January
29
2016

3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Each January, thousands travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the nation’s best edtech related learning opportunities for educators. Showing a growing t...

January
12
2016

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own. From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. Regardless o...

January
06
2016

What Makes a Great Education Tweet?

Since getting its start less than a decade ago, more than a billion users have signed up for Twitter, with an estimated 320 million of them currently active. While Katy Perry (@katyperry) may top the charts with the most followers (80 million and counting), the average number of Twitter followers fo...

January
01
2016

In the News…2016

December “Shifting the Paradigm for the Age of Automation”, Principal Leadership, Link 14 Trailblazing Educators You Should Follow on Twitter, eSchoolNews, Link November The 20 Education Thought Leaders You Should be Following Right Now, TrustED, Link October How Today’s Tech Depar...

December
23
2015

The Little Things…

It began just like any other trip to see Santa. The kids were overly excited; both anxious to get in the car and go sit on Santa’s lap. Our five year old little girl, Paisley, began reviewing her wish list, excited to tell Santa the things she hoped to wake up to Christmas morning. At the age of two...

December
18
2015

6 STEAM Tinkering Tools for the Holidays

This year brought with it a renewed interest in science and technology, as STEAM, makerspaces, 3D printing, and coding all became hot topics. Each year, as parents look to celebrate the various holidays with our kids, many of us rack our brains trying to find gifts that are both fun and educational....

December
15
2015

5 Issues Every ‘Future Ready’ School Leader Must Address

This post originally appeared in Edsurge and can be accessed in its entirety through the link below. On December 10, 2015, phase two of the Future Ready Initiative, led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the US Department of Education, was kicked off at the White House. To date, over 2,000...

September
08
2015

Written with Love on Your 1st Day of Kindergarten

It had snowed all day and all night. 17 inches to be exact. We can remember it like it was yesterday – every detail. Your personality and drive were prominent the moment you were born. You instantly made the world a better place. After losing two babies while in mommy’s belly, your mom and I prayed...

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