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

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!

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.  [...]

By | 2017-11-27T19:27:46+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Innovation in Education, Leading Change|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

“We are all learners, starting with me”

What if all teachers told their students, "We are all learners, starting with me"? How would that change our school cultures? How would that shift the frame of schools from teaching to learning?  How would that encourage a more intrinsically engaged relationship between teachers and students? As many of you know, my daughter, Cassidy, was [...]

Join Us For Free Sandbox: “Teacher Leaders”

When the only "do differently" feedback is "we wanted more", you know you are on the right track! In a user survey of our latest Sandbox event, 95% said they loved it, would recommend a next session to colleagues, and just wanted more time.  Sandbox is the future of learning for both adults and students, [...]

Sandbox: Welcome to a Free-Range Future of Learning!

In the last two days, I have had the honor and joy to deeply engage with more than 60 colleagues from across the US and New Zealand, all from my home desk, for free.  That's nothing new for me; I am not tied down at a school. But here is what is new: so did they.  How [...]

“Generatives”: New Value Opportunities for Schools?

What is the value of a school? What will it be in the future, for your school? Are we anywhere in the ballpark on this discussion? We should always pay attention to ideas at the margins of our own experience; this helps keep confirmation bias in check and brings fresh DNA into the pool of [...]

Guest Blog @Buck Institute: Three Checks on Your PBL Practice

One of the most common through-going themes of deeper learning schools is a marked increase in project-based work. One of our best resources for training and implementation of PBL is the Buck Institute.  I was happy to contribute my observations to their blog this week with three lessons I have learned from visiting so many [...]

By | 2017-09-28T11:35:16+00:00 September 28th, 2017|21C Skills, Innovation in Education|0 Comments

Must-Read for Educators: The Inevitable by Kevin Kelley

I'm pretty good at distilling, summarizing, synthesizing, and then sharing; it is what I do best for my fellow educators.  I certainly don't arrive at big ideas by myself. Most are the products of interactions with "others", which stew for some time in my mental crock pot before they are ready for consumption. I am stumped [...]

Transforming Education: The Rise of the Tribe

It is a pretty fair estimate that 7,000-10,000 American educators participate in at least one education Twitter chat each month of the school year.  I also asked the EdCamp foundation to estimate about how many American educators attended at least one of these day-long events in the last year.  Their best estimate is in the range [...]

By | 2017-09-21T14:33:20+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Innovation in Education, Leading Change|0 Comments