What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

June 15, 2017

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…

A School Engaging in the Steep Part of the Innovation Curve: University Prep, Seattle

June 15, 2017

It’s one thing to hear a school boast that it is “innovative” or to see that word splashed across their website.  It is quite another, and still rarer than we would like, to find a trove or artifacts at at school that, together, paint a real picture of sustained, intentional, innovation.  The later is what…

I Remember Nearly Every Teacher…and So Will Your Students

June 15, 2017

The end of a school year is “tired time” for teachers and students alike. You are beat, and can’t wait for the much deserved summer break.  I remember like it was yesterday, not decades ago, that visceral warmth of the last day of school, knowing the days ahead meant sun and swimming pools and unhinged time, despite…

Vanishing Shopping Malls Are a Big Warning Sign for Schools

June 15, 2017

Most students in school today have never played, and certainly never bought, a music CD.  Within a few years after Apple launched the iTunes store a decade ago, sales of CD’s in America had dropped by something like 80%. A similar radical mutation is taking place right now in retail shopping, with widespread shuttering across America…

Textbooks Will Soon Be On the History Shelf

June 13, 2017

In an industrial-age system of education known for rigidity, there is nothing that screams “one-size-fits-all” more than the box of clean, new, un-scuffed, tightly-bound, inky-smelling textbooks that arrives in a teacher’s room once every five or six years, accompanied by an instruction manual about how to efficiently transfer the information in those boxes to groups…

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

June 13, 2017

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…

Rise of the Architect-Leader in Schools

June 13, 2017

I kept a blog from Tom Olverson pinned to my browser for most of a week, letting it stew to see if I could add anything to what is already a tremendously elegant argument on school leadership.  I think I can, but only because I am building on such well-crafted thinking by Tom, and by…

Vanishing Shopping Malls Are a Big Warning Sign for Schools

June 11, 2017

Most students in school today have never played, and certainly never bought, a music CD.  Within a few years after Apple launched the iTunes store a decade ago, sales of CD’s in America had dropped by something like 80%. A similar radical mutation is taking place right now in retail shopping, with widespread shuttering across America…

I Remember Nearly Every Teacher…and So Will Your Students

June 6, 2017

The end of a school year is “tired time” for teachers and students alike. You are beat, and can’t wait for the much deserved summer break.  I remember like it was yesterday, not decades ago, that visceral warmth of the last day of school, knowing the days ahead meant sun and swimming pools and unhinged time, despite…

A School Engaging in the Steep Part of the Innovation Curve: University Prep, Seattle

May 26, 2017

It’s one thing to hear a school boast that it is “innovative” or to see that word splashed across their website.  It is quite another, and still rarer than we would like, to find a trove or artifacts at at school that, together, paint a real picture of sustained, intentional, innovation.  The later is what…

Rise of the Architect-Leader in Schools

May 18, 2017

I kept a blog from Tom Olverson pinned to my browser for most of a week, letting it stew to see if I could add anything to what is already a tremendously elegant argument on school leadership.  I think I can, but only because I am building on such well-crafted thinking by Tom, and by…

What Kind of Leaders Are We Raising?

May 15, 2017

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…

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