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“I Vow Not To Be a Bystander”

"I vow not to be a bystander and wait for a directive".  This from educator Renee Costarella, a personal manifesto that she will be part of education transformation, not because someone else gives her permission, but because she sees the right way forward.  This is the kind of empowered leadership and action that will Move [...]

By | 2018-05-08T14:36:58+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last Sandbox of the Year: IowaBIG School and Creating Projects of Impact

Our final Sandbox meet-up for the school year will be a doozie: if you work in a high school, or are interested in authentic learning in and with your community, or want to create opportunities for students to have real impact...then join us Tuesday may 8 at 7 PM ET, when our guest Rock Star [...]

By | 2018-05-07T21:48:12+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Another Novel Route to Creating a True Strategic Plan

In another sign that the era of traditional five-year school strategic plans are dead, take a look at the approach led by head of school Ned Murray and this team at Episcopal Day School in Augusta, GA.  It is simple, clean, and generates action items based on aspirations and big questions, rather than the backward-looking distillation [...]

Lego Pieces and Leading Innovation

What can a 15-year-old autistic boy from Iceland teach us about leadership? Last week videos went viral of a 28-foot-long model of the Titanic, designed and built out of 65,000 Lego blocks by teenager Brynjar Karl Birgisson.  It is a remarkable feat of design, engineering, three-dimensional vision, and perseverance.  But what I want to dig [...]

Miss Porter’s School May Revolutionize the High School Operating System

Inertia is one of the two biggest obstacles to change.  Some "great organizations" have been great for so long that the obvious question is "why change; if it ain't broke don't fix it".  General Motors up until 2008 would have fit into this category.  So would companies like Kodak, Pan American Airways, and Lehman Brothers.  [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:10:33+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Very Worthwhile Hour of Powerful Learning

Most of you don't have many spare hours, or maybe you do, but only when you are driving somewhere or on a plane.  Fine; here is a great way to spend that hour. It is a podcast that is not about the nuts and bolts of education, but here are a few reasons why you [...]

How Will Our Ideas and Practices Evolve?

Education is a mirror of societal interactions.  For millennia, knowledge and information have been vastly more "push" than "pull".  The big ideas of a few rulers, politicians, philosophers, celebrities, scientists, artists, authors, and the like have molded the evolution of human thought and action. In logarithmic terms, the 10 have led the 100,000, or perhaps [...]

The Learning Opportunities of Walkout

The Walkout on school and gun violence yesterday was not political.  It was a profound opportunity for learning.  I deeply applaud every school leader who, regardless of opinions about gun ownership and the sources of violence in our country, both encouraged and allowed students to take advantage of this opportunity.  Some school leaders did not, [...]

By | 2018-03-15T19:23:33+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments