What Skills Will Our Students Need?

The White House released a report on automation, artificial intelligence and the economy last year and warned that millions of Americans could be left behind given the current pace of technological change. The White House estimates 9-47 percent of the jobs could be threatened by the pace of change. Economists are still unsure of how … Read More

Harmony Magnet Academy and the Joy Factor

While we were in the Central Valley we went to a Linked Learning/NAF/Project Lead the Way school called Harmony Magnet Academy. Don Shalvey has been begging me to go to Lindsay and see a Linked Learning school for five years now. I can see him smiling. Our gracious hosts Cindy Brown from Central Office and … Read More

Lindsay, CA: Too good to be true?

This month I took a trip to the Central Valley to visit the schools in Lindsay, CA. You may know it as the poster child for a personalized learning district. 100 percent are free and reduced lunch; 97 percent speak Spanish at home; 44 percent of the learners live in families where the parents did … Read More

Spring Reading

I’ve been reading a lot of great books lately and wanting to share the top five: Stick With It by Sean Young (forthcoming from Harper Collins). I was lucky enough to get a copy of the draft and it’s worth the read to help you with behavior change in your life and the role it … Read More

Principals: Look Within for Solutions

This last week I went to the Carnegie Summit on Continuous Improvement. I sat in on Peter Senge’s workshop on System Leadership. I had not read his work or followed it since The Fifth Discipline and was quietly surprised by his latest thinking.  I felt like I was in a personal coaching session rather than … Read More

What’s the Kolbe A for Kids?

This last week some of us had the chance to take a skills inventory/assessment called Kolbe A that looks at our assets and acknowledges the way we approach both communication and problem solving. Since I took Insights (slightly different inventory with wicked accurate results) about six years ago, I’ve wanted to create an inventory for … Read More