Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley


Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.


Digital Citizenship: A Parent Perspective



This week a CBC Ontario Today broadcast featured an open lines show with Danah Boyd, author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.

(For further discussion on this program, see the blog post here.)

This week, our Tuesday night live voice discussion will take a look at the parent perspective.  We recommend that you take time to listen to the  CBC podcast of  When Keeping an Eye on Kids Becomes Spying  prior to Tuesday night.

The session  (June 3rd, 2014 at 8 p.m. EDT)  will be hosted  [here]  to share your insights,ideas and ask questions.  The meeting room will be open at 7:30.  If you are joining us for the first time,  allow a few minutes for the necessary plugins to download.

The book is also available (free) for download at

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We look forward to connecting with you for sharing and discussion.


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End of Year Burnout: How to Finish the Marathon in Stride


As the we see the end of May I have always found June to come and go in a blur.
It is a time of year when we look at our classes or projects or whatever and think I need to get this done and so we put the peddle to the metal so to speak and work hard to get that last topic covered or report done. I just read an Edutopia article on the topic of Year End Burn Out which the mentality above certainly can lead to and I thought the suggestions are very good ones to put it all in perspective.

Tony Wagner – Overcoming the Global Achievement Gap



In America today, there is a new Achievement Gap: it is the gap between the new skills that all students need in the 21st century versus what is tested and taught even in our best schools. There is also a Learning Gap between how the Net Generation is learning and collaborating out of school versus what they do all day in classrooms. In his presentation, Tony Wagner will help educators understand these gaps and then explore the most effective strategies for preparing all students for careers, college, and citizenship in the new global knowledge society.

Freeman Hrabowski – Educational Leadership for the 21st Century


Rapid and dramatic demographic and technological changes present our nation’s schools with enormous challenges for educating students in the new century. Among the most critical questions we fare are what will students need to know in order to succeed academically, and what skills and values must they possess? What strategies and best practices can educational leaders use, working together with parents and community leaders, to ensure rigor, elevate academic achievement, and support the success of all students? Answers to these questions will substantially influence how well students achieve academically, and ultimately, America’s global competitiveness and the civic engagement of its citizens in the first part of the 21st century.

The Fish Philosophy


Many years ago I saw a video of the Fish Philosophy and it always stuck with me as I have had my many leadership roles.

It is a service model that is premised on 4 main ideas:

  1. Play
  2. Make Their day
  3. Be There
  4. Choose your Attitude