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 […]

There is not one right way #IMMOOC

Why is Innovation in Education Necessary? The conversation with George Couros and  Jo Boaler in the IMMOOC live session has had me thinking a lot about how we use research in education and the impact (or not) on how we innovate and improve.  As we talked about mindset, brain plasticity, making mistakes, the problem with homework, facing critics […]

5 Collaborative Practices that Impact Learning

Many schools and districts are providing time during the school day for educators to collaborate. Districts have shortened schools days, utilized guest teachers or creatively configured the schedule to allow for non-teaching time to be built into the school day. This is a good thing, however, just providing the time isn’t always enough. When valuable […]

Are We Getting Better at the Wrong Things?

Linda Darling Hammond and her colleagues have done extensive research on professional learning and added a tremendous amount to the field of education.  I have grounded much of my work in her research, so it is with a great deal of respect and admiration that I push on how some these best practices translate to […]

What might be preventing students from learning in school?

At the San Diego Equity Symposium, I got to hear Liz Murray tell her story about growing up homeless to graduating from Harvard. Through her incredible life story, she highlighted that the experience of an individual isn’t black and white. She shared many struggles but also the love she had for her family. It is […]

Developing Academic Mindsets that Foster Growth, Development, and Innovation

Why do some students willingly engage in academic tasks? What makes learners persist in challenging tasks?  What compels learners to want to learn more and improve?  These questions are top of mind for researchers and practitioners alike and together we continue the quest to support all learners to see their value and the promise of […]

Leadership at Every Level

The USS Santa Fe moved from last to first in morale, performance, and retention by creating leadership at every level. In his book, Turn this Ship Around, Captain David Marquet details his experience turning a ship crew from the worst performing to the best.  He says that he was trained to lead so that others […]

The Feedback Paradox

I consistently hear from educators that they want feedback and then I hear that “they” aren’t receptive to the feedback.  Both are often true. Here is an example of this feedback paradox: We recently surveyed teachers in one district and overwhelmingly found that the majority of teachers sought “critical feedback to inform their practice, not […]

How do you know if it’s not just new, but better? #IMMOOC

After week 1 of the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC and reading many blogs, compiling the highlights and rereading the Introduction, I am really digging into this notion of innovation and these two questions are key: Is it new?  and Is it better? One blog post this week from Terry Whitmell really got me thinking about how we […]