January
12
2019

Stop Celebrating Low-Level Learning

In the spring of 2002, I was teaching 4th grade in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teacher in my second year, my classroom had a 1:1 student-to-device ratio. That’s right, in 2002, 17 years ago, we were 1:1. Palm Pilots. Yes, Palm Pilots. Remember those things? “I’d love to see th...

January
01
2019

In the News…2019

April This Educator Made a Documentary About Teachers Turning Toward Entrepreneurship, Forbes, Link Should I Build a Personal Brand? Ep3, Scaling Creative Podcast, Video Link February 2019 Digital Learning Day, Alliance for Excellent Education, Link Leader in Education Keynotes National Teacher Appr...

December
29
2018

How Do You Model Risk-Taking?

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was looking back through my notes as I sat next to her in a post-observation meeting, about to give feedback on the lesson from the day before. Two days earlier, I had run our faculty meeting. As a principal early in my career, so many of these meetings loo...

December
22
2018

The Work You Do Has Power

Blockbuster.  Netflix.Toys ‘R’ Us.  Amazon.Radio Shack.  Amazon.Kmart.  Amazon.Taxicab. Uber. LyftNewspapers. Facebook. Instagram. Snapchat. YouTube. On demand content.…and now Sears.  Amazon. Advances in technology are disrupting almost every industry, and...

December
15
2018

Overcoming Social Media Fears

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Amy Fast at one of our Future Ready Institutes. Amy is an awesome High School Assistant Principal from Oregon and is the type of school leader that leverages social media in her daily work; to both share the incredible things that happen in he...

December
08
2018

Are You In Your Own Way?

I often wonder how many times it’s been me. The roadblock. The great idea diverter. The dream killer. The innovation crusher. How many times has it been my own lens that has gotten in the way? …and I never even realized it? I honestly believe no educator gets up in the morning and heads...

December
01
2018

Designing Inclusive Learning Spaces

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift Over the past few years, learning space redesign has become one of the trendiest topics in education. Yet, it’s imperative to remember that redesigning learning spaces is about how design impacts the brain...

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