Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Connectors Connect: Day 2 at #SXSWEDU

Next time I decide to stay up and blog at 1am, I hope I remember how tired I am today and force myself to go to sleep! Seriously… what was I thinking?!? Today’s SXSWEDU experience was truly about connections. Yes, I attended some sessions, but a lot of the thought-provoking ideas came from conversations. Here’s […]

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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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Leadership | Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Exploring Agency & Personalization

For the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside our county office’s Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation Unit, as well as some of our teachers, to better understand the principles of agency and personalization. As these are key elements of our district’s vision and mission, it is important to be able to articulate […]

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Personalization of Learning | Teaching and Learning

Agency Through FortNite? Sure. Why not?

Fortnite, and other games like it, require students to practice “teamwork, collaboration, strategic thinking, spatial understanding, and imagination,”  Stanford Graduate School of Education experts say. 5th graders would agree, although they didn’t realize it at first. I’ve been working with small groups of teachers to critically examine student agency, and how it is developed, nurtured, and […]

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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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