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 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 20, 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, Angela 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...

June 18, 2018

“Ellen is not working up to potential.” These were the seven words that were written in the  teacher’s comment section on my second grade report card. This message cut me to the quick, made me feel unworthy of being in the “gifted” class, “less than” my peers, not good...

June 6, 2018

Crafting your classroom culture begins with empathy, and follows a continuous process of defining, aligning, and refining your practices.

May 30, 2018

Earlier this month, I welcomed all of you to the book club for Hacking School Culture: Designing Compassionate Classrooms. Ellen and I are glad you're here.

Each Monday, Ellen or I will share a brief video introduction to a new chapter (or hack, as they are referred to...

May 28, 2018

Welcome back, all! This week, our book club examines Hack 2: Seeking Diverse Perspectives, from Hacking School Culture: Designing Compassionate Classrooms. 

This week, I have a story to share about a former student, her mom, and my raging blind spots and biases--which n...

May 23, 2018

How do we grow our self-compassion? Just like any change we wish to make in our lives, real change must be cultivated over time. Small changes become longer lasting changes when practiced. And eventually these changes become habits.

Making (and breaking) habits

We know f...

May 21, 2018

When Angela and I began discussing compassionate classrooms, we immediately thought of how many of us have a tendency to suffer from "compassion fatigue" -- a common syndrome that many teachers, parents, and other caregivers experience. We all know well the exhaustion...

May 16, 2018

Read along with us, and share your thinking as you do. Gain access to practical tools and resources that can help you lead this work in classrooms, too.