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

Join Us for Cohort Two of the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator!

Strategic change is the new normal for schools as the marketplace of K-12 education becomes increasingly differentiated and customer-driven.  For more than five years, the Canadian Association of Independent Schools has been leading the way in looking deeply into this future and helping schools start to make truly strategic changes.  Last summer I partnered with [...]

By | 2018-09-27T12:22:23+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Are We Designing For?

Design thinking is an appropriate rage. The routines embedded in DT push us to imagine and design solutions that we otherwise would have likely never encountered.  But sometimes we gloss over that key word "design".  I see school teams rush to create solutions before they have a clear set of "design parameters". Lacking clear design [...]

By | 2018-09-26T16:19:07+00:00 September 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments