Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

Throwback Thursday: How to Honor Einstein, Mandela, and Steve Jobs

Educators today seem to be faced with a choice: Keep teaching centuries-old ways of organizing the world through traditional disciplines such as math, science and music or throw it all out in favor of innovation, creativity and problem-solving skills.  OR It is a false choice. Maybe it's even paralyzing us and therefore not allowing change.… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: How to Honor Einstein, Mandela, and Steve Jobs

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Check this out: Institute for Humane Education

We are so excited to have met the great people who run the Institute for Humane Education. Founder Zoe Weil reached out to us and said, "Hey, we should connect." We read their vision and found it incredibly similar to ours, almost down to the word! We spoke with Zoe as well as Executive Director Sarah… Continue reading Check this out: Institute for Humane Education

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

#OccupyPlayGround

People sometimes ask us “But do you really think kids can change the world? You just mean that they’ll learn to change the world.  Or that they can influence their school. Right?” So let’s take this opportunity to be uber clear:  Our vision is kids changing the world. Full stop.  End of story. And now… Continue reading #OccupyPlayGround

Testing and Assessments

An image is worth a thousand words…or a couple hundred thousand years

I love this image we created for our Fellowship Summit. How long has our modern design for schools been in existence? It often feels like we've always done school with desks in rows and a teacher in the front, students separated by age and written tests to check for learning -- but the pink portion… Continue reading An image is worth a thousand words…or a couple hundred thousand years

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Throwback Thursday: Imagine What School Could Be

This is probably my all-time favorite post. It comes from May of 2013 and provides such a clear, compelling vision of how different (and exciting, fun, energizing, powerful) school could be if we really push ourselves to transform. I thought about it as I drove to school this morning because I saw this graph posted… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Imagine What School Could Be

News and Trends, Stage 4: Disciplinary Thinking

Trending: If you only make one change…

One way to look at the world is to divide it into adaptive and technical challenges and solutions. For example if I am a teacher using a math textbook that is outdated, I can solve that problem with a technical solution, a new textbook.  If, however, my challenge is not just my textbook, but that… Continue reading Trending: If you only make one change…

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Think About: Making Passion Count

What would happen if…. we measured passion, purpose and joy instead of skills and content? What would happen if instead of judging our schools based on test scores and passing rates, we evaluated them based on their ability inspire students’ passion, help students shape their purpose and create joyful learning communities?  What would happen? Seem… Continue reading Think About: Making Passion Count

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Try This – A New Kind of Rubric

Just like we need to rethink accountability for 21st century, we also need to reimagine how we assess students in our own classrooms. To take a step in that direction, check out these innovative assessment tools! Measuring Creativity - The Buck Institute created this rubric for measuring creativity and innovation.  It’s aligned to CCSS to… Continue reading Try This – A New Kind of Rubric

Stage 2: Joyful and Efficient

Try this: Go paperless

Looking for ways to make your classroom more joyful and efficient? Want to model world-changing practices for your students? Join me in a little challenge: go paperless! Drawing inspiration from yesterday's march for the climate in New York, I'm giving myself until the end of the semester to completely eliminate paper from my classroom...and I hope… Continue reading Try this: Go paperless

Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership

Trending: Change Leadership

"Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The United States pauses today to celebrate the life and legacy… Continue reading Trending: Change Leadership