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Using a Crisis to Win the Future

In February, 1943, poorly trained and untested units of the American Army were roundly defeated by German and Italian forces in the Battle of Kasserine Pass in North Africa.  Allied forces were pushed back more than 50 miles and suffered large casualties.  It was a grim first entrance into the European war theater for the [...]

By | 2020-04-02T19:01:31+00:00 April 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There Is No “One Source”: Welcome To the Cognitosphere

The new normal you are experiencing is not new, but has been "becoming normal" for many years. I first used the term "cognitosphere" in about 2008 to describe the rapidly-growing global neuro-network that increasingly connects everyone in the world who has access to the internet.  Others have called this system the "metaverse" or other made-up [...]

Education Equity Exacerbated By Covid-19

The Covid-19 crisis is shining a huge new spotlight on inequities in K-12 education.  Every school and district in America, and many around the world, are racing to figure out how to educate children and prepare adults during long-term closures.  The range of problems is enormous, from access to technology, support for students with learning [...]

Don’t Waste Finding a New Normal

I have been in several virtual chats over the last few days as edu-leaders think about managing their schools during the shut down, and about the lessons we need to learn for a new-normal long-term outlook. A couple of big takeaways: We are in a war; FINALLY even Washington is starting to "get it". This [...]

By | 2020-03-22T15:12:41+00:00 March 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

What This Pandemic Should REALLY Teach Us

Feeling queasy?  Cautious, uncertain, even a bit of fear? Many of us have been shouting that we are living in a rapidly changing world, and last week American found out what that really means.  For several decades we have myopically believed that "rapidly changing" had something to do with technology, and Moore's Law; that the [...]

By | 2020-03-15T01:49:28+00:00 March 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Covid-19 Is a Wake-Up Call to Respect Science

If there is a silver lining to Covid-19 (and we won't know either the trajectory of the virus or the potential for a silver lining for quite some time) it might be a smack-in-the-face wake-up call that science is more important than political ideology when it comes to really important things. This is not a [...]

By | 2020-03-12T18:30:35+00:00 March 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Must Read: The Coddling of the American Mind

If you have not already done so, The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt is a must read for all educators and parents of children between the ages of pregnant and 25.  It is a powerful review, with significant quantitative and qualitative data in support, of the realization that the [...]

By | 2020-03-10T16:49:47+00:00 March 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sketch Notes From Thrive Book Club Meetings

Never underestimate the power of a group of people with vision, passion, and energy!  Those are the terms I would use to describe the growing group of edu-leaders from Hamilton Southeastern Schools near Indianapolis who focused a book group read and discussions around my book, Thrive.  (Short video and free intro download on my website.) [...]

By | 2020-02-22T18:46:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Great Design Process Wins: Senior School of Kingsway College, Toronto

When great design works, it is a beautiful thing.  Most of us think about design as sketches that lead to a product. Designers know that it is really a process of identifying the best solution for an important challenge, which is exactly, in my humble opinion, why the newly announced Senior School of Kingsway College [...]

By | 2020-02-09T16:14:25+00:00 February 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments