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 […]

#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 […]

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences  

Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in their own learning now, and throughout their lives. The critical shift is that “Learners are seen and known as wondrous, curious individuals with vast capabilities and limitless potential. This paradigm recognizes that learning is […]

Moving from Consuming to Innovating #IMMOOC

There is a common saying in education lately that we need kids to create not consume. I definitely want to see learners creating and not just consuming (or regurgitating facts). But as I read the book Empower by AJ Juiliani and John Spencer the section on critical consuming really pushed my thinking about the importance […]