What College Are We Prepping Kids For?

What does it mean for a student to go to a "college prep"-focused school today? In a provocative, well-researched, and often disturbing article in the New York Times, leading author Paul Tough takes a deep dive into the profound challenges that most colleges and universities face in balancing the desire for diversity and the reality [...]

By | 2019-09-12T15:01:59+00:00 September 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

By Definition, Better Learning Is “Innovation”

Our colleague Miguel Guhlin started a good discussion on Twitter and in his blog post about so-called innovative practices in K-12. Miguel was prompted by an article by Mike Schmoker that questions if "innovations" like design thinking and makerspaces actually  improve learning more than time-tested, research-proven activities. My response:  Yes, and! By definition, innovation leads [...]

By | 2019-09-07T15:26:32+00:00 September 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

More Schools That “Do School Differently”

In my new book, THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution, there is an appendix with a list of schools that I have curated over the last five years, schools that "do school differently".  I offer this as a "starter kit" for my readers, schools with which you can share ideas and igniters of [...]

By | 2019-09-06T16:51:22+00:00 September 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Media Bias Tool a Boon for Thoughtful Educators

One of our newest and most profound challenges as educators is navigating the poorly charted waters of truth and falsity in our media stream.  Of course, there have been news sources of questionable repute in the past, but the volume and rapidity of the media stream, both creating, and as a result of, increased political [...]

By | 2019-08-25T16:29:30+00:00 August 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Short Start-of-Year Read I Can Share

Like many of you, I have taken the summer off from at least part of my "day job": blogging. I led several summer institutes and am getting my new book finalized for delivery in October, but I got lazy here on the blog front.  And that is sort of going to continue as I ease [...]

By | 2019-08-09T14:49:18+00:00 August 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Know the Future Better Together

Is it a bit stupid to start a post about the inaccuracy of crystal ball predictions by making a prediction?  Probably. I have been saying for some time that we have entered an era of human interaction that is fundamentally different from any time in the past.  In the past, big, impactful ideas that drive [...]

By | 2019-06-03T14:13:51+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Says We Can’t Personalize High School Learning Systems?

Given: student-centered, deeper learning is easier to deliver at lower grade levels. Given: College admissions practices continue to keep high schools more "in the box" of a worn out learning model. What if we stopped wringing our hands over things we can't control, and changed what we can?  That appears to have been the case [...]

By | 2019-05-30T17:49:27+00:00 May 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Simple Thesis of New Book THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution

I just made two new slides that seem to sum up pretty much the argument for, and the content of, my new book, THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution, due out in the early fall. Whether we like it or not, this is the hand we have been dealt as K-12 educators today [...]

Fabulous Advanced Praise For My New Book: THRIVE

My new book, THRIVE: How Schools Will Win the Education Revolution, won't be out until the fall, but I just had to share at least one bit of advanced praise, from Andy Calkins, Director of education innovation leading Next Generational Learning Challenges: Imagine you are climbing a mountain with a large group of people. Hard [...]

By | 2019-05-09T14:54:31+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Build a Team of Teams at Your School

What does fighting a terror-based insurgency have in common with running a school?  Fortunately the daily events are very different. But school leaders can learn critical lessons about managing large, complex organizations from how military, and increasingly business, leaders are learning to adapt to rapidly changing challenges. Retired General Stanley McCrystal led American forces in [...]