Are you over-scaffolding?

As educators, we often feel like we aren’t doing our jobs if we don’t take people through the process and teach them every single thing they need to be successful. There is a tendency to model step by step and ensure we provide clear directions for how to do everything. It’s almost as if we […]

We Rise by Lifting Others

It is easy to become isolated in our roles as educators and overwhelmed by the enormous pace of change in the world.  I hear the stories and see the obstacles to meaningful change within the schools and districts. At times it change can feel daunting and unbelievably slow. The truth is that when you are in […]

Your Stories Matter #IMMOOC

I met with the principal recently and we were talking about his goals and what he wanted to see on his campus related to the larger district vision. He started talking about programs and specific expectations that were all very expected and typical. As he continued talking his tone shifted and he passionately shared,” I […]

Experiences Shape Practice

I hear stories all the time of people who set up their stuffed animals and played school all day long and dreamed of being a teacher.Many educators grew up as readers and loved school. That’s awesome but that wasn’t my story. My mom was a teacher and I spent time in her classroom. I saw […]

Student Engagement: Are we focused on short-term results or long-term impact?

Student engagement is paramount in education. If students aren’t engaged, they won’t invest in the content, attain mastery, and ultimately apply what they are learning, right? Just as educators are focused on engaging students, in order to boost employee engagement, there is an increased focus on making workplace fun. Many employers have added ping pong […]

Making the Most of the #IMMOOC Experience

It’s time for the 4th round of the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC (#IMMOOC) and I couldn’t be more excited to get started! In addition to The Innovator’s Mindset, we are adding Empower and Learner-Centered Innovation as choices.  We will be covering themes that span the 3 books and connecting and sharing ideas and perspectives based on […]

Will Your Students Thrive in an Unpredictable World?

Our obsessive focus on testing and scores has narrowed the curriculum and, as an unintended consequence, pitted schools and educators again one another to look good instead of working together create the schools and experiences that are great at evolving to meeting the needs of the learners and communities they serve. In his book, Future Driven, David […]

#IMMOOC is Back and Better than Ever!

It’s time for the 4th round of the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC (IMMOOC) and I couldn’t be more excited to get started!  I will be co-hosting with George Couros, AJ Juliani and John Spencer. We are adding two new books to this round for a triple book study or as I used to call them in […]

What If?

It’s amazing how two very small words can make a big impact on our world and have done so throughout history. What if I say I am not sitting at the back of the bus? What if I create Hogwarts, a fictional land where young wizards learn and practice magic? What if we can send […]

Learner-Centered Innovation

I am thrilled to announce that my book, Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius is officially out! I am so grateful for the support, encouragement, and excitement about this day from so many of you.  Here is an excerpt from the back cover: What if education could be better—for students and for educators? […]