A Very Simple Recipe For Opening Schools

We all want schools to open in the fall.  Whether or not that happens will be a direct result of one thing: the degree of courage to do the right thing across our communities. Over the last month, many who previously doubted the science of pandemics have become believers. Governors who rushed to open their [...]

By | 2020-07-20T16:27:15+00:00 July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Simple, Powerful P/ATH to Change

This summer, and even more so in the fall, the issue of systemic racism in America will, and should, come to schools around the country.  How might we help channel that energy in positive directions? Three weeks ago, P/ATH, a tiny start-up non-profit produced a 59 second video with messages urging action against racism from some [...]

By | 2020-07-09T20:31:55+00:00 July 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let’s Make School Year 2020-21 the Year of Listening

Hopefully we are all growing and learning during this time of social awakening in America.  Hopefully we are beginning to understand that all lives can't matter until black and brown lives matter.  And hopefully we are learning some skills that help us each to move with humility from where we have been to where we [...]

By | 2020-06-29T16:16:47+00:00 June 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Changing Education Is No Longer An Option

For at least two decades, the real reason for radical school transformation has not been "jobs of the future". It has been the accelerating rate of change in the world around us.  For those who ignored or were complacent with that rate of change, perhaps the last 12 weeks have opened their eyes. Just a [...]

By | 2020-06-11T17:24:48+00:00 June 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Killed George Floyd

I killed George Floyd. I didn't put my knee on his neck, but I, a white man of privilege, did not do enough to stop his murder from "becoming". I am complicit in the crimes of systemic racism in America.  For my entire adult life I thought trying to not be a racist was enough. [...]

By | 2020-06-08T14:45:57+00:00 June 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Call For Educators To Take a Stand

Americans from across the political spectrum were horrified and saddened watching the video of George Floyd's death more than a week ago. And Americans from across the political spectrum are horrified and saddened by the scenes of senseless violence and destruction perpetrated by rioters in our cities. We don't have to agree on everything; heck, [...]

More Learning Resources As You Plan the Post-COVID Future

Here is another trove of resources you might want to share with your teams as you plan for both the fall, and for the longer-term impacts we will certainly feel from the pandemic: Education Re-entry: https://chiefsforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CFC-TheReturn_5-13-20.pdf InfusingSEL https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/three_keys_to_infusing_sel_into_what_you_already_teach Family Wellness: https://www.washoeschools.net/distancelearning Supporting Community: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/supstucovid19/MDE032385 Virtual Portfolio Defense Tools https://envisionlearning.org/introducing-two-more-virtual-portfolio-defense-tools/ Performance Assessments: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/promise-performance-assessments-report Remote Learning Plans: [...]

By | 2020-05-22T15:51:57+00:00 May 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments