Education - general · Presuming Competence

The Power of Positive Feedback

Musician Marty Stuart tells this story about a famous fellow Mississippian: “Now there was a young man from DeSoto County, Mississippi, who found himself a mentor in one Dr. Robert Khayat, who at the time was a professor of law at the University of Mississippi.  One of Dr. Khayat’s greatest gifts is recognizing and unlocking the greatness in people.… Continue reading The Power of Positive Feedback

Education - general · Uncategorized

“No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State”

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has just published a report of its findings from an 18-month study of education systems known for high PISA performance.  The focus of the study was to identify areas of commonality in those programs, compare them to current practice in the United States, and make recommendations for how real… Continue reading “No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State”

inclusion · Presuming Competence

“When Adaptive Technology and Powerful Messages Collide”

“I attended my first IEP meeting when I was nineteen,” begins Jordyn Zimmerman’s keynote address at the 2016 Building Learning Communities conference in Boston, MA.  It was a pivotal moment in her education, and her life. Jordyn is an amazing young woman.  She has plans to become a teacher, and I can safely say I… Continue reading “When Adaptive Technology and Powerful Messages Collide”

design thinking · Uncategorized

Three Tips to Get You Started in Design Thinking

School districts can sometimes feel like giant ocean liners.  They hold a lot of people, but they can take a long time to change direction.  When there are problems that need to be addressed, the process of “Design Thinking” is gaining a lot of popularity as a framework for coming up with innovative solutions.  The… Continue reading Three Tips to Get You Started in Design Thinking