• Design Thinking,  Leadership

    Empathy Can Sneak Up On You!

    “If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.” ― Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. A while back I received an email from a 3rd grade teacher asking me to help her and the music teacher develop an integrated design thinking challenge for the class that would meet both ELA standards and music class objectives. During our meeting, we decided to focus on the topic of JOY. How might we provide…

  • Laura with two PBS costumed characters
    Leadership,  Teaching and Learning

    Innovators Unite: Closing Day at #SXSWEDU

    “When we go to conferences like this one, we load up on ideas that are going to get us to progress. We have our little tote bag – we’re going to fill it up with ideas. We hear about a new strategy…a new tech tool…we hear about all these great programs other people are doing… by the time we’re done, we are FIRED UP, we are PUMPED, we are ready to go to progress.And then we get back to our schools…”– Jennifer Gonzalez in her closing keynote I’m writing this post from San Diego. Although I am glad to be home with my family and sleeping in my comfy bed,…