HOW to Change Classroom Practice; Join Us in The Sandbox March 6

February 28, 2018

Are members of your school team struggling with HOW to change their classroom practices?  The answer is “yes”; we all struggle with this, as many teachers teach the way they learned.  We need to provide our teachers with the skills they need to be successful in a deeper learning model, particularly as we ask them…

See the Future in a Million Crystal Balls

February 27, 2018

Here’s the problem:  We can lose the future if we forget the past, but we can’t win the future with the past as our guide. What does that mean?  None of us really know, because for the first time in human history, the past is a decreasingly useful guide to what will work and not…

Real Change, Even in the First Year of a New School Leader

February 26, 2018

Four years ago when I published #EdJourney, I posited that significant changes at individual schools might take place over a period of 3-15 years, depending on leadership, intentionality, and focus.  I have really never seen an example of significant change (other than in schools where a wolf is at the door) in the first year…

What Does “Community” Mean…Now and in the Future?

February 23, 2018

My article on “community” was posted today in Ed Week as a Guest Blog with Next Generation Learning Challenges: I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that there may be no single piece of the education puzzle that is already starting to undergo a more fundamental, radical, and unpredictable evolution than the relationship amongst schools,…

If Your School is Ready to Accelerate Innovation, Join Us!

February 9, 2018

The single biggest differentiator in organizations that implement successful, sustainable, value-rich innovation is the move from talk to action.  Successful organizations DO.  This is why I am so excited to join with the Canadian Association of Independent Schools in developing and offering a year-long Strategic Change Accelerator for schools that are ready to take on…

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Designing the Learning Space

February 8, 2018

Last fall a school in Connecticut reported that they cancelled plans for a new classroom building, realizing that if they just did internal improvements to their existing classrooms they could achieve all of their goals for “deeper learning” physical spaces and save about $6 million.  Every school I visit is space challenged: how do we…

Join Rock Star Jill Gough in The Sandbox Next Week!

January 31, 2018

Jill Gough is one of the best educators I know. She has deep and rich background in the classroom and is a master teacher of others.  She routinely converts what others think of as the most formulaic of subjects, math, into an experience of deeper learning. She is both a ground-breaker and a safe space…

Strategy is About Surviving Evolution

January 29, 2018

Yesterday I spoke with an independent school head who emailed me on my views about strategic planning, how I might help, and who else they should reach out to. Here is what I shared: As I have written and spoken about for almost five years, the traditional independent school strategic plan is ineffective for a…

Final Blog From Amazing Week at Catlin Gabel School

January 26, 2018

My big takeaways from observing the Catlin Gabel middle school J-Week: Fun, energizing engaging, rich, fast-paced, student-centered, real-life. Tiring, maybe a bit too full. An incredible pilot that the school can use to drive a deeper learning model across the division. What is next? Gather feedback from all stakeholders. Synthesize and filter the feedback; find…

7th Grade Prototypes of “Art in the Future

January 25, 2018

Prototypes in just one of five 7th grade rooms where prototyping of the future is going on: Overall Theme: “Art in the Future” Active prototypes: The intersection of clothing, fashion and architecture. The art of what the world will look like in map form after a decade of sea level rise. Clothing that reflects war,…

Catlin Gabel Update 10:30 AM: Shopping and Cooking

January 25, 2018

In one morning, can students learn about how food is cooked, the value of money, and how to take care of their own basic food needs?  This is a start.  This morning the 8th graders were given the ingredients and a recipe for how to make dough; the room is a bit of a mess…

Catlin Gabel Upate at 9:30 AM

January 25, 2018

I have NO idea what is going to happen with a bunch of 6th graders start cold-calling business to solicit donations in support of a refugee family in a couple of hours.  Look at the list they kids brainstormed.  Will they even get through to a real person? Will that person believe the pitch that…

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