Are We Killing the Confidence of Writers?

A 7th grader recently shared his experience (on his teacher’s blog), Dear Report Cards, You Suck that exemplifies a major challenge with assessment procedures and reporting of what students know and can do. Here is an excerpt but you really should read the whole thing. The only reason you can easily read this is because […]

Do We Really Need PD?

I was talking with a good friend and former colleague of mine, Ed Hidalgo, who has transitioned into education from the world of business and has recently become the Chief Innovation & Engagement Officer in Cajon Valley Union School District. The district is making a bold effort to achieve their vision of “Happy Students, Engaged […]

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 against 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 […]