Are We Focused on Looking Good or Being Great?

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? […]

3 Characteristics of Authentic Leadership that Inspires Innovation

Although it is impossible to think that one could or should have all the answers, too many of us often feel inadequate when we don’t. It is hard to get away from the idea that the teacher, principal, superintendent or whoever is “in charge” should be the expert and have all the answers. This was […]

Are You Designing Systems for People to Comply or Innovate?

In Creative Confidence, Tom and David Kelly highlight that despite the expertise and history of success at Kodak, the company suffered from the knowing-doing gap, which prevented them from making the transition from what they had always done, to successfully navigating the shift toward the future of the industry. From their work with the leaders […]

The Impact of Leadership on the Change in Learning and Teaching

The extent to which leaders create the culture for learning and innovation in their schools often results in diverse approaches to teaching and learning. Foundational to this is the notion that is highlighted in the the new Future Ready Leaders Guide by EdSurge: Becoming a “Future-Ready School” does not mean replacing existing curriculum and instructional practices […]

Is Innovation in Education Necessary?

Innovation as George Couros defines it in the Innovator’s Mindset is a way of thinking that creates something new and better. So why is innovation necessary in education? There is wide agreement that we need to rethink the outdated factory model of education to meet the needs of all learners in our schools. Increasing access to […]

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 […]

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 […]