March
21
2017

Just Announced: FREE Future Ready Schools Institutes

As many readers of my blog know, I serve as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. So, today, I’m excited to share that we have officially released our 2017 Regional Institute dates and locations! Wha...

March
16
2017

From Heartache to Hope

This post is dedicated to the five people that lost their lives and the many that were affected by the events at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6, 2017. January 6th began like so many other travel days for me. After keynoting an event the night before, I woke up, packed my belongings from th...

February
14
2017

Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

This past weekend I was searching for a particular feature inside the Facebook app while on my cell phone. As I scrolled through some of the settings, I realized that a new feature had been added. Having worked on connectivity issues at the national level, and having seen firsthand the vast differen...

February
10
2017

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

For over two years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel from coast to coast speaking and working alongside thousands of school leaders and hundreds of school district teams. Throughout the nation, I couldn’t be more impressed with the amazing educators who are working diligently for kids – ever...

February
04
2017

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools, prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and...

October
26
2016

13 Digital Tools to Empower Active Use

Today’s digital world is littered with drill and kill technology, much of it no different than a digital version of the worksheets of years past. Simply digitizing past practice serves little instructional purpose and ultimately leads to low levels of learning. These types of practices have lead to...

September
28
2016

One Nice Thing.

I’m amazingly blessed. My daughter attends an incredible public school district with dynamic leaders, and is in a first grade classroom with an amazingly talented teacher who truly loves and cares about the kids she serves. As two educators, my wife and I couldn’t ask for more for our own child. Unl...

September
26
2016

Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sha...

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