CEESA Assessment Summit 2020, Assessments That Empower

I am thrilled to work with CEESA for the first time and am participating in their CEESA Connects series, Assessment Summit 2020 As an overview, my session on October 10th 2020 at 14:15-15:15 is on designing Assessments that Empower: Some Links for this session are as follows: Google Doc Cliff Notes. Pages and Pages of information from my session. Enjoy! Google Slideshow. My actual slide … Continue reading CEESA Assessment Summit 2020, Assessments That Empower

Webinar – Design Thinking as a Facilitation Method. Face Difficult Problems With New Skills

I recently gave a free webinar on October 1st, 2020 with my wonderful partners at ECIS and am thrilled to provide the documents and video links here. Links Google Doc cliff notes that tell a rather complete story. Google Slides slide deck 100% complete as was in the presentation. YouTube video link of the webinar itself, as provided by ECIS Please enjoy! Continue reading Webinar – Design Thinking as a Facilitation Method. Face Difficult Problems With New Skills

The Unintentional Racism of “Science of Character” #CharacterDay

Colorblindness is Racism, it’s Also Poor Design This is a cautionary tale that I hope can serve as an example of the need to talk about race in the faculty room, meetings and in the classroom. For me, this as an example of what not to bring into our schools and to know how to examine what we as teachers are being asked to teach. … Continue reading The Unintentional Racism of “Science of Character” #CharacterDay

Your Normal School Structure & Mode of Operating Isn’t COVID-19 Compliant

Every classroom in the world has changed in some way during these last six months. Disinfectant wipes, spaced out desks and furniture removed just to name a few of those changes. But those examples aren’t how we change school operations to become COVID compliant. For months now, we have needed to re-evaluate how we operate our schools to be COVID compliant and we will need … Continue reading Your Normal School Structure & Mode of Operating Isn’t COVID-19 Compliant

Welcome New International School Teachers! Your journey is much like your students.

Welcome to the adventures you are about to begin! The First weeks are a blur as you learn how to shop, about the region you are in, trying out some words and phrases in a foreign language and even how toilets work in your new apartment! There’s so much to learn which is second only to the excitement and nerves you walk around with all … Continue reading Welcome New International School Teachers! Your journey is much like your students.

Design Thinking Fans, It's Time to talk about Causation and Correlation.

Causation and Correlation in Design Thinking Let me see. You and your peers (or say students) have been able to identify a problem through empathy, or some other framework. Also, your ideation went swimmingly and the project went into prototyping with enthusiasm. Yet, coming out are projects and innovations that take some effort to celebrate, are not long lasting and are soon to be buried … Continue reading Design Thinking Fans, It's Time to talk about Causation and Correlation.

Distance Leaning Changed Affordances and Signifiers that Students use to Navigate Their Learning.

Design For How Students Think šŸ¤” Iā€™m teaching at one of the few schools around the world that went to distance learning and returned to on-campus teaching ā€” all in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19. Having done so was a great chance to reflect on the modalities students are using in both learning environments. As it turns out, design language concepts like affordances and signifiers … Continue reading Distance Leaning Changed Affordances and Signifiers that Students use to Navigate Their Learning.

#ECISLeadership 2020 Design Thinking to Maximize Outcomes

I was lucky enough to continue working with the good folks of ECIS, even in the middle of a pandemic. Below you will find my slideshow from my talk. Soon, I hope to include a series of videos to go along with the actual slideshow. Until then, enjoy the highlight and included video resources that I use most often when consulting and facilitating around the … Continue reading #ECISLeadership 2020 Design Thinking to Maximize Outcomes

Front End and Back End Design Thinking for School Improvement

I recently had the chance to talk to a colleague in another international school in another country where they have a part-time role with the title Community Experience Architect. What a title and what a statement about that school in their desire to be a forward thinking school. Let’s break down the title for a moment. Architect is sometimes shorthand for someone who has designed … Continue reading Front End and Back End Design Thinking for School Improvement

Asking “Why” At Your School Can Be Dangerous. (Lean on a Design Process)

Forget simply trying to deal with Cow Paths, the sacristy of time and resources makes many schools an act-now-ask-questions-never environment. Schools have limited time for teachers work with peers as much of a teacher’s time is with students, rightly, but that creates an issue, “Is our teacher/peer time a place to consider and study our problems or a place to act quickly?” Sadly, organizing teacher … Continue reading Asking “Why” At Your School Can Be