#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? […]

10 Characteristics of Professional Learning that Inspires Learner-Centered Innovation

Students need to grapple with problems and own their learning, and the same holds true for educators. The rally cries are clear: If you want to see learner-centered practices in the classroom, we need learner-centered professional learning. Educators are looking to develop skills, particularly in areas based on their own content area, skills, and goals. […]

3 Ways to Make the Writing Process More Authentic

In an article, “Why Kids Can’t Write” published in the New York Times, a study of almost 500 teachers of 3rd- 8th grade by Gary Troia of Michigan State University and Steve Graham of Arizona State University, uncovered the lack of preparation of teachers to teach writing and as a result, only 55 percent of […]

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 […]

If you want to see change, stop telling and involve others in the process

All soccer season, I sat on the sidelines cheering on my kids and I would find myself telling (ok, maybe yelling) “kick the ball!” or  “go to the ball!”  From the sidelines, it seemed so obvious and simple, yet they weren’t doing it. It seemed like they were tired or didn’t care… Towards the end […]

Professional Learning That Inspires Change

I shared this article recently, 5 Reasons Professional Development is NOT Transforming Learning.  Not surprisingly, it resonated with many people. So, if your professional development isn’t working. Try this… Cultivate a Shared Vision Creating a graduate profile with clear outcomes that the community values is a great way to anchor conversations about teaching and learning […]

To Inspire Change, Make Learning Public

I sat with a group of teachers recently who were frustrated and couldn’t see how the projects and examples that we were looking at would work in their classrooms. No matter how much we talked about possibilities and brainstormed ideas, they weren’t resonating.  Seeing examples of other teachers‘ projects and all the “perfect” products that […]

Put Away the Red Pen

I remember grading my students’ essays and making comments, asking questions, probing for more and then assigning the grade. I spent an inordinate amount of time as an English teacher providing feedback and grading essays. Then, I would hand them back, my students looked at the grade, very few paid any attention to the comments […]