August
16
2017

6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

It was August of 2000. I was about to enter my very first year teaching fourth grade in Pennsylvania. At 21 years old and a new college degree in hand, I thought I had a clue as to what it would take to be a new teacher. I had no idea that my first year teaching would be one of the most difficult an...

August
28
2016

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

As mentioned in my previous post 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 middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal,...

April
12
2016

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who control...

March
15
2016

6 Keys to a Successful 1:1 Implementation

Over the past few years, as most school budgets have remained stagnant, spending in educational technology has continued to climb. In a report entitled, “Technology in Education: Global Trends, Universe Spend and Market Outlook,“ FutureSource consulting projected that edtech spending wor...

March
14
2016

The Problem with Prepackaged STEM Products

The following is a guest post from Ross Cooper. Connect with Ross on Twitter. Over the last handful of years we have seen an explosion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. And, coinciding with this movement has been an influx of new STEM-related products that are sc...

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...

June
24
2015

Professional Learning: The Heart of Transformation

Over the past five months, I’ve had the privilege of working with approximately 500 school leadership teams – about 2,000 school district administrators, on their district’s digital conversion. Each district brings with it a unique set of challenges and circumstances. As witnessed when working...

April
20
2015

5 Keys to Effective Digital Learning Implementation

Each year, billions of dollars are spent on educational technology in the United States. With stagnant budgets forcing districts to evaluate each line item on a year over year basis, school officials are often forced to make difficult choices on what to purchase, what to cut, and ultimately, where t...

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  • Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek, Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a …

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  • Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek, Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a …

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  • The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Stacey Wang, the Director of Personalized Learning for the Oakland Unified School District (CA), and Lynn …

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