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Where Is the Balance of Technology and Humanity in K-12 Education?

In his new book, Technology vs Humanity, futurist Gerd Leonhard explores the really big changes that are driving fundamental shifts in how we all lead our lives, and may, within our own lifetimes, challenge the very paradigm of what it means to be human.  These shifts will have tremendous impact on the role and relevance [...]

Young Voices From Pine Ridge: A Groundbreaking Student-led Project in Virtual Reality

How might we educate the rising generation to be more empathetic and understanding of what it means to be an American?  How might we help heal increasingly deep divides by allowing young people to experience our world through the eyes of “the other” in ways that are both intellectually and emotionally engaging? If you have [...]

By | 2019-01-21T17:22:21+00:00 January 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Winning: Luck? Strategy? Reaction? Birthright? Hmmm…

Over a relaxing holiday break I had plenty of un-scheduled time to just hang out with family. As I get older, hopefully a bit more reflective and a smidgen wiser, I know how sacred are these times when we set aside our devices and "things we have to do", and just be together.  And play [...]

By | 2019-01-02T17:42:37+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Doubling Down on Real Strategy

I am doubling down on the critical role of real strategy for schools. I have read a lot of school strategic plans, and most share one thing in common: they are not strategic at all.  They are almost all tactical. Strategy is, simply, about making choices that gives your school or district the best opportunity [...]

By | 2018-12-11T16:31:40+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Consider Joining Year Two of the Strategic Change Accelerator!

Is your school contemplating a significant change in the year ahead?  Is your team prepared with the skills and processes to make sure that change is well-designed?  That your community stakeholders have had input and are on board?  That you have the knowledge base to move forward with a set of first prototypes and pilots, [...]

By | 2018-11-08T21:46:33+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Harrisburg Schools Pt. 3: Personalized Learning in the Middle and High Schools

In the last week I have posted two blogs about Harrisburg School District in South Dakota, where they are implementing a remarkable program of personalized learning. Here is the final of three posts; focusing here on the evolving program in the middle and high schools. For more details, look at Travis Lape's blog: Teachers [...]

By | 2018-10-31T16:37:13+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Personalized Learning Harrisburg, S. Dakota, Pt 2: The Elementary Schools

As I posted in my last blog, the personalized learning tracks in Harrisburg School District south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, REALLY opened my eyes.  Here is part two of my report: the elementary schools. The sequence of learning units is posted in each classroom so students can see where they are and what [...]

By | 2018-10-29T16:08:39+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Harrisburg School Pt. 1: Setting a New High Bar

“I have been teaching for 14 years”, veteran elementary teacher Dana Honner told me yesterday, “and I always thought I really knew my students as individual learners.  I was totally wrong.  In the few months that I have been teaching in this system of truly personalized learning, I finally actually know each of my students [...]

By | 2018-10-27T01:56:53+00:00 October 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

#EdJourney Pine Ridge, Pt. 3: Listening

I have spent several days asking questions and listening, but mostly trying really hard to listen.  It is not my natural mode of human interaction; I have always been opinionated and quick to find and solve a problem.  Spending time in a place where problems lie in all directions, my natural tendency is to propose [...]

By | 2018-10-25T22:07:18+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments