Despite being an avid NYT reader, I had no clue that there was a cool website called Room for Debate. I wrote an opinion based about the value and need for Student Led Conferences using what I saw at the schools in my book on Deeper Learning as well as what I have observed at […]
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I so enjoyed recording the most recent #XQExpertSeries on Technology and Learning with Mary Ryerse, a former principal, and now Director of Strategic Design at Getting Smart and Nichole Pinkard, Founder of the Digital Youth Network and Associate Professor, CDM School of Design at DePaul University because I learned so much (I certainly hope the […]
I hope people have seen or read Emily Richmond’s article on Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences in the Hechinger Report and then a shorter summary in The Atlantic Monthly. Emily talks about the use of Student Led Conferences as part of a student centered approach as a foundation to improve a school that had not […]
Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate a a group of women state legislators who are members of a task force on mental health and substance abuse for the organization, Women in Government (http://www.womeningovernment.org). And they gave me hope in our policymakers. I had some trepidation to facilitate this meeting given the topic/problem is […]
School reform has come a long way….we are finally thinking about what students need to know and do but also, how we support teachers to develop these broader outcomes and are transforming from a focus on schooling to learning. Some call these broader outcomes 21st century skills, some call them work-based skills, college and career […]
I recently did a blog for Cross and Joftus based on some work I was doing with them in San Jose to help districts and schools that are working to promote deeper learning among students as an example that other districts can consider to support school based innovation.
This week I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the A+ Houston’s Speakers Series on the Future of Education sponsored by the Chevron Foundation. It was a great opportunity to be able to talk with business leaders, community leaders, higher education representatives, and K12 educators and leaders – including superintendents and principals. In […]
Hispanic Heritage Month has come and gone, serving as a celebration of our rich culture and the many contributions we’ve made to American society. What made this year’s commemoration different, though, is the feeling I’m left with at the end of the celebration. It’s a feeling of frustration and a drive to do more for […]
As educators, we know when students tune in — and we know when they tune out. The more elusive question is why. There is emerging consensus that the 20th-century approach to education, which favors methods such as lectures and rote learning, is standing in the way of making school relevant to more students. Fortunately, research […]
The following is an excerpt from “Deeper Learning How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century,” by Monica R. Martinez and Dennis McGrath. A particularly vivid example of putting students in the driver’s seat of their own education is the way they handle what traditional schools refer to as parent-teacher conferences. […]