• Function and Agency

    I spent a year digging deeply into the concept of student agency with teacher teams. We tried to define what agency looked like for a particular grade level, and then how to use that definition to create a classroom culture that provided opportunities for students to develop and exhibit agency.…

  • Talking to Colleagues about Talking to Strangers

    My daughter Alex gets a quirky partial smile on her face when she’s highly anxious or nervous. I worried that this would work against her when she was in Navy Boot Camp. Today’s blog explains why… When Mike Lawrence invited me to his next #HookEd virtual book club talk, I…

  • Boxes Aren’t For Thinking

    How do you innovate from inside the box? “Think outside the box” is probably one of the most overused statements. No matter what the situation, or problem, inevitably someone will say, “We need to think outside the box.” The problem with thinking outside the box is that leadership often wants…

  • How May I Be of Service

    As some of you know, I took a career break this summer. My first break from working since I was 14 1/2 years old. It was both terrifying and exhilarating. One of the by-products of that break was being able to connect with people I previously felt too busy to…

  • Teens Doing Whatever It Takes to Draw Attention to Human Trafficking

    Yesterday I watched as teens came together to use their design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to tackle the subject of human trafficking, which is prevalent in San Diego. They came up with innovative ideas to increase awareness and inspire action. The day kicked off with a motivational talk by WIT…

  • Who’s Playing?

    A big reason why good athletes do well is because they don’t care what the sports blogs say, or what you said about them on Twitter. They’re playing, you’re in the “seats” – And they understand that. That’s the same mindset I have about other people’s opinions: I’m playing. What,…