Use Free Edutopia Video Library!!

You know I am a huge fan of Edutopia.  They are the default site to visit if you are looking for ideas about what a deeper learning experience can be in your classroom or school. For five years I have been saying that many schools would transform themselves if teachers could just see what "it" [...]

By | 2018-09-25T16:59:45+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Vertical Learning: An Easy Tool to Boost Student Engagement, via @Design39Campus and @Edutopia

How might we create classrooms that engage students and give them greater ownership of their learning?  So many of the teachers I interact with tell me, "I just need to see what 'it' looks like".  The growing library of short videos you can find at Edutopia provides just that.  In just a few minutes, you [...]

By | 2018-09-24T16:05:51+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do You Know Your NPS??

As the diversity of learning options for families continues to explode, fewer families choose to go to their neighborhood school just because it is close.  While I don't have national data for ALL schools, I think we know that the most important driver of school selection is word-of-mouth.  What we hear from our friends, family, [...]

By | 2018-08-31T16:10:19+00:00 August 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shovel Faster??

There is one simple reason that coal-fired steam engines in trains and ships were rapidly replaced by oil-fired, then diesel, electric, and even nuclear power.  No matter how fast you shovel, you can't make that steam engine go any faster. This is my new favorite picture for K-12 educators.  We reached the limit of effective [...]

By | 2018-08-30T21:28:55+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Schools and Malls

A short post, inspired by the daily sharing of Seth Godin, who was kind enough to spend a half hour with me on the phone this week. (It is a pretty great day when your daughter texts, "Seth Godin made dinner for us; he's really a great guy and is interested in what you are [...]

By | 2018-08-11T15:46:28+00:00 August 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

School Futures Lie in Strategy

As we get ready to launch a new learning year, let’s laser-focus on a very simple reality: Schools, like every other organization that lives in a competitive marketplace, have just two “keys to sustainable success” according to strategy guru Michael Porter: good strategy and highly effective operational systems. Operational effectiveness means that your school is [...]

Great Resources for Proficiency-Based Learning via Mark Seigel

I am increasingly getting questions and queries something like: "Where do I go for resources on performance-based and competency-based learning?"  I am not the expert on these by any means, which is why I can point you to someone who has been preaching and leading in these areas for decades and is sharing frequently-updated resources [...]

By | 2018-08-06T15:51:52+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does Culture Always Eat Strategy for Breakfast??

Does culture really eat strategy for breakfast? This Peter Drucker dictum has been at the top of the organizational Ten Commandments for several decades; I often use the quote, and the slide is in my slide deck. It seems to be right for so many reasons. At some point during our Strategic Change Accelerator with [...]

By | 2018-07-18T19:15:57+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Great Podcast: Why, What, and How of School Change…Even at Best Schools

I absolutely could not give the rationale nor tell the story of school transformation better than Tim Quinn and Liz Schmitt of Miss Porter's School on this podcast with Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl of Enrollment Management Association. I was honored to be able to help guide MPS over the last year as they began to [...]