• Pickle Hives and Design Thinking

    “Babe, I was eating a pickle and it made my feet break out in hives!” Not quite the greeting I was looking for after an exhausting 14 hour day of work, evening teaching, and traffic, but that’s what welcomed me at home. And sure enough there were giant welts all…

  • Preparing for Life, or Preparing for School?

    Being as my role includes the words “innovation” and “design,” I often talk to parents about shifts in educational practice, and why they are happening. Our district is elementary only, so some parents naturally worry about what will happen to their children after they leave an innovative elementary experience. The…

  • Has It Only Been a Year?

    To culminate the school year, my Innovation and Design team published a blog post reflecting on all that we accomplished, and more importantly, all that we LEARNED, this past school year. It’s crazy to think we’ve only been working together for one school year, and yet in that time, we…

  • A Message to Our Young Design Thinkers

    Today I was honored to give a speech at a 6th grade promotion ceremony. I will admit, I was scared to give a speech. I mean, I give presentations all the time. I consider myself really good at it (like, really!). But a speech? I don’t do speeches. So I…

  • Transforming Learning, One Experience at a Time

    In August, Dr. McClurg challenged all of us to begin a journey from the tame to the wild, and as evidenced by some of the data Sarah, Paula, and I put together about our year, the DMUSD staff did just that. This year for us has been a monumental year…