The Building Blocks of Good Teaching

David Brooks wrote an article a few weeks ago about the building blocks of learning and it reminded me of our work with teachers. He said social emotional health is the foundation for kids and it’s a shame we don’t pay more attention to that. If that is what students need, what do teachers need? … Read More


I am reminded at this time of year of how hard teachers work and how empty the classroom must feel with the lights out, the chairs are up on the desks, and all the student work has been taken down from the walls. It must be so satisfying on one hand, yet such a relief … Read More

Postcards At The Edge…Of Impact.

Deloitte is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in New York City.  They employ 225,000+ road warriors who provide audit, tax consulting, enterprise risk and financial advisory services across the planet.  Throughout their long history, they have been committed to making the world a better place.  As part of their vision for being “best of … Read More

The Unfinished Business With Teachers

After Anne Marie Slaughter published her article in The Atlantic “Why Women Still Cant’ Have it All” in 2012, she touts in her book Unfinished Business that it became the most read article in the 150-year history of the magazine. I remember reading the article and having many conversations with women about whether or not … Read More

Make Me a Robot or Just Make Better Schools?

Last weekend I got the opportunity to meet some of the educators who attended the Makers Ed conference (a teacher practice network we fund) and attended the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The conference’s keynote speaker Nichole Pinkard, a friend of mine, pioneered some of the early digital media and learning work with the MacArthur … Read More

A Tale of Character and Grit

I read two interesting books this week: David Brook’s The Road to Character and Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Brooks argues that we should look more towards how we want to be remembered in a eulogy (what he calls “eulogy virtues”) rather than constantly being consumed by how to make our … Read More

Why We Haven’t Made Progress in Education

This weekend I read the The Purpose Economy by Aaron Hurst. Aaron is the genius behind the Taproot Foundation, an effort to connect pro bono services with needy non-profits. In his book, he offers five levers for social change that are not so far from the levers I’ve talked about in past blogs —public narrative, … Read More