July 26, 2018

On Monday, I shared a video that has me truly inspired. I've seen much in the way of conflict resolution inside of schools over the last twenty four years, but nothing has seemed quite as human or quite as authentic as The Forum--an elective offered at Seattle's Altern...

July 23, 2018

I can't believe we've reached the end of the book, all! Welcome to our last week of the Hacking School Culture book club. If you'd like to dive in to Hacks 1-9, know that you can find all of our book club posts right here. You're welcome to start any time and move thro...

July 18, 2018

In an inspiring TEDx talk entitled “Young People are the Now,”  educator Elizabeth Robbins laments that many of us tend to underestimate students’ abilities to lead positive change in our society. However, if we look at history and current events, we can see that many...

July 16, 2018

The students who survived the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past Valentine’s Day reaffirmed the belief of many in the power of young people to make a positive difference in this world. This tragic incident also remin...

July 12, 2018

Have you ever considered how your feelings and especially, your willingness to express your feelings, deepens your relationship with other people?

Once, long ago, a mentor suggested that I base any decision to confront another person on my interest in becoming closer to...

July 9, 2018

I remember the first time I invited my students to provide feedback on MY work. I was a brand new teacher with a brand new curriculum inside of a brand new school. I started teaching seniors the day after spring break. They were 17 and 18 years old. I was 21. 

And I was...

July 5, 2018

In Hack 7: Embrace Experiential Instruction, in our book, Hacking School Culture: Designing Compassionate Classrooms, Angela and I discuss how by providing students with opportunities for experiential learning we have the potential to help build empathy and compassion,...

July 2, 2018

Education theorist and psychologist David A. Kolb, Ph.D defines learning as "the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience." In his view, "learning is a continuous process grounded in experience."

As a parent, I repeatedly witnessed f...

June 27, 2018

Welcome back to the Hacking School Culture Book Club! 

If you're new to the club, here's what you need to know: Each Monday, Ellen or I will share a brief video introduction to a new chapter (or hack, as they are referred to in the Hack Learning series) along with an in...

June 25, 2018

I spend a great deal of time helping teachers design high quality curricula that engages their students while building critical content knowledge and sharpening important skills. We invest significant energy in deepening our understanding of our standards, promising te...