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First Look At “The Best School In America”

In April I was asked to join a team to design and build "the best school in America", a provocative and audacious challenge from the edu-leaders at Alamogordo (NM) Public Schools.  Alamogordo is a small, diverse, rural lower and middle class town tucked away alongside the extraordinary beauty and climate of the Tularosa Basin, the [...]

By | 2021-11-19T13:12:07+00:00 November 19th, 2021|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Leverage Points of Change: Part II

If you are trying to change your school, this is where your efforts will be most rewarded. In Part II, we again visit the work of systems guru Donella Meadows who identifies " 'leverage points' within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one [...]

By | 2021-10-22T15:48:58+00:00 October 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leverage Points of Change: Part I

Schools are complex systems. In a meaty article by systems guru Donella Meadows  (HT to Tim Fish at NAIS for sharing with me) we find that, "Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in 'leverage points'. These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an [...]

By | 2021-10-13T17:50:23+00:00 October 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A VUCA Antidote for a VUCA World

Educators are gradually becoming familiar with an acronym that has gained increasing relevance over the last decade: VUCA. Our world is undeniably becoming more Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.  We are tasked with preparing out students to live and succeed in VUCA world. VUCA arose in the American military sometime in the last two decades [...]

By | 2021-09-02T14:56:24+00:00 September 2nd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Book Recommendation: The Future of Smart

I was asked by edu-leader Ulcca Joshi Hansen to read a pre-publication version of her new book, The Future of Smart, (available now for pre-order; shipping in mid-September) and I give it a strong "two thumbs up".  If you follow me and this blog, you know I am tired of hearing the same arguments for "why" [...]

By | 2021-08-31T16:24:05+00:00 August 31st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Monsoon Cometh

Most of my posts are about education; this one is simply about rain. The monsoon is the lifeblood of the American southwest.  During the summer moist, warm air flows north out of the Sea of Cortez and the western Gulf of Mexico.  In a good year, daily afternoon thunderstorms march across the great western deserts [...]

By | 2021-08-21T15:55:30+00:00 August 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why School? Thinking About Meaning and Purpose

Why do we teach? Beyond the facts and basic skills, what do we hope our students will learn?  Why school? These big questions get lost in our daily routines, our standards and standardized tests, college-focused high school resumes, the sudden disruption of a COVID pandemic, too-full classrooms, and too many kids facing crushing life challenges [...]

By | 2021-08-09T18:00:00+00:00 August 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Indigenous Resources to Diversify Your Curriculum

Many of us are thinking, working, and struggling to find authentic ways to diversify perspectives across our learning experiences.  We grew up in a system that vastly overweighted the Near East-European influences on history, literature, art, and science.  Our desire to help our students receive a more balanced and historically accurate education is challenged by [...]

By | 2021-07-08T16:03:56+00:00 July 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Team-of-Teams” Really Works

What can a wildly diverse group of architects, engineers, educators, and district administrators teach us about how to transform the K-12 learning experience?  Plenty. As I posted last week, I am involved in helping to design and build a new public middle school in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our charge: build the best school in America [...]

By | 2021-06-18T15:02:49+00:00 June 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments