Do you dream of busting out of the factory model of education? Become an Ed to Save the World Fellow and push the boundaries of how we teach and learn! July 6 - 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. Click here for the application or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In a 2008 Harvard Business Review profile, Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, offered some insight into effectively managing creativity and innovation. As Julie, Juliet and I gear up for the second annual Ed to Save the World Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, his thoughts are a helpful reminder about what it takes to be an… Continue reading What it means to lead innovation
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
Good morning! Summer is just around the corner and Julie, Juliet and I are busy preparing for our Innovation Summit, which will kick off the 2015-16 Fellowship this July in Washington, DC. We can't wait to re-charge and re-inspire ourselves by working with our awesome Fellows! Thinking about applying to join us as a Fellow? Consider… Continue reading The Fellowship Countdown!
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
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 For example if I am a teacher using a math textbook that is outdated, I can solve that problem with a technical solution, a new textbook.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…
In June of 2013 (original post here), we created this checklist to help us self-assess and stay focused on the type of leaders we wanted to be -- generative, cage-busting, systems-thinking. We needed something quick, easy, and compact, unlike many of the self-assessments we had seen before, which consisted of pages and pages of scales and descriptors. Take… Continue reading Take 5 minutes…to check in on your leadership!
As I've been re-reading previous posts, I've been reminded of two key ideas about learning and leadership: 1) Culture > Policies 2) Principles > Strategies As leaders in education, we must recognize that the culture of our institutions is far more important than any initiative or policy we could invent. Why aren't kids reading? It's not for… Continue reading Adult learning and leadership: Culture over policies, principles over strategies
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
Dear Wonderful Ed2S Readers, Your help is needed! I’m working on nailing down a research question for my School Leadership Residency project at High Tech High’s GSE and would love your insights. I’m interested in thinking about how we assess schools. What factors do we currently consider? Do those match with our goals for schools,… Continue reading What Makes a School Successful?