Your School Can Too

June 27, 2017

You can watch the video below from Iolani School in Hawaii, and in the first 30 seconds your response might be: We are not a wealthy private school. We don’t get to hand pick our students. We don’t have millions of dollars for this kind of facility. We don’t have alumni like Apple guru Guy…

A Short, Personal Video on Moving the Rock

June 22, 2017

I made this short, personal video about my new book, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education.  I hope you will take a moment to watch on YouTube, copy the link, and share it with others via Twitter, Facebook, or your own professional learning network.  The key lesson of this book…

My New Website: Check Out Incentives For Launch of Moving the Rock!

June 21, 2017

If you follow my blog, by now you probably have seen that my website is completely re-built in conjunction with the launch of my new book Moving the Rock this August.  On the new home page you can download the book introduction for free, and see some of the wonderful testimonials I received for the book from…

What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

June 15, 2017

Does your school value students who exhibit character, grit, and leadership?  Is it in your mission to develop these traits in your students?  Probably, and rightly so.  But as I and others have urged educators to step back and think deeply about the meaning of the word “grit”, an important article by Susan Cain, writing in…

A School Engaging in the Steep Part of the Innovation Curve: University Prep, Seattle

June 15, 2017

It’s one thing to hear a school boast that it is “innovative” or to see that word splashed across their website.  It is quite another, and still rarer than we would like, to find a trove or artifacts at at school that, together, paint a real picture of sustained, intentional, innovation.  The later is what…

I Remember Nearly Every Teacher…and So Will Your Students

June 15, 2017

The end of a school year is “tired time” for teachers and students alike. You are beat, and can’t wait for the much deserved summer break.  I remember like it was yesterday, not decades ago, that visceral warmth of the last day of school, knowing the days ahead meant sun and swimming pools and unhinged time, despite…

Vanishing Shopping Malls Are a Big Warning Sign for Schools

June 11, 2017

Most students in school today have never played, and certainly never bought, a music CD.  Within a few years after Apple launched the iTunes store a decade ago, sales of CD’s in America had dropped by something like 80%. A similar radical mutation is taking place right now in retail shopping, with widespread shuttering across America…

I Remember Nearly Every Teacher…and So Will Your Students

June 6, 2017

The end of a school year is “tired time” for teachers and students alike. You are beat, and can’t wait for the much deserved summer break.  I remember like it was yesterday, not decades ago, that visceral warmth of the last day of school, knowing the days ahead meant sun and swimming pools and unhinged time, despite…

A School Engaging in the Steep Part of the Innovation Curve: University Prep, Seattle

May 26, 2017

It’s one thing to hear a school boast that it is “innovative” or to see that word splashed across their website.  It is quite another, and still rarer than we would like, to find a trove or artifacts at at school that, together, paint a real picture of sustained, intentional, innovation.  The later is what…

Rise of the Architect-Leader in Schools

May 18, 2017

I kept a blog from Tom Olverson pinned to my browser for most of a week, letting it stew to see if I could add anything to what is already a tremendously elegant argument on school leadership.  I think I can, but only because I am building on such well-crafted thinking by Tom, and by…

What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

May 15, 2017

Does your school value students who exhibit character, grit, and leadership?  Is it in your mission to develop these traits in your students?  Probably, and rightly so.  But as I and others have urged educators to step back and think deeply about the meaning of the word “grit”, an important article by Susan Cain, writing in…

My New Book: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

May 12, 2017

The thesis  of my new book is simple: Schools have been stuck for decades, but WE can overcome that inertia without permission from the forces that have created the inertia in the first place. I throw down a pretty strong challenge in this book: WE can change the system of education at scale using these powerful levers…

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