May
23
2018

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. as the “Homework Gap”) to support students, particularly those most in need. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 5 million families do not have connectivity at home. Ac...

April
01
2018

Learning Transformed: A PLC Opportunity

This June will mark one year since my coauthor Eric Sheninger and I released Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today with ASCD. I feel blessed to say that the response by school leaders has been overwhelming. Eric and I continue to see firsthand the powerful transfo...

February
19
2018

10 Steps to Developing a Powerful Learning Culture

“Be the leader you wish you had.” —Simon Sinek Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective to one that’s personal, empowering, and owned by the learner. How can we create such a culture of ownership and empowerment? 1. Clearly def...

January
29
2018

300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

Simply put, educators are some of the most dynamic, creative, brilliant people on the planet. When we work alone, our effectiveness will be capped at our own potential. When we work together, our brilliance will only be capped by our own egos and pride. So how can we best leverage our collective exp...

January
03
2018

The Waze of Great Leadership

Being one who travels virtually every week, I often find myself in remote locations, driving to hotels I’ve never seen, in a town I’ve never been. Upon landing at the closest airport, I’ll typically grab my carry-on luggage, proceed down an escalator, and if my destination is too f...

January
01
2018

In the News…2018

June Exclusive Podcast and Mindshare Learning Moment with Thomas C. Murray, MindShare Learning Technology, Link 10 Fantastic Teaching and Education Blogs to Follow, Tutorfair, Link May [Webinar] Raising Readers to Leaders, One Page at a Time, Future Ready Schools, Link April Thomas C. Murray named t...

December
18
2017

Learning Transformed #LT8keys Holiday Giveaway

Friends, Regardless of which holiday(s) you may celebrate, we can all agree that the holiday season is more about giving than receiving. Whether it’s a gift during one of Hanukkah’s eight holy nights, presents under the tree Christmas morning, giving in celebration of Kwanzaa, etc., this...

December
14
2017

7 Ways to Build Trust with Your School Community #LT8keys

If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you. – Unknown In many schools, the community,—particularly parents—feels left in the dark. Within their own walls, schools often work diligently to communicate the latest initiatives, results, and grading practices, or they discuss things such as...

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