New Podcast; Sharing Lessons from “#EdJourney” and “Moving the Rock”

May 6, 2017

How great is it that a district superintendent and assistant superintendent take time every week to research, prepare, conduct, edit, and publish a podcast that is shared with hundreds of other educators?  What a great example of leading by example as we move into the new era where the “flow” of knowledge is more important…

How Will Educators Deal With the “Death of Expertise”?

May 4, 2017

A primary role of education is to give students the skill and wisdom to know how to gain knowledge. A key element of that process for centuries has been the reliance on experts who have invested enormous time, money, and intellectual resources in gaining knowledge and understanding that is deeper, more detailed, and often more…

Think You Know Disruptive Innovation? Read On!

April 30, 2017

From Dumaguete City, Negros Island, Philippines Changing what we do in schools is uncomfortable, even hard sometimes, certainly complex.  But as you ponder the “why, what, and how” of change at your school, in your district, or by your community, as you struggle with the inevitable discomfort and disruptions, take a look at what REALLY complex…

Check Out Incredible Curriculum Spiral via Ross School

April 23, 2017

Rhetorical question for all educators: do you have or wish you had a really well-scaffolded curriculum? To be honest, I would have thought by now most schools could answer that integrated curriculum maps and tight alignment amongst subjects and grade levels were well in our rearview mirrors; that faculty who work in the same school…

Great Job Posting for Innovation Leader

April 22, 2017

A you know I rarely advocate for one school, but you also know the high esteem I hold for the remarkable leadership of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta.  So when they asked that I share a job opening opportunity, I am happy to do so.  If you think of yourself as an innovator, creator,…

Teaching the Death of Compromise

April 6, 2017

The tempest that is Washington D.C. these days provides a puzzle for educators: is it an opportunity for learning, or just too fractious to even touch?  What is our role in helping our students to make sense of something, when much of it does not make sense from many traditional perspectives?  Are we, as educators and…

A List of Not-So-Quirky School Metrics

April 6, 2017

If you don’t follow me on Twitter (what??), or missed it this morning, I posted another article on the Transcend Education site.  This was a re-boot from my archives that surprised me when I read it.  In 2012, Keith Evans and I came up with a list of what were then somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and definitely outside…

The Test That EVERY School Must Take

April 1, 2017

There is surely one thing that unites all educators: we are responsible for both the well-being and learning progress of our students when they are in our charge.  The role that testing plays in schools has correctly become an enormous point of controversy as we question just what are we testing and what the results…

New Short Video: “Why, What, How, and Inevitable Future of Education…in 45 Minutes”

March 28, 2017

I was recently honored to give a short presentation and host a dinner discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. with a group of business officers of independent schools, hosted by First American Education Finance.  The theme  was “The Why, What, How and Inevitable Future of Education…in 45 Minutes”. The “how” and the “future”…

The Problem is Not Climate Change; the Problem is Irrational Thinking

March 19, 2017

I rarely use this space to discuss themes that might be interpreted as political.  If the reader interprets this post as political, they are missing the point.  This post is about history, knowledge, what we do with knowledge, and the utterly unique role that education plays in that sequence. In the last week I read…

Nothing Like Seeing Deeper Learning in Action

March 8, 2017

NOTHING is as effective in transforming schools as seeing “it” in action. I spent Monday with a visiting team of elementary school teachers from Albermarle County in Virginia as theytoured four elementary schools in Cajon Valley USD, just east of San Diego. Albermarle Supt. and national edu-leader Pam Moran sent the team out to look at…

Two Big Takeaways From Week Focusing on Innovation

March 3, 2017

I have two big takeaways from a fast-paced, roiling week of interaction with hundreds of education colleagues in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore this week.  The first is a powerful reinforcement of a paragraph early in the introduction for my upcoming book, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers That Will Revolutionize Education (Josey-Bass Education; coming out this…

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