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The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow's Schools Today - NEW BOOK!

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“I always wanted to be honest with myself and to those who had faith in me.”
– Rafael Nadal 


Have you ever had to “unlearn” something? Do you think Yield Signs are still yellow (as you may have learned), or do you know that they are red?

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What about the planets? Do you still remember the mnemonic device “My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Porcupines (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto)”? Or do you know that Pluto is no longer a planet (due to scientific discoveries between 1992-2000).

Have you ever had to unlearn a concept like leadership or professional learning? Well, Nick Polyak and I have a book coming out in March 2017 with the following title: The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today, with the following chapter titles:

Chapter 1: Unlearning Connection
Chapter 2: Unlearning Planning and the Change Process
Chapter 3: Unlearning “That’s the Way We Have Always Done it”
Chapter 4: Unlearning Fear of Social Media
Chapter 5: Unlearning Professional Development
Chapter 6: Unlearning Leadership

In our book (available for pre-order now and in print in March 2017) we bring the concept of Unlearning to our leadership and influence in education. As part of our writing and discovery, we were recently interviewed by leadership expert Doug Eadie. With permission, I’m reprinting Doug’s blogpost and sharing his podcast where we are interviewed about the upcoming book. As always comments are welcomed and encouraged!

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The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today

A book by Nick Polyak and Mike Lubelfeld

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Reprinted with permission from the Board Savvy Superintendent Blog

Board Savvy Superintendent

Superintendents Michael Lubelfeld and Nicholas Polyak Talk About “The Unlearning Leader”

 • November 30, 2016 

In today’s always changing environment – technologically, culturally, demographically, etc. – an organization’s capacity to innovate and change is the key to long-term success – to thriving and sometimes even surviving. Not systematically innovating and changing are a sure-fire path to failure.  So leading innovation and change is one of the highest priority – and one of the most challenging – functions of nonprofit and public chief executives, including superintendents.  Wearing their “Innovator-in-Chief” hat, superintendents must not only put in place and lead board members and staff through well-designed process for generating innovation initiatives, they’ve also got to play the leading role in overcoming the inevitable and very understandable human resistance to changing in important ways.

In my work with nonprofit and public organizations over the years, I’ve found that people’s resistance to change – even of the most sensible and well-conceived innovation initiatives – can be quite ferocious, principally because of that old demon fear: fear of failing, of being embarrassed, of losing status or ego satisfaction.  And this fear can be an especially insidious enemy of change when a person isn’t consciously aware of it.  I recently witnessed a classic case of unconscious fear at work.  I was facilitating a superintendent’s cabinet work session at which we were batting around the idea of transforming school board members into major league ambassadors of the district, who would be “booked” to speak on behalf of the district in key forums in the community, such as the county commission.  An associate superintendent – a thirty-year veteran who handled the district public relations portfolio – began to raise a number of questions about a variety of things that might go wrong if board members were sent out as district ambassadors, such as a board member veering off topic during a presentation, or getting facts wrong, or expressing personal opinions at odds with other board members, or……..on and on and on.  After sitting through this monologue for fifteen minutes I realized that I was once again hearing from a self-proclaimed devil’s advocate who, although no doubt well-meaning, was engaged in what I call “killing change with a thousand sensible questions.”  I have absolutely no doubt that she was fearful of losing control and status, albeit unconsciously.

In light of the tremendous importance of systematic innovation in the K-12 sector, Mike Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak’s forthcoming book, The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today (due out from Roman and Littlefield in spring 2017) is a welcome addition to the K-12 leadership literature.  The unifying theme of their book is that in order for significant innovation to take place in a district, board members, executives, and staff must engage in unlearning traditional assumptions and practices in all functional areas, clearing the way for essential new learning to take place.  Looking over Mike and Nick’s manuscript, I was pleased to see that they pay close attention to a subject that this blog has addressed in recent articles:  the innovation planning process.  Observing that traditional five-year strategic planning is a largely ineffective district tool in these changing times, Mike and Nick go on to discuss how plans can be turned into action, the key role of mission and vision as drivers of change, and the human resource dimension of implementing planned change.


The podcast that Mike and Nick have recorded for www.boardsavvysuperintendent.comprovides a great introduction to a powerful new book that you’ll want to add to your leadership library.b2ap3_thumbnail_suptchat.png

 

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Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D. Mike currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the Deerfield, IL Public Schools (District 109).  Mike is married and is the father of two young children. He lives and works in suburban Chicago. Mike attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in criminal justice. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching and Educational Specialist in administration and supervision from National-Louis University. Mike earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago, where his published dissertation was on Effective Instruction in Middle School Social Studies. Mike has had a variety of experiences as an educational professional. He began his educational career as an elementary and middle school teacher, prior to assuming roles of associate principal and principal at the middle school level, and as an assistant superintendent for personnel services (PK-8). He is also on the adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. He can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld and he is the co-moderator of #suptchat - the superintendent educational chat on Twitter with Nick Polyak, and he and Polyak co-authored the book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today (Rowman-Littlefield Publishers).


