Is the Classic “Hero’s Journey” Still Timeless?

June 17, 2019

The Hero’s Journey lies at the heart of human storytelling. From the Bhagavad Gita to the Old and New Testaments; from Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology to the creational stories of indigenous peoples; from the life stories of comic book superheroes to the modern sagas like Star Wars and Game of Thrones, the Hero’s Journey…

We Know the Future Better Together

June 3, 2019

Is it a bit stupid to start a post about the inaccuracy of crystal ball predictions by making a prediction?  Probably. I have been saying for some time that we have entered an era of human interaction that is fundamentally different from any time in the past.  In the past, big, impactful ideas that drive…

Who Says We Can’t Personalize High School Learning Systems?

May 30, 2019

Given: student-centered, deeper learning is easier to deliver at lower grade levels. Given: College admissions practices continue to keep high schools more “in the box” of a worn out learning model. What if we stopped wringing our hands over things we can’t control, and changed what we can?  That appears to have been the case…

The Simple Thesis of New Book THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution

May 21, 2019

I just made two new slides that seem to sum up pretty much the argument for, and the content of, my new book, THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution, due out in the early fall. Whether we like it or not, this is the hand we have been dealt as K-12 educators today…

Fabulous Advanced Praise For My New Book: THRIVE

May 9, 2019

My new book, THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution, won’t be out until the fall, but I just had to share at least one bit of advanced praise, from Andy Calkins, Director of education innovation leading Next Generational Learning Challenges: Imagine you are climbing a mountain with a large group of people. Hard…

The Power of 10,000 Small Ideas

April 23, 2019

We have passed a fundamental tipping point in the evolution of human connectivity. For millennia, big ideas spread through a highly-constricted pipeline. Masses of humanity listened to a handful of political, religious, or social influencers and followed where those few led.  Humans were a metaphorical crowd of 10,000 people listening for one good idea from…

Build a Team of Teams at Your School

April 15, 2019

What does fighting a terror-based insurgency have in common with running a school?  Fortunately the daily events are very different. But school leaders can learn critical lessons about managing large, complex organizations from how military, and increasingly business, leaders are learning to adapt to rapidly changing challenges. Retired General Stanley McCrystal led American forces in…

Schools Are Not Forever

April 4, 2019

There is something in our affinity for the institution of education that makes it seem immutable and timeless.  Schools that have been part of our lives will always be there. New schools will rise as communities grow, but it seems unfair or tragic when schools disappear as communities wane.  Yet the reality is that the…

39X: Best, Most Affordable PD I Know; Register Now!

February 14, 2019

Most educators who read my blog or follow me on Twitter are already in the “deeper learning” choir.  You believe that learning should be increasing student-centric; inquiry, project, and thematically-based; incorporating creativity and design more than recitation and regurgitation.  Some educators need to re-tool their skills to shift classroom practice to “get there”. I don’t…

Where Is the Balance of Technology and Humanity in K-12 Education?

January 25, 2019

In his new book, Technology vs Humanity, futurist Gerd Leonhard explores the really big changes that are driving fundamental shifts in how we all lead our lives, and may, within our own lifetimes, challenge the very paradigm of what it means to be human.  These shifts will have tremendous impact on the role and relevance…

Young Voices From Pine Ridge: A Groundbreaking Student-led Project in Virtual Reality

January 21, 2019

How might we educate the rising generation to be more empathetic and understanding of what it means to be an American?  How might we help heal increasingly deep divides by allowing young people to experience our world through the eyes of “the other” in ways that are both intellectually and emotionally engaging? If you have…

Two Profound Must-Reads: “Where the Crawdads Sing” and “Educated”

January 10, 2019

What is the nature of empathy? Can we really see through the eyes of those with radically different life experiences?  Are we getting any better at this critical social construct, or just hoping that we will? Over the winter break I read two profound must-read books, written by or about women who have lived lives…

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