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Sandbox: Welcome to a Free-Range Future of Learning!

In the last two days, I have had the honor and joy to deeply engage with more than 60 colleagues from across the US and New Zealand, all from my home desk, for free.  That's nothing new for me; I am not tied down at a school. But here is what is new: so did they.  How [...]

“Generatives”: New Value Opportunities for Schools?

What is the value of a school? What will it be in the future, for your school? Are we anywhere in the ballpark on this discussion? We should always pay attention to ideas at the margins of our own experience; this helps keep confirmation bias in check and brings fresh DNA into the pool of [...]

Guest Blog @Buck Institute: Three Checks on Your PBL Practice

One of the most common through-going themes of deeper learning schools is a marked increase in project-based work. One of our best resources for training and implementation of PBL is the Buck Institute.  I was happy to contribute my observations to their blog this week with three lessons I have learned from visiting so many [...]

By | 2017-09-28T11:35:16+00:00 September 28th, 2017|21C Skills, Innovation in Education|0 Comments

Must-Read for Educators: The Inevitable by Kevin Kelley

I'm pretty good at distilling, summarizing, synthesizing, and then sharing; it is what I do best for my fellow educators.  I certainly don't arrive at big ideas by myself. Most are the products of interactions with "others", which stew for some time in my mental crock pot before they are ready for consumption. I am stumped [...]

Transforming Education: The Rise of the Tribe

It is a pretty fair estimate that 7,000-10,000 American educators participate in at least one education Twitter chat each month of the school year.  I also asked the EdCamp foundation to estimate about how many American educators attended at least one of these day-long events in the last year.  Their best estimate is in the range [...]

By | 2017-09-21T14:33:20+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Innovation in Education, Leading Change|0 Comments

Sandbox: Launching the Post-Twitter Chat Education Revolution

Simply: welcome to the end of the Twitter Chat Era for educators, and the start of the Sandbox Era! Twitter has been educators' most powerful tool for professional collaboration for at least the last five years. It is quick, efficient, free, we can access it whenever we want, and millions of us have joined to [...]

By | 2017-09-15T16:52:28+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Innovation in Education, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Five Horizon-Pushers That Should Be On Your Plate Today

This week in New Orleans, I once again have the honor of co-presenting with John Gulla, Executive Director of the EE Ford Foundation.  Between us we have visited and worked with something like 400+ schools over the last five years. This will be the fourth time that John and I have shared our thoughts about [...]

Another Innovator Breaking the Mold of “School”

Claire Amos is a leading educator and visionary in New Zealand; she has been one of the key founders of Hobsonville Point Secondary School, about which I have written and shared extensively.  Now Claire is launching newly designed City Senior School at the Launching Pad, and rather than me re-drawing the picture, just read her blog [...]

Rich New Resources for Competency-Based Education

I don't pretend to be an expert on competency-based education (CBE), but I know two things about it: there is a lot of discussion about how to build CBE into our schools, and there is a lot of dissonance about what actually constitutes effective CBE. Thanks to Kim Carter, a long-time guru in developing CBE [...]

By | 2017-09-06T14:51:30+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Innovation in Education|0 Comments

Community School, Sun Valley: They Have Already Broken Parts of the Outdated K-12 Operating System

Looking northeast from Sun Valley, Idaho I visit and work with so many schools that are trying to build a clarity of possibility about the future.  School leaders, faculty, students, and parents know that the traditional model of education is not preparing students for their future; they know they want a deeper, richer learning experience [...]