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What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

Does your school value students who exhibit character, grit, and leadership?  Is it in your mission to develop these traits in your students?  Probably, and rightly so.  But as I and others have urged educators to step back and think deeply about the meaning of the word “grit”, an important article by Susan Cain, writing in [...]

My New Book: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

The thesis  of my new book is simple: Schools have been stuck for decades, but WE can overcome that inertia without permission from the forces that have created the inertia in the first place. I throw down a pretty strong challenge in this book: WE can change the system of education at scale using these powerful levers [...]

By | 2017-05-12T14:34:39+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Mastery Transcript Consortium Gets $2 Million Grant; Potential K-12 Game Changer

We should all use the term "game-changer" sparingly in education, and probably always preceded by the qualifier "potential.  But I believe that the Mastery Transcript Consortium is one of these.  When founder Scott Looney first contacted me to discuss this idea more than two years ago, I told him that it deserved this kind of [...]

New Podcast; Sharing Lessons from “#EdJourney” and “Moving the Rock”

How great is it that a district superintendent and assistant superintendent take time every week to research, prepare, conduct, edit, and publish a podcast that is shared with hundreds of other educators?  What a great example of leading by example as we move into the new era where the "flow" of knowledge is more important [...]

How Will Educators Deal With the “Death of Expertise”?

A primary role of education is to give students the skill and wisdom to know how to gain knowledge. A key element of that process for centuries has been the reliance on experts who have invested enormous time, money, and intellectual resources in gaining knowledge and understanding that is deeper, more detailed, and often more [...]

Think You Know Disruptive Innovation? Read On!

From Dumaguete City, Negros Island, Philippines Changing what we do in schools is uncomfortable, even hard sometimes, certainly complex.  But as you ponder the “why, what, and how” of change at your school, in your district, or by your community, as you struggle with the inevitable discomfort and disruptions, take a look at what REALLY complex [...]

Check Out Incredible Curriculum Spiral via Ross School

Rhetorical question for all educators: do you have or wish you had a really well-scaffolded curriculum? To be honest, I would have thought by now most schools could answer that integrated curriculum maps and tight alignment amongst subjects and grade levels were well in our rearview mirrors; that faculty who work in the same school [...]

By | 2017-04-23T07:18:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|21C Skills, Challenges to Education, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Great Job Posting for Innovation Leader

A you know I rarely advocate for one school, but you also know the high esteem I hold for the remarkable leadership of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta.  So when they asked that I share a job opening opportunity, I am happy to do so.  If you think of yourself as an innovator, creator, [...]

By | 2017-04-22T01:17:37+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is the Traditional Breaking Point of Leaders’ Thinking?

What is the point at which people are not willing to look beyond the horizon? Next week at the annual NAIS conference (#NAISAC), John Gulla and are are giving a three-hour workshop with the primary goal of pushing education leaders’ thinking beyond their current horizons.  We will have between 85-100 leaders from something like 60 [...]

By | 2017-05-15T09:24:26+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments