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SEEing to Lead

Apr 18, 2022

Lainie Rowell is an educator, international consultant, podcaster, and TEDx speaker. She is the lead author of Evolving Learner and a contributing author of Because of a Teacher. Her latest book, Evolving with Gratitude, will be released in mid-2022. An experienced teacher and district leader, her areas of focus include learner-driven design, community building, online/blended learning, and professional learning. Lainie’s work has been highlighted in many publications, including Edutopia, OC Family Magazine, and PBS News Hour. Since 2014, Lainie has been a consultant for the Orange County Department of Education's Institute for Leadership Development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gratitude helps us cope with stress, regulate emotions, physiological health, and energizes learning.
  • Gratitude becomes contagious.
  • You need to model everything you want to see.
  • Sticky note compliments as a strategy.
  • The Cycle of Inquiry is not meant to be linear.
  • The word “priority” was never supposed to be plural.
  • Use the “It would be cool if…” prompt by Dr. Novak.
  • Teacher learning needs to be ongoing and job embedded.
  • Look to implement a community of inquiry cycle in your school.
  • Make sure you avoid the “comparison hangover”.


Twitter: @LainieRowell




Evolving Learner

Because of a Teacher

Podcast - Lemonade Learning

TEDx - Learn Like a Kid

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