My Top 7 Posts of 2017 #LCInnovation

As the year comes to an end and I reflect on 2017,  I am so grateful to have been welcomed into many classrooms, schools, and districts. I have learned so much as I have worked with diverse educators around the country as I have seen the struggles, celebrated the successes, and marveled at the innovative approaches that are […]

Why Are We Still Assigning Homework? #IMMOOC

I went to a workshop recently and we got assigned “pre-work”, which is just another way to say homework for adults. Right before the workshop started you would have thought that we were a bunch of high school students if you just heard the conversations. Did you do the pre-work? What?! We had to do pre-work? […]

Forever Beginning

Admittedly, I have never loved poetry.  I think a big part of this is that I thought that I always had to analyze it the “right way.” I was always taught to determine what the author’s message was as if there was only one answer,  which is why I felt so validated when I read […]

5 Barriers to Innovation (and How We Can Move Past Them) #IMMOOC

This week on the live show, the Twitter chat and in a variety of conversations, barriers to innovation have come up a lot.  I think it is really powerful to shine the light on what is working rather than fixate on the barriers to inspire change but these barriers are also real and sometimes it […]

Creating a Culture of Innovation vs a Transformation

I was recently questioned on my use of transformation rather than innovation in respect to a culture change in schools. I couldn’t immediately defend my choice of words, which caused me go back and revisit the definitions and reflect on my own beliefs, experiences, and the desired impact on learning environments. A few statements and articles have helped me rethink […]