• Design Thinking,  Leadership,  Teaching and Learning

    I Want Your Absolute Worst Thinking

    “I want your absolute WORST thinking…” The other day I was co-presenting a session to educators that focused on why design thinking is needed in K-8 classrooms. We talked about the need for empathy, for designing a new future, for “soft” skill development, etc. You know how it goes… you sit and listen to a presenter talk about why their idea is going to revolutionize education, and you get all pumped up and ready to take on the world. Then I led them through a brainstorming activity in which I asked them to quickly brainstorm all the WORST possible ways to introduce design thinking in their classroom. They stared at…

  • Design Thinking,  Leadership,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Innovate Forward: Our Story

    When you know your ‘why’ then your ‘what’ has more impact, because you’re working towards your purpose. – Michael Jr.  Today I was fortunate to present at the online #InnovateSD conference hosted by San Diego County Office of Education, thanks to an invitation extended to me by PowerSchool Senior Director of Educator Engagement Mike Lawrence. The first hour of this YouTube video is my presentation. I’ve asked about the story of learning to over 300 educators over the past year, and regardless of age, background, or socioeconomic status, the answers were largely the same. The story of learning has been one largely comprised of compliance. Even those who shared about…