The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (September 2016)

If you have have been wanting to read or reread The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, now is the time! I will be helping to facilitate this MOOC with George beginning in September.  It is a great opportunity to engage with people both locally and globally to learn, share, reflect and most importantly make an […]

Prioritizing Deeper Professional Learning

David Price, in his book Open, describes how this access has created a  “messy and at times chaotic phenomenon… It has changed how we live and learn, socially. If we fully understand and grasp its potential, we can be more fully engaged and fulfilled in our work and studies, and better able to adapt to […]

Creating Safe Learning Environments (Professional Learning That Shifts Practice Part 4)

As our society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners, educators need to develop new skills, knowledge, and mindsets.  Working with teachers across diverse has given me insight into how they want to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. This series will feature a more in depth look […]

Moving from Planning to Action (Professional Learning that Shifts Practice Part 3)

As our society evolves and schools work to meet the needs of learners, educators need to develop new skills, knowledge, and mindsets.  Working with teachers across diverse has given me insight into how they want to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. This series will feature a more in depth look […]

10 Characteristics of Professional Learning That Shifts Practice

Across diverse districts I have asked teachers how they like to learn and what they want out of their professional learning opportunities. Over and over I hear the same kinds of responses and wishes for how they could learn.  There is a deep desire to develop their practice, not just be talked to but be […]

The Fertile Zone for Learning and Innovation

With new information at our fingertips and the ability to connect with content at any moment, it is quite common to assume that we are constantly learning. This assumption has translated to a lot of talk about the importance of personalized learning and allowing people learn in ways that suit them as individuals. We know that […]

When Teachers Become the Learners

As our world rapidly changes, the tools and resources we have access to dramatically impacts our opportunities for learning.  However, for educators to truly embrace the power of technology and create powerful learning experiences for their students, they have to experience this for themselves. In an effort to support this in a recent class that […]

Putting An End To the Blame Game

  It’s easy to place blame on others when something doesn’t go the way that you expect. Think about how many times you may have heard or  even said yourself something along the lines of “If only they would have…” Chances are you have heard of felt the frustration of many teachers that, “If they would […]

How Do Your Practices Impact Learning?

I remember the first day walking in to my new classroom (C-206) as a beginning teacher. I was beyond excited and equally scared to death to meet my 7th graders. I began by surveying the room to find out what resources I had.  I found a set of ELA anthologies, some SCOPE magazines and upon […]

Personalized Learning for Students Requires Personalized Learning for Teachers

This week CTQ bloggers kicked off a two week exploration of the theme: How Do Teachers [Really] Learn? I have loved reading the blogs and the insights from such thoughtful educators. It has pushed me to reflect on what I have learned about what teachers want and the implications for designing professional learning. Recently, I […]