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 to create a box to […]

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Book Reads | Design Thinking

Imagining Joyful Learning Spaces

This past month our innovation team has been fortunate to work with a school staff that is looking to reimagine their library space. Currently a traditional space with plain walls, a large circulation desk, and giant book shelves, the staff is wanting to build a space that reflects the joy of learning they want students […]

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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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Design Thinking | Leadership

Pickle Hives and Design Thinking

“Babe, I was eating a pickle and it made my feet break out in hives!” Not quite the greeting I was looking for after an exhausting 14 hour day of work, evening teaching, and traffic, but that’s what welcomed me at home. And sure enough there were giant welts all over his feet. “Pickles did […]

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Design Thinking

Students’ Design Thinking Skills Sets Them Up for a Successful Future

Yesterday I received this email from three 6th grade students: Dear Dr. Spencer,                 As sixth grade students, we have been given the design challenge to enhance our school experience. There are problems ranging from balls left in the field to bathroom catastrophes. We thought that you would be a great person to interview because […]

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Career Pathways

Career Pathways at All Grades

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the OC Career Pathways Showcase at the Marconi Automotive Museum. Who can turn down an opportunity to see vintage vehicles, talk to brilliant students, and listen to top executives from SpaceX and Virgin Orbit? Not me! I have to admit – the programs these students had access […]

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