What is the “Uber” or “Airbnb” Future of Schools?

January 10, 2018

A dozen years ago just a tiny fraction of schools had started to transform in response to the realities of a rapidly changing world.  Five years ago, we started to see powerful conversations and intentional, significant change at a much wider range of schools.  Today we may be approaching the tipping point, at least in…

Another Powerful Sandbox: Building Remarkable Learning Partnerships In Your Community

January 5, 2018

Is your school leveraging the incredible power of “learning in and with your community”? Are your students connected with “clients” in the business community? Are they working with city planners, non-profits, major businesses on authentic, real-world projects? Take one hour, join our free, face-to-face Sandbox next week, and learn from some of the best in…

A Great Book at the Nexus of Big, Hairy Problems and Interdisciplinary Learning

January 5, 2018

What kind of choices will our students make when faced with big, hairy problems in their own lives, and for the world we leave them?  Will they have the tools to make these choices based on sound information and reasoning?  Will they repeat mistakes of the past, or will they learn from them?  Will they…

What Must Our Children Learn? Part Three of Series on Ben Sasse’s “The Vanishing American Adult”

January 3, 2018

The American experiment, which now seems so natural to us, is a thoroughly artificial device designed to counterbalance the natural impulses of group suspicions and hatreds. . . . This vast, artificial, trans-tribal construct is what our Founders aimed to achieve. And they understood that it can be achieved effectively only by intelligent schooling. (From E. D.…

An Apology

December 19, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Last week I posted a blog after the Alabama special election.  I have received some feedback that it was overly harsh and condemning of people and a region, and that some educators were so upset that I will probably no longer be in their circle of respect.  To those who have…

The Asymmetry of Headwinds and Tailwinds

December 18, 2017

When you are riding a bike and the wind is in your face, you think of little else other than, “when will I turn a corner and have the wind at my back?”  When the wind is at your back, you tend to fairly quickly forget the boost you are being given.  This is the…

Can Educators Help Rebuild “The Center” of America?

December 15, 2017

While this space is used exclusively for matters related to education, we increasingly must find and deal with the Venn overlap of social, economic, and political trends that both reflect and impact the ecosystem of which education is just one element.  What we teach/learn, and how we teach/learn MUST recognize the reality of the world…

We Cannot Ignore The Real America: Part Two of Series on Ben Sasse’s The Vanishing American Adult

December 12, 2017

America is not rural Nebraska. America is not suburban California. America is not 1955 and it is most certainly not 1776, 1863, or 1908.  America is ALL of America, equal parts past, present, and future. Sen. Ben Sasse knows this…at least some of it. In Part One of this three-part blog series on Sasse’s book…

Feedback From Sandbox Off-the-Charts Positive; Join Us!

December 7, 2017

Feedback on our Sandbox series of FREE face-to-face virtual meet-ups has been off the charts! 100% of attendees say they took away something new and useful. 98% say they shared something with others 95% say it is super easy to join and use 96% say they recommend this form of PD to their colleagues So…

Will We Re-Find the Center of America? Post 1 of 3 on Sen. Ben Sasse’s Book “The Vanishing American Adult”

November 30, 2017

Part One of a three-part series on The Vanishing American Adult, by Sen. Ben Sasse   Ben Sasse and I are very different people. Sasse is a conservative Republican who grew up in rural Nebraska, and now represents that deep red state in the United States senate.  I am a fiscally pragmatic, social progressive, usually-votes-Democratic,…

Sandbox Dec. 5 With Guest Rock Star Kaleb Rashad!

November 27, 2017

If you have not joined us in a Sandbox event yet, you are missing out on the post-Twitter chat revolution of education collaboration and professional learning.  These are FREE one-hour face-to-face live video discussions with break-out rooms for small group interaction AND Guest Rock Stars who are leaders in their respective fields of deeper learning. …

Will the U.K. Start to Incubate/Accelerate Education Transformation?

November 13, 2017

You likely know the reputations of Oxford University and Eton College. Less familiar might be Queen Anne’s School, in Reading, just 30 miles west of London.  What can my four days of visits at these three centers of learning tell us about the state of education innovation in the world today? Queen Anne’s School is…

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