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 —Simon Sinek Professional learning in many districts must undergo radical reform, from a model that’s outdated and ineffective to one that’s personal, empowering, and owned by the learner.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...


6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

It was August of 2000. I was about to enter my very first year teaching fourth grade in Pennsylvania. At 21 years old and a new college degree in hand, I thought I had a clue as to what it would take to be a new teacher. I had no idea that my first year teaching would be one of the most difficult an...


7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools, prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal,...


9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Although recent studies indicate that the top-down, one-size-fits-...


6 Keys to a Successful 1:1 Implementation

Over the past few years, as most school budgets have remained stagnant, spending in educational technology has continued to climb. In a report entitled, “Technology in Education: Global Trends, Universe Spend and Market Outlook,“ FutureSource consulting projected that edtech spending wor...


The Problem with Prepackaged STEM Products

The following is a guest post from Ross Cooper. Connect with Ross on Twitter. Over the last handful of years we have seen an explosion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. And, coinciding with this movement has been an influx of new STEM-related products that are sc...


6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. Regardless o...


Professional Learning: The Heart of Transformation

Over the past five months, I’ve had the privilege of working with approximately 500 school leadership teams – about 2,000 school district administrators, on their district’s digital conversion. Each district brings with it a unique set of challenges and circumstances. As witnessed when working...



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