How do you know if it’s not just new, but better? #IMMOOC

After week 1 of the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC and reading many blogs, compiling the highlights and rereading the Introduction, I am really digging into this notion of innovation and these two questions are key: Is it new?  and Is it better? One blog post this week from Terry Whitmell really got me thinking about how we… Read More How do you know if it’s not just new, but better? #IMMOOC

The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

I love hearing how educators are shifting their thinking about learning, teaching, and leading as they read The Innovator’s Mindset.  It is amazing to see what happens when educators connect about ideas in the book build on these ideas to impact those in diverse communities around the world.   For this reason I am excited to facilitate the Innovator’s… Read More The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

Empowering Teachers as Designers to #GoOpen

Traditionally, curriculum has been organized in a linear path that promotes a one size fits all approach to success.  When teachers are expected to follow directives, or implement programs without taking the context and unique individuals in their room into consideration, it often creates frustration because they see their students need something else, something different,… Read More Empowering Teachers as Designers to #GoOpen

6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices

Establishing a shared vision amongst diverse stakeholders is critical when trying to implement wide-scale change. Cultivating a shared vision requires “practices aimed at identifying new opportunities for the school, and developing, articulating, and inspiring others with a vision of the future” (Ng, 2008, p. 5). When systems struggle to meet desired goals, it is often a result of… Read More 6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices

Are You Trying To Solve the Wrong Problem?

I’ll never forget listening to a room full of high school teachers after interviewing their students. They were genuinely surprised and saddened as many came to a blatant realization: A significant percentage of their students are disconnected from their own academic experience and the reality of their not so distant futures.   Many of these teachers had… Read More Are You Trying To Solve the Wrong Problem?

5 Practices that Promote Sharing and Open Classroom Doors

It’s not uncommon to have teachers who teach next to one another for years yet have never seen each other teach.  When this happens, many assumptions about what is working and what is not working get made. This culture can not only maintain some ineffective practices but prevents great practices from spreading and impacting the… Read More 5 Practices that Promote Sharing and Open Classroom Doors