Tapping into “Your Most Unhappy Customers”

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” Bill Gates I read the above quote and it really struck a nerve.  I know student voice is extremely important in schools, and many have made strides to make this… Continue Reading

Innovation is About a Way of Thinking

The below tweet from Edutopia was shared over and over again through social networks yesterday, because of the power of the idea. “Alright stop, COLLABORATE, and listen.” pic.twitter.com/ZGVV9fhUsC — edutopia (@edutopia) September 14, 2015 This is a great idea in theory,… Continue Reading

Why are we doing that again?

Years ago, there was a practice in my school division where all administrators were provided a BlackBerry, when cellular phones just started to become the norm.  The thought process behind this was that if there was an emergency, this would… Continue Reading

Maybe Not Tomorrow, but When?

I just read a great post by Alice Keeler, titled “In the Real World“, where she discusses the irony of the idea that schools need to prepare students for the “real world”, yet many of the things that happen in… Continue Reading

3 Questions To Help Measure School “Success”

Yesterday I had a great conversation with a school district administrator about how we measure “student success”.  As I thought about this, one of the ideas that lingered in my mind is the difference between measuring student success, or measuring… Continue Reading

Understanding and Removing Barriers

Grant Wiggins, a visionary education reformer who has made a tremendous impact now and will continue to do so even after his recent passing, and was one of the developers of “Understanding by Design” (with Jay McTighe), shared a powerful “guest”… Continue Reading

If you have the choice, shouldn’t they?

As someone who often leads professional learning opportunities, it is always interesting to try to take notice of the little things that are happening in the room, and then some of the comments that are made regarding student learning and… Continue Reading

It’s not always about the decision, but often about how the decision was made.

If you have read this blog before, you have known that I am repetitive on the notion that innovation starts with the question, “what is best for kids?”  We have to do our best to make this a focal point… Continue Reading