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What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

Does your school value students who exhibit character, grit, and leadership?  Is it in your mission to develop these traits in your students?  Probably, and rightly so.  But as I and others have urged educators to step back and think deeply about the meaning of the word “grit”, an important article by Susan Cain, writing in [...]

By | 2017-06-20T06:47:22+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-20T06:47:31+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Remember Nearly Every Teacher…and So Will Your Students

The end of a school year is “tired time” for teachers and students alike. You are beat, and can’t wait for the much deserved summer break.  I remember like it was yesterday, not decades ago, that visceral warmth of the last day of school, knowing the days ahead meant sun and swimming pools and unhinged time, despite [...]

By | 2017-06-20T06:47:42+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vanishing Shopping Malls Are a Big Warning Sign for Schools

Most students in school today have never played, and certainly never bought, a music CD.  Within a few years after Apple launched the iTunes store a decade ago, sales of CD’s in America had dropped by something like 80%. A similar radical mutation is taking place right now in retail shopping, with widespread shuttering across America [...]

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 [...]

What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

Does your school value students who exhibit character, grit, and leadership?  Is it in your mission to develop these traits in your students?  Probably, and rightly so.  But as I and others have urged educators to step back and think deeply about the meaning of the word “grit”, an important article by Susan Cain, writing in [...]

My New Book: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

The thesis  of my new book is simple: Schools have been stuck for decades, but WE can overcome that inertia without permission from the forces that have created the inertia in the first place. I throw down a pretty strong challenge in this book: WE can change the system of education at scale using these powerful levers [...]

By | 2017-05-12T14:34:39+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

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

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 [...]