What If ALL Educators Followed the Lead of Air Force 3-Star General?

September 30, 2017

I teared up watching 3-star Air Force General Jay Silveria speak to the entire Air Force Academy yesterday, praying that we find and elect THIS kind of leader to our political system.  But more so, I found myself wondering how powerfully educators could heal the widening divisions in the American and global social fabric if we ALL…

Guest Blog @Buck Institute: Three Checks on Your PBL Practice

September 28, 2017

One of the most common through-going themes of deeper learning schools is a marked increase in project-based work. One of our best resources for training and implementation of PBL is the Buck Institute.  I was happy to contribute my observations to their blog this week with three lessons I have learned from visiting so many…

Must-Read for Educators: The Inevitable by Kevin Kelley

September 25, 2017

I’m pretty good at distilling, summarizing, synthesizing, and then sharing; it is what I do best for my fellow educators.  I certainly don’t arrive at big ideas by myself. Most are the products of interactions with “others”, which stew for some time in my mental crock pot before they are ready for consumption. I am stumped…

Transforming Education: The Rise of the Tribe

September 21, 2017

It is a pretty fair estimate that 7,000-10,000 American educators participate in at least one education Twitter chat each month of the school year.  I also asked the EdCamp foundation to estimate about how many American educators attended at least one of these day-long events in the last year.  Their best estimate is in the range…

Sandbox: Launching the Post-Twitter Chat Education Revolution

September 15, 2017

Simply: welcome to the end of the Twitter Chat Era for educators, and the start of the Sandbox Era! Twitter has been educators’ most powerful tool for professional collaboration for at least the last five years. It is quick, efficient, free, we can access it whenever we want, and millions of us have joined to…

Five Horizon-Pushers That Should Be On Your Plate Today

September 11, 2017

This week in New Orleans, I once again have the honor of co-presenting with John Gulla, Executive Director of the EE Ford Foundation.  Between us we have visited and worked with something like 400+ schools over the last five years. This will be the fourth time that John and I have shared our thoughts about…

Another Innovator Breaking the Mold of “School”

September 7, 2017

Claire Amos is a leading educator and visionary in New Zealand; she has been one of the key founders of Hobsonville Point Secondary School, about which I have written and shared extensively.  Now Claire is launching newly designed City Senior School at the Launching Pad, and rather than me re-drawing the picture, just read her blog…

Rich New Resources for Competency-Based Education

September 6, 2017

I don’t pretend to be an expert on competency-based education (CBE), but I know two things about it: there is a lot of discussion about how to build CBE into our schools, and there is a lot of dissonance about what actually constitutes effective CBE. Thanks to Kim Carter, a long-time guru in developing CBE…

Community School, Sun Valley: They Have Already Broken Parts of the Outdated K-12 Operating System

September 5, 2017

I visit and work with so many schools that are trying to build a clarity of possibility about the future.  School leaders, faculty, students, and parents know that the traditional model of education is not preparing students for their future; they know they want a deeper, richer learning experience tied to real-world relevance; they know they are trapped…

Win-Win-Win Student Apprenticeships in Colorado

August 31, 2017

New learning modalities continue to explode across America.  20 years ago, 90% of US students went to one of three kinds of school: neighborhood, parochial, or private.  Now, innovative hybrids are rising faster than we can keep track.  Check out this win-win-win partnership amongst companies, schools, and students in Colorado, reported last week on the…

My Book Arrived!

August 31, 2017

Look what showed up in the Fed Ex yesterday!  If you pre-ordered, yours should arrive next week.  If you did not pre-order…well, let’s roll! Check out incentives on my web site, including: I am still donating royalties to education non-profits if you order in September.  Thanks for helping to Move the Rock!

Harvey Is the New Normal Unless We Address Global Warming

August 29, 2017

It was about 40 years ago that I sat in Prof. Jim Ingle’s oceanography class at Stanford as he described the ebb and flow of climate patterns throughout geologic time.  With a waving of arms he talked about the rise and fall of sea levels and massive changes in rainfall patterns, each arm flap covering…

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