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Great Podcast: Why, What, and How of School Change…Even at Best Schools

I absolutely could not give the rationale nor tell the story of school transformation better than Tim Quinn and Liz Schmitt of Miss Porter's School on this podcast with Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl of Enrollment Management Association. I was honored to be able to help guide MPS over the last year as they began to [...]

Havasupai School in Need Hides in Desert Paradise

When we see people and places in need, do we stop, ask questions, and help? Or do we walk on by, assuming someone else will take care of the problem, hope it will go away, or silently give thanks that we are better off?  What problems do you have at your school that can even [...]

Video of My Commencement Speech in May

I shared what I think are some very key messages in this commencement speech last month; hopefully it might help in some discussions at your school over the summer and kicking off the new school year in the fall! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfhrbtoVVR0&feature=youtu.be

By | 2018-06-19T03:53:54+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Interview with NYSAIS: Why and How of School Transformation

Thanks, New York Association of Independent Schools, for conducting and posting this interview with me in May. I think it summarizes the current state of K-12 transformation: both the "why" and the "how", particularly how we are Moving the Rock. These are the discussions that school leadership teams, in both public and private schools either [...]

By | 2018-06-03T15:44:31+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Commencement Address, 2018: Delphian School, Oregon

This is the commencement address I gave on May 27 at Delphian School in Oregon. Delphian is a very unusual school, with a program that fully embraces performance-based learning. Students work at their own pace; teachers are mentors and tutors, and do not hold traditional classes. They have been getting a flood of visitors recently [...]

“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