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Community School, Sun Valley: They Have Already Broken Parts of the Outdated K-12 Operating System

Looking northeast from Sun Valley, Idaho I visit and work with so many schools that are trying to build a clarity of possibility about the future.  School leaders, faculty, students, and parents know that the traditional model of education is not preparing students for their future; they know they want a deeper, richer learning experience [...]

Win-Win-Win Student Apprenticeships in Colorado

New learning modalities continue to explode across America.  20 years ago, 90% of US students went to one of three kinds of school: neighborhood, parochial, or private.  Now, innovative hybrids are rising faster than we can keep track.  Check out this win-win-win partnership amongst companies, schools, and students in Colorado, reported last week on the [...]

Are We Eager For Change?

Most of the schools I get to work closely with have already started along an arc of transformation from the old, rigid, teacher-centric model to something that approaches deeper learning.  Most have crossed the mental Rubicon, at least at the leadership level, that standing still is not an option.  The task of these communities is to broaden [...]

“Open” by David Price, OBE: Clear Roadmap for Learning in the Cognitosphere

The fundamental transformation of human interaction that is taking place right now is the shift from highly regulated, controlled institutions and formal connections, to the open and informal flow of knowledge, information, commerce, and ideas.  In his book, Open, David Price, OBE provides an important and clear roadmap of the challenges and opportunities that this transformation [...]

Grab Your Pitchforks; Drive Out the Absurd AP Program

If you ever had the inkling that Advanced Placement courses and exams just maybe don't represent the very best learning opportunity for some of our most enterprising young minds, this should really spur you on to grab your pitchfork, light your torch, gather your neighbors, and drive the AP monster out of your school forever. [...]

Leveraging Your Voice to Transform Education

As I started to think about how to launch my new book, Moving the Rock, I came cross Thunderclap, a fascinating crowdsourcing site.  It is not about raising money; it is about raising our collective voice.  The idea is simple: propose an idea; set a target of gathering other people who share your idea; and [...]