Grover from Sesame Street
Design Thinking | Personalization of Learning

There’s a Fly in My Soup!

How many times have you found yourself trying over and over again to explain a problem, only to have the other person jump to solutions without quite hearing you? Reminds me of this Sesame Street routine. What I love about Design Thinking is that the focus on empathy requires the designer to truly listen, observe, […]

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Book Reads | Design Thinking | Leadership

Book Read: Design for Strengths

“‘You can have all the right answers, but it doesn’t matter if you are answering the wrong question.’ The willingness to circle back and challenge the central question and continue to ask it in a better way – and potentially abandon the current exploration – that is the hallmark of Design Thinking.” – John K. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Design Thinking | Leadership | Personalization of Learning

Empathy is Always Worth the Time

There are days when we all probably ask ourselves, “Is anyone actually listening?!?” Then I read tweets from teachers like this, and I realize the ripple effects from a pebble can travel much farther than seen from shore. Meg is one of those teachers I get excited to know and work with because she is […]

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