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

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