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
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
The first time I heard about the Skid Row School was a few years ago. I finally made it to their training this last January and wasn’t disappointed. Becky Margiotta and Joe McCannon have translated the IHI model of improvement science into a really accessible set of steps to move from good work to large … Read More
Just before the big snow storm on February 10, I went to New York for a meeting sponsored by Mimi Ito, Justin Reich and Danah Boyd—From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies. There was a diverse and motley crew of entrepreneurs, researchers, funders, reporters and practitioners assembled in the Data … Read More
You might have noticed a long hiatus from both Don and me in our blogging! Can’t speak for Don, but I am back! I’ll do my best to reconstruct reflections on the last six months with conversations I’m in today. -C.
Few movies are as enjoyable as those that portray a “comeback.” Whether it’s Rocky or Rudy or even Ron Burgundy, we all love an ending where the protagonist triumphs—in defeat or victory. We all have our favorite cinema “come-from-behinds” but to me they all finish second to the real-life versions. My personal nomination for “Educational … Read More
For the past month I’ve been a little obsessed with podcasts. A bit like the time I made biscuits for nearly a month straight until I found the right recipe with the right balance of flakiness, buttery taste and exterior crunch. The Olmstead Café in Cary North Carolina had the winning recipe in case you … Read More
For several years now I’ve had a series of articles in my head. This last week I finished the last in the series. They summarize some of the big ideas and lessons that I’ve learned over the last five plus years at the Gates Foundation. They are not all in the same publication so ICYMI … Read More
This summer we had the absolute pleasure of hosting Deborah Ball from University of Michigan at the Foundation. We looked at good instruction through the lens of equity. We “met” several African American students through video and watched both their behaviors and the teacher’s behaviors during really challenging and rich math lessons. We all agreed … Read More
Gettingsmart.com article: 7 Ways Teachers Are Connecting and Collaborating Online -C.