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION,


Presentations, Certifications


American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent Certification Program (2014-2016)


Illinois School of Advanced Leadership (ISAL) through the IASA and Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI) Earned title of Fellow (2012-2014)


2017 - Keynote presenter & breakout presenter EdTechTeam Leadership Symposia (OH, CA)


2016 - Presenter at the IASA State Superintendent Conference - Social Media for Supts.


2016 - Co-facilitator IASA Aspiring Superintendent Academy


2016- Co-Director Legislation for the Lake County Superintendents


2015, 2016, 2017 – Presenter at the AASA National Council in Ed – Social Media for Supts.


2015 – Co-Presenter at Suburban Superintendent Roundtable for Northern Illinoishttp://t.co/x8Ls5Ddg00


2015 – Presenter at IASBO A New Design Frontier for Next Generation Learning


2015 – Panelist Leading for Transformative Change at Tech & Learning Live Chicago


2015 – Presenter at Illinois CTO Summit (Center for Digital Education and the Illinois Educational Technology Leaders (IETL)) Leadership and Vision


2015 – Presentation at Discovery Education Superintendent Digital Transition Symposium in Washington, D.C.Telling Our Story: Innovation in DPS109


2015 Presentations at Joint Annual Conference - Social Media for Superintendents and Effective Building Design


2015 Presenter at Illinois Association of School Administrators Annual Conference


2014-present Co-moderate national/international monthly Twitter chat #suptchat


2011 Illinois ASCD Leadership Institute Presenter – Using Danielson Frameworks


 


Publications


Bullis B., Filippi J., Lubelfeld M. (2016). I Hear What You’re Saying...And I Respect You. Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Summer 2016/Volume 13. No.2, 44-54.


 


In Publication: Bullis B., Filippi J., Lubelfeld M. (2017). Managing Up. Principal (NAESP)


 


Bullis B., Filippi J., Lubelfeld M. (2016). Reimagined NGSS learning spaces: Principals as holistic school improvement leaders. Principal Leadership, 52-54.


 


Himebaugh G., Lubelfeld M. (2016). Inspiring a Shared Vision. Update, Spring (Leadership Issue), 24-29.


 


Lubelfeld M. Rev. of Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions, by Lucy Calkins.ILASCD Summer Newsletter, Summer 2016, Volume 62, No. 2: 25-27.


 


Lubelfeld M., Polyak N. (2017). The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today. Lathan, MD: Rowman-Littlefield. -March 2017


 


Lubelfeld M., Polyak N., Seibert A. (2016). Leaders in Learning Through AASA’s Digital Consortium. School Administrator, February, 32-33.


 


Other (Memberships, other experiences)


Member:


Suburban Schools Superintendents (SSS)


Illinois & American Association of School Administrators (IASA/AASA,


National Association of School Superintendents (NASS)


Ed Leader 21 Member


Illinois & Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD/ILASCD),


Illinois & American Association of School Business Officials (IASBO),


The Horace Mann League of the USA,


Rotary Club of Deerfield, IL (Secretary 2014-16)


Advisory board member for the Digital Consortium (AASA)


2016 Superintendent Advisory Council - Center for Digital Education


Member Education Advisory Board - Hon. Bob Dold, U.S. Congressman 10th District


Member of Community Advisory Committee on Education – Rep. Scott Drury (IL-58th)


Twitter http://twitter.com/mikelubelfeld


Bilingual (English/Spanish)


Enrolled in intensive Spanish language and Mexican culture classes at the Cuauhnahuac Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico; lived with Mexican family, 1992


 


Awards/Recognition


INSPRA video website


NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) Superintendents to Watch 2015-2016


2016 LifeTouch Memory Mission to the Dominican Republic represented the AASA


NASS (National Assn of School Superintendents) Superintendent of the Year 2015 Finalist


INSPRA (IL Chapter NSPRA) 2014 Distinguished Service Award of Excellence - Superintendent’s Task Force for Middle Level Education


The science labs won the Learning by Design Award for “Outstanding Project” in the Spring of 2016 as well as an Award of Merit in the Exhibition of Educational Environments Awards at the Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association of School Boards, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials in 2015.  


 


DPS109 Science lab project was featured:


Johnsos, C., Monberg, G. (2015). Built on Value. Update, Fall (Facilties Isssue), 30-33.


 


Ullman, E. (2016). The Intelligent Use of Space. Tech & Learning Volume 36, Number 5, 34-38.


 


Received a 1997 Award of Excellence for Caring to Challenge, from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)


Selected to represent Illinois on the Social Studies Teachers’ Study Seminar in Germany, sponsored by the ICSS and the Armonk Institute, 1995


 


Additional -podcasts and edu talk radio interviews


Quoted in:


Gravel. R.J. (2015). Discover, Acknowledge, Commit: Guidelines for Adopting Administrative Software. School Administrator, December, 44-45.


DPS109 Science lab project was featured:


Johnsos, C., Monberg, G. (2015). Built on Value. Update, Fall (Facilties Isssue), 30-33.


 


Ullman, E. (2016). The Intelligent Use of Space. Tech & Learning Volume 36, Number 5, 34-38.


 


Received a 1997 Award of Excellence for Caring to Challenge, from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)


Selected to represent Illinois on the Social Studies Teachers’ Study Seminar in Germany, sponsored by the ICSS and the Armonk Institute, 1995

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