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(Power)Pointless or Purposeful?

Why do we ask kids to make presentations, on topics they don’t care about, to an audience that doesn’t exist? ~ Gary Stager At last month’s ISTE conference, I had the pleasure of hearing both Gary Stager (@garystager) and Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) speak during two separate sessions.  Both were very powerful, and thought-provoking presentations that, … Continue reading

The North Star Effect: Improvement by Degrees

The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.  ~ James Whitcomb Riley Results.  Terms like academic rigor, data driven, common core, and standardized assessment dominate current educational vocabulary — all intended to drive and measure results.  I … Continue reading

21st Century Educating, Part 4: Difference Making

This is the fourth in a five-part series on what I view as critical qualities for 21st Century educational leaders. These posts are not intended to be all-inclusive, nor are the topics addressed in any particular order.   Of all of the responsibilities of modern-day educators, I don’t believe any are as important, or empowering, … Continue reading

A Fight with Injustice: Will You Show Up?

We’ve been put on this stunning planet to do much more than just “get by.”  ~ Palmer Chinchen Do you ever find yourself plagued by indecision and self-doubt, wondering about your place (and contribution) in the world? Am I doing what I was meant to be doing? Is there something else I should be doing? … Continue reading

Challenging Students to Make a Difference

Note: This post is intended to be an addendum to a previous post entitled, Are We Cultivating Giant Killers? If you haven’t had a chance to read those thoughts, I would welcome your feedback. Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.  ~ Author Unknown Every generation … Continue reading