  • The process of creating an app from the ground up.
  • Crayons and paper
  • Lucidchart
  • Found a graphic designer.
  • Found a programmer.
  • Tell people about your ideas, find out what people are looking for in their schools.
  • Do something to make people’92s lives easier.
  • Make sure it is not something extra for teachers or admins to implement.
  • Need 3 people: Expert, designer, and developer.
  • Three ways to get it off the ground: pay someone, find someone to buy into your vision, find investors.
  • Planbook
  • Support teachers who are building apps to support students.

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Color My Day with Kristin Bentley Transformative Principal 105


Kristin Bentley is a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school.

She created an awesome app that helps manage classroom behavior: Color My Day

  • Using card pulls is not very effective.
  • Clip charts use separate clips to show that positive and negative behavior.
  • The two clips gave the ’93naughty’94 kids a chance to have a good day.
  • Goal for card pulls is to stay positive.
  • Card pulls don’92t give chances for kids to see what they can accomplish.
  • Clips change kids self-esteem.
  • Physical chart helps kids see and experience changes. Digital version allows teachers to collect and analyze data.
  • Think Time form allows student to fill out the form with teacher and record it in the app.
  • Data is collected school-wide and allows teachers to customize their individual reasons for clips up and down.
  • Digital version of clip chart allows teachers to have data to collect and prepare for RTI, special ed referrals, and more.
  • The app keeps track of the ratio of positive to negative ratios.
  • Very powerful for teachers to see how they are interacting with their students.
  • Teaches them a truth that we are both good and bad, and not just one or the other.
  • Discounts available by mentioning this podcast. Huge discount for teachers.
  • colormydaykids.com colormydaykids@gmail.com.

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Principal of South Heights Elementary in his 20th year. Rob doesn’t just look at his students currently, he has a much bigger vision of what they can accomplish and how they can make life better forever. Rob keeps in contact with kids who went to The 1199 many years ago and makes sure that they can still find ways to be successful.

  • Special things you do during Christmas for your schools
  • You can be an awesome combination of tradition and innovation.
  • We celebrate all of our holidays.
  • We take all of our kids to a movie.
  • Santa’s Treasure Island Mall!
  • Most schools going away from all this extra stuff, and it seems you are going toward it full steam ahead!
  • Work hard, play hard, succeed!
  • Neighborhood Christmas parade.
  • Go big or go home.
  • How has the community changed since you’ve been doing these things?
  • This school not prison, so let’s make it enjoyable.
  • Big ideas are going to happen. People are willing to go out and make it happen.
  • People are willing to come in and do extra as well.
  • Expensive endeavors require the community to buy in.
  • People like to be part of something bigger than themselves.
  • People look at their budget and try to see what they can do, and that is the wrong way, they need to find their ideas and make their budget work how they need it.
  • We do lots of recruiting to find the right people.
  • Non traditional interview methods.
  • Kids interview them first.
  • All about getting inside their head. Interested in what they think.
  • We want people that want to be at South Heights.
  • We can’t handle mediocre.
  • There’s no better identifier of authenticity than the kids.
  • Kids interview applicant, teacher support interviews kids to see what they think.
  • If you can’t handle being interviewed by a bunch of kids, you might not be able to handle 30 kindergarteners.
  • How to be a transformative principal? You’ve got to understand it is not about you, it is about them. It is about building people up.

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