A Simple, Powerful P/ATH to Change

July 9, 2020

This summer, and even more so in the fall, the issue of systemic racism in America will, and should, come to schools around the country.  How might we help channel that energy in positive directions? Three weeks ago, P/ATH, a tiny start-up non-profit produced a 59 second video with messages urging action against racism from some…

Let’s Make School Year 2020-21 the Year of Listening

June 29, 2020

Hopefully we are all growing and learning during this time of social awakening in America.  Hopefully we are beginning to understand that all lives can’t matter until black and brown lives matter.  And hopefully we are learning some skills that help us each to move with humility from where we have been to where we…

Changing Education Is No Longer An Option

June 11, 2020

For at least two decades, the real reason for radical school transformation has not been “jobs of the future”. It has been the accelerating rate of change in the world around us.  For those who ignored or were complacent with that rate of change, perhaps the last 12 weeks have opened their eyes. Just a…

I Killed George Floyd

June 8, 2020

I killed George Floyd. I didn’t put my knee on his neck, but I, a white man of privilege, did not do enough to stop his murder from “becoming”. I am complicit in the crimes of systemic racism in America.  For my entire adult life I thought trying to not be a racist was enough.…

A Call For Educators To Take a Stand

June 2, 2020

Americans from across the political spectrum were horrified and saddened watching the video of George Floyd’s death more than a week ago. And Americans from across the political spectrum are horrified and saddened by the scenes of senseless violence and destruction perpetrated by rioters in our cities. We don’t have to agree on everything; heck,…

More Learning Resources As You Plan the Post-COVID Future

May 22, 2020

Here is another trove of resources you might want to share with your teams as you plan for both the fall, and for the longer-term impacts we will certainly feel from the pandemic: Education Re-entry: https://chiefsforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CFC-TheReturn_5-13-20.pdf InfusingSEL https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/three_keys_to_infusing_sel_into_what_you_already_teach Family Wellness: https://www.washoeschools.net/distancelearning Supporting Community: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/supstucovid19/MDE032385 Virtual Portfolio Defense Tools https://envisionlearning.org/introducing-two-more-virtual-portfolio-defense-tools/ Performance Assessments: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/promise-performance-assessments-report Remote Learning Plans:…

Three Major Articles on Early Lessons From COVID-19

April 29, 2020

For those who don’t follow me on Twitter or have not checked that lately, here are three articles I have published via major education sites in the last three weeks. They look at various high-level lessons we are learning from the COVID-19 shut down as viewed through the lens of education: COVID-19 and K-12: What…

What Are the Covid-19 Problems We Are Trying to Solve?

April 7, 2020

The first step of problem solving is finding a problem to solve.  Covid-19 “found” us, so we move on to the next step: finding the right problem to solve. Educators, students, and parents are overwhelmed with a melange of challenges that they never imagined or planned for.  How can we sort through all of what…

Using a Crisis to Win the Future

April 2, 2020

In February, 1943, poorly trained and untested units of the American Army were roundly defeated by German and Italian forces in the Battle of Kasserine Pass in North Africa.  Allied forces were pushed back more than 50 miles and suffered large casualties.  It was a grim first entrance into the European war theater for the…

There Is No “One Source”: Welcome To the Cognitosphere

April 1, 2020

The new normal you are experiencing is not new, but has been “becoming normal” for many years. I first used the term “cognitosphere” in about 2008 to describe the rapidly-growing global neuro-network that increasingly connects everyone in the world who has access to the internet.  Others have called this system the “metaverse” or other made-up…

Education Equity Exacerbated By Covid-19

March 30, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis is shining a huge new spotlight on inequities in K-12 education.  Every school and district in America, and many around the world, are racing to figure out how to educate children and prepare adults during long-term closures.  The range of problems is enormous, from access to technology, support for students with learning…

Don’t Waste Finding a New Normal

March 22, 2020

I have been in several virtual chats over the last few days as edu-leaders think about managing their schools during the shut down, and about the lessons we need to learn for a new-normal long-term outlook. A couple of big takeaways: We are in a war; FINALLY even Washington is starting to “get it”. This…

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