A friend of mine is a horticulturist and she always tells me that deadheading flowers is “a must!” in order to sustain continual growth. So while enjoying a morning coffee on the weekend I realized that I had better pull off the dead flowers so that new flowers can grow before she finds out! While I was deadheading I began to think about the up coming school year how exciting it is going to be. Last year our staff had a successful year of learning how to move students towards independence so that they can ‘hand the reins’ over to the students using the Gradual Release of Responsibility model (@Whatedsaid refers to this model in her Feb. 16, 2011 post). This model sets the teacher up for success in terms of effectively letting go of control that is so imperative for 21st Century learning environments. Akevy Greenblatt’s recent post “Technology does not equal 21 Century Learning” reminds us that facilitating learning is one of the essentials for a 21 century classroom. As our teachers build their capacity in this area, a model that matches 21st century learning is beginning to replace the traditional model of the classroom. Essentially, we are deadheading structures in the traditional classroom that do not allow for effective student learning. As educational leaders we need to “deadhead” the structures, policies and strategies that hinder optimal student learning and find ways to support classroom teachers so that change is successful. We must deadhead to allow for the development and the sustainability of best practices. What will you “deadhead” in your classroom, school, or district this year? Check out how adunsige @Grade1 does it!