New Wisdom Road Collaborators!

June 10, 2022

I could never launch and accomplish the audacious goals of Wisdom Road without people and organizations willing to collaborate and support my work in different ways. Just this week, the list of collaborators has grown significantly to include: Education ReImagined and Next Generation Learning Challenges: helping others “join” the journey by pushing out and co-branding…

My Wisdom Road Home Starting This Fall

June 8, 2022

A year of research, watching a thousand YouTube videos, and lots of discussion with my wife, Julie, but we finally landed on what I hope is the perfect RV for my Wisdom Road journeys. Small enough to drive and handle myself with little worry; big enough for both of us when Julie joins me for…

Leading Schools That Focus on Both Meaning and Purpose

June 7, 2022

This week I am visiting the venerable Tower Hill School in Delaware to share thoughts about the status of education in a rapidly changing world, and some vision about how a leading school might impact the big challenges ahead. I was asked to share a few examples of schools that are really leading the way.…

The Delta School: A Learning Model for Rural Education?

May 23, 2022

Education and rural American have always been symbiotic.  In the 19th century, small towns built one-room school houses, and land grant colleges created the foundations for what are now many of the most thriving cities in the country.  Today that symbiosis is under severe threat.  Most education systems in rural America are underserved and under-supported;…

Join Me on Wisdom Road!

May 9, 2022

If you follow my social media at all, you know I am getting ready to launch a big, daunting, exciting, new project, #EdJourney on steroids: #WisdomRoad.  I won’t repeat the details here; the short one-pager in on my new website landing page, and a short launch article was published last week by my “communications partner”,…

A Model for Real World Learning Partnerships

April 12, 2022

Is your school, like so many others, thinking of leveraging community partnerships for real world, student-choice learning?  If so, read on! About four years ago, Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, TX launched their Professional Schools Program (PSP) in grades 9-12.  I visited them just before the launch, and revisited yesterday to get an update.  You…

One School Tackles the Patriarchy Head On

March 9, 2022

If you want your school to be considered a “leader”, but you’re not sure exactly what that might look like, here it is: Whatever strides towards empowering women and girls that K-12 has made over the past few decades, and there have been many, it is not enough.  Many post-secondary futures are highly gender-imbalanced.  The…

Teach History This Week

February 24, 2022

Napoleon. Stalin. Hitler. Putin.  Will the good Russian people ever learn that the wars that dictators foment never end well for them? The European wars of the 20th century are not ancient history; I was born 11 years after the end of WW II, which killed tens of millions in Europe alone.  Now, Putin, an…

New Free Video Library For SEL In Athletics/Advisories

January 31, 2022

All educators, not just those who teach in a traditional classroom, have a critical role to play in the social and emotional wellness of the next generation.  And beyond the traditional classroom, more American youth choose to spend their time involved in athletics than any other activity.  Isn’t it time that we stopped viewing athletics…

First Look At “The Best School In America”

November 19, 2021

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…

Decreasing “Friction” Is More Effective Than Increasing “Force”

November 10, 2021

When it comes to human decisions, reducing friction is radically more effective than increasing force. This simple lesson is evident in everything from rockets to swimming.  And it is is key to understanding how to get people to “move” from where they are to where we want them to be.  Loran Nordgren at the Kellog…

Leverage Points of Change: Part II

October 22, 2021

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…

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