Path v2.0: My New Opportunity

Almost two years ago I wrote a post about leaving education after a 27 year career to pursue a passion around design and learning spaces. My opportunities working with The Third Teacher+ have been everything I thought they would be and more.  In the past two years, I’ve grown tremendously as a professional, had the […]

Not So Fast…

I just had the opportunity to present at the GAFE Southern Summit in Atlanta over past weekend.  One of my sessions introduced participants to the process of design thinking.  While it is a challenge to “do” design thinking in an hour, I had a great group and it was a lot of fun. I’ve been […]

Think Bigger

How big do you think? What constraints limit your practice and how you think about education and learning?  Do you consciously try to reduce or remove those barriers and boundaries by being a learner? And when you look at new things, new opportunities, what do you wonder about?  What’s your first question when you see […]

Test Kitchen

What’s your library like? If it’s like most school libraries, that’s a pretty obvious answer -books, tables, circulation desk, some reference stations, a computer lab or two – you get the picture. There’s nothing wrong with that of course.  What I’ve just described has worked for a long time and has served schools and students […]

Preparing for New Learning Spaces

What will you design? I recently received a request to discuss my ideas on what a school district should consider when preparing to build a new school.  As you might expect for any school district, developing an answer to this question is a daunting and challenging task but one that should be met with the […]

Developing the Design Mind

Over the past two years, I’ve challenged myself to develop an understanding of the design thinking process.  Most of my work has been long hours of independent study, but my grasp on the process has been greatly aided and influenced by working with Christian Long, Trung Le, and Melanie Kahl of The Third Teacher+, Laura […]

What If? | NYSCATE Summer Leadership Conference

What If? has probably become my favorite presentation as I can go in many different directions with it.  I just did a “What If?” Ignite session at ISTE (I begin at 23.57) – 5 minutes of presentation across 20 slides with the slide deck advancing every 15 seconds.  It was an interesting experience to say the […]

Educon 2.4 | Philadelphia, PA

I’ll be at Educon 2.4 in Philadelphia this January.  I’ll be leading a conversation entitled “What If,” designed to give participants an opportunity to do some divergent thinking and visioning.  I see too much “blinder thinking” in education and this will be a simple attempt at helping people rethink their thinking, and how they develop […]

Words Matter | Textbook

  Textbook A book filled with text. And pictures. Textbooks are a leftover from an era when information was analog, scarce, and proprietary. Sometimes textbooks even have math problems, and sometimes these are story problems, which still strike fear into the heart of every person who ever attended school.  I’m still not sure today how […]