Reimagining Education with Some Great Speakers on Ted Talks Education


Hear inspiring leaders on the topic of learning in this TED project hosted by John Legend.

Hear inspiring and forward-looking leaders and thinkers on the topic of learning, including Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson, Sir Ken Robinson and Geoffrey Canada, among others. Hosted by John Legend, this special focused solely on education marks the first TED project produced specifically for television.

There is so much here that can be used to inspire and direct our energy this upcoming school year.  If you are looking for something for that first staff meeting or class there is definitely something here for you to incorporate and share.

Summers Here Time to “Sharpen The Saw”


I haven’t blogged for awhile and today I thought I might try to get things going again here on my blog.

As a Superintendent there is no last day of school like you find when you are a principal or teacher.  The summer and rest of the year just blend all together and it is like this that I find this summer.  I have been working all this week but it is a bit less hectic then in the regular school year.  The never-ending barrage of email has slowed down so that I actually clear my inbox regularly and all those long term planning pieces are finally getting some attention.  I am even getting a chance to do some professional reading (sliding in a bit of personal reading as well).  Steven Covey in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People refers to this as “Sharpening the Saw”.  It is taking time to step away from things, refresh, develop relationships with others in your circle of influence.  We in education are lucky to have the gift of time in the summer and it is so important that we use it to do those things we can’t easily find time to do.

Article: Always On: the Digital Student


Anyone with children knows that technology is changing the way kids and young adults communicate: Phone calls have been replaced by texting or Snapchatting, board games have been replaced by immersive multi-player online games, and books have been replaced by tablets and vlogs. This article below is about the Always on generation and our use of data to program for them.

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Awesome example of Google+ and video streaming in classroom


Awesome example of how streamed media can create excitement in the classroom.

During our final Book Talk on Air with the 3rd graders this year, Mo O’Hara joined us. At the end of our broadcast, she told the kids that she would send us her newest book (which isn’t even out in the US yet), and this was their reaction…

Pure. Joy.

Check out Mo’s website to learn more about her –