Category Archives: School Reform

“Forcing” Change

Avid gardeners know it is possible to ‘force’ some bulbs to sprout and produce flowers ahead of their normal schedule and outside their natural environment. The process requires that you artificially mimic and compress the process that would occur naturally … Continue reading

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The Wrong Way to Bring About Change

Unfortunately, we have a long history of approaching change in schools from the wrong angles. We’ve tried to ‘force’ change to happen through deliberate policy and legislative mandates (think NCLB). We’ve experimented with external motivators (think merit pay). We’ve tried … Continue reading

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College and Career Ready–Are they the same thing?

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to the dismal job we are doing when it comes to helping kids define and prepare for their path in life. It seems obvious to me that others are noting this too. … Continue reading

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Thoughts about iPads and Learning

We have a full house in the office today. In fact, over 120 educators have convened here to collaborate around the topic of using iPads in the classroom. Obviously much of what is being discussed applies to other digital mobile … Continue reading

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The successful graduate

What qualities lead to success in life? Is it high scores on standardized tests? Perhaps it is the ability to earn straight A’s in school. Or perhaps it is linked to a high IQ. Obviously, there are a host of … Continue reading

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Are teachers becoming irrelevant?

I’ve never worked in a factory, but I suspect that there was a day when factory workers could never imagine being replaced by robots. I doubt that bank tellers imagined the day when their job could be done by ATM’s. … Continue reading

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Why New Results May not be Possible in Schools–Part 2

In my last post, I focused on the idea that systems control results. To make the case I gave a concrete, real-life example showing how our traffic system controls the results. If you haven’t read Why New Results May not … Continue reading

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