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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

Special Challenges of Small Districts in Rural America

What does education innovation mean in a small, rural town in the vast ranch and farm lands of western North America?  What are the goals and objectives of families in these areas? Are they the same or different from families in urban and suburban America? Specifically, if the reason we should be transforming school is [...]

By | 2018-10-23T22:06:21+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

#EdJourney Pine Ridge, Pt. 1: The American Genocide

If you are reading this, are of European descent, and your ancestors arrived on this continent more than three or four generations ago, it is almost a certainty that they perpetrated, were complicit in, or turned a blind eye on, one of the great genocides in human history.  Pretty much right at the time of [...]

By | 2018-10-20T22:26:22+00:00 October 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Follow My Mini-EdJourney in South Dakota

Can we call ourselves Americans if we either don't know, or forget about, the original Americans?  Are we the most we can be if we neglect those with the least?  Follow and share over the next week or so, as I go to South Dakota and spend time with the educators, leaders, and (hopefully) students [...]

By | 2018-10-16T14:39:41+00:00 October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Opportunity Atlas and the American Dream

There is no American Dream without the possibility of upward economic mobility. Education is, at its core, about preparing young people to succeed in a life to which they aspire, which is almost always at least as fruitful, if not more so, than that of their parents. Today, that dream is more remote for more [...]

New Podcast: Reimagine Schools

For those of you, and your team members, who enjoy audio podcasts in your professional learning, please share this 20 minute discussion I had with Dr. Greg Goin of Georgetown University (KY). Greg's popular podcast, Reimagine Schools, has featured a long list of education rock-movers like Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner, so I am honored [...]

By | 2018-10-05T16:28:47+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments