• 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. At around 1 hour and 18 minutes 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…

  • 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 willing to reflect on her practices as she continuously looks for connections that make a difference for students. After the above tweet, I asked her to blog this experience for others. Since she doesn’t have her own blog, I am giving her the space here to share. So this is Meg’s story in her own…