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Reflections: on life, learning, and finding a metric for meaning

As I was packing up my office — the flotsam and jetsam of 13 years as superintendent and 43 years total in school work — someone walked in and commented, “can’t you throw most of this stuff out?” In that moment I held … Continue reading

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The Class of 2018: Gen Z

  The end of the school year is always a time for joy as we celebrate our high school graduates who leave us, some ready for adulthood and others a bit tenuous as they take first steps to try out … Continue reading

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Reflections upon …. Inspiration Ratio: How Do We Sustain the Love of Learning? by Tony Borash

Seven years ago, one evening after my colleagues had left the office floor we shared I spent some time thinking about teachers, 27 actually, whom I had experienced as a learner growing up in the rural Low Country of South … Continue reading

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When A New Year Begins: Reflections on the Past

It’s interesting that we mark the beginning of a new year just after the moment in time of the longest day of the year and the beginning of winter. I always think of new as being that which occurs in … Continue reading

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The Phygitals have Arrived — A Generation for this Century

The phygital generation or Gen Z finds manipulating virtual reality paddles or headsets, entering an AR world, snap chatting with a friend, or posting an IG story as comfortable as playing a game of soccer under a lighted night, dancing … Continue reading

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When Kids Make

They think  .. ask questions .. try out ideas   They design .. and create   They figure out solutions .. and then construct them They work together .. and sometimes alone   They code .. and make things work They share ideas .. … Continue reading

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Becoming Educated: More Questions Than Answers

What if we were designing learning spaces where kids would develop and sustain personal understanding? Empathy? Collaborative competencies? Social-emotional learning? (Creating collective social efficacy in a school community) What if thinking in every way possible — collaborative, creative, logical, analytical, effectual, entrepreneurial — became … Continue reading

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Thinking Beyond the School Box: Inspired Architecture + Contemporary Learning

I recently visited our newest multi-age space redesign in a small rural elementary school. When we began the process to modernize this school, we knew we had to design and build new space from the inside out.  The school had … Continue reading

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Getting to Yes

Have you ever agreed to something and then wondered if it was the smartest thing you ever did? That happened to me last spring. A colleague shared with me that a group of middle school kids was on a mission … Continue reading

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To Write is to Make: Reflecting on Paul Oh’s Words

I read a Medium post yesterday morning, “Writing as Making” written by Paul Oh. Paul is a favorite educator and one of my earliest connectors (@poh) on twitter. He serves as a Senior Program Associate for the National Writing Project. … Continue reading

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