• Amplifiers Create a New Story: Day 3 at #SXSWEDU

    …I may ramble in this post. It’s 1am. I’m tired! Have a head cold. But wanted to share my learnings… Do I really have to go home tomorrow? It’s going to be hard to walk away from the synergy of woke educators at this conference, but I know that I…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…