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…

What Keeps School Leaders Up at Night?

January 4, 2019

What is it that REALLY keeps independent school leaders up at night?  For much of 2017 and early 2018 I was collecting feedback on a series of simple, provocative, open-ended prompts from independent school heads, senior administrators, and trustees.  I have just published some results in Independent School Magazine.  Check it out; I think you…

Winning: Luck? Strategy? Reaction? Birthright? Hmmm…

January 2, 2019

Over a relaxing holiday break I had plenty of un-scheduled time to just hang out with family. As I get older, hopefully a bit more reflective and a smidgen wiser, I know how sacred are these times when we set aside our devices and “things we have to do”, and just be together.  And play…

Doubling Down on Real Strategy

December 11, 2018

I am doubling down on the critical role of real strategy for schools. I have read a lot of school strategic plans, and most share one thing in common: they are not strategic at all.  They are almost all tactical. Strategy is, simply, about making choices that gives your school or district the best opportunity…

Consider Joining Year Two of the Strategic Change Accelerator!

November 8, 2018

Is your school contemplating a significant change in the year ahead?  Is your team prepared with the skills and processes to make sure that change is well-designed?  That your community stakeholders have had input and are on board?  That you have the knowledge base to move forward with a set of first prototypes and pilots,…

Harrisburg Schools Pt. 3: Personalized Learning in the Middle and High Schools

October 31, 2018

In the last week I have posted two blogs about Harrisburg School District in South Dakota, where they are implementing a remarkable program of personalized learning. Here is the final of three posts; focusing here on the evolving program in the middle and high schools. For more details, look at Travis Lape’s blog: Students in…

Personalized Learning Harrisburg, S. Dakota, Pt 2: The Elementary Schools

October 29, 2018

As I posted in my last blog, the personalized learning tracks in Harrisburg School District south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, REALLY opened my eyes.  Here is part two of my report: the elementary schools. The personalized learning cohorts in Harrisburg elementary schools combine all student in grades 2-5.  In the areas of math and…

Harrisburg School Pt. 1: Setting a New High Bar

October 26, 2018

“I have been teaching for 14 years”, veteran elementary teacher Dana Honner told me yesterday, “and I always thought I really knew my students as individual learners.  I was totally wrong.  In the few months that I have been teaching in this system of truly personalized learning, I finally actually know each of my students…

#EdJourney Pine Ridge, Pt. 3: Listening

October 25, 2018

I have spent several days asking questions and listening, but mostly trying really hard to listen.  It is not my natural mode of human interaction; I have always been opinionated and quick to find and solve a problem.  Spending time in a place where problems lie in all directions, my natural tendency is to propose…

Special Challenges of Small Districts in Rural America

October 23, 2018

What does education innovation mean in a small, rural town in the vast ranch and farm lands of western North America?  What are the goals and objectives of families in these areas? Are they the same or different from families in urban and suburban America? Specifically, if the reason we should be transforming school is…

#EdJourney Pine Ridge, Pt. 3: The Power of Storytellers

October 22, 2018

After a long drive today, I stopped to pay my respects at the Wounded Knee Memorial.  I was the only visitor there, so immediately gathered several locals selling crafts. I suggested I was actually interested in what had happened here, and one young man offered to take me across to the cemetery and tell me…

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