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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Nothing Like Seeing Deeper Learning in Action

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

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 [...]

Keep an Eye on Transformation at Vista Unified Schools

Keep an eye on Vista Unified School District in California.  You may want to add it to your list of visits for your teachers and administrators to see how learning is dramatically changing, even in schools with very significant challenges. I have written extensively about Vista Innovation and Design Academy, and the dramatic positive changes [...]

Brushfires of Innovation at Columbus Academy, Ohio

If you walk around schools, if you ask the right questions, if you stop and listen to teachers and students, if you look at how spaces are arranged and used, you can tell a lot about a school in a short period of time.  I am in freezing Columbus, OH for the NCAA volleyball Final [...]

Explosion of Deeper Learning at Underserved Neighborhood School: Bayside STEAM Academy

And people wondered why the low income school with the mascot of a big wave with fists had a lot of trouble with fighting during recess... The new mascot is the green sea turtle that live in the shallow, southernmost reaches of San Diego Bay just a few steps from the newly renamed and rebranded Bayside [...]

Conversation on Innovation with StartEdUp

For most of you who follow my blog, the conversation I had with Don Wettrick and Hunter Stone yesterday will likely be old hat.  That is because you are on the leading edge! Perhaps there are others at your school who are now ready to transform to a deeper learning system...so share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLONWfgbDaE Don and Hunter [...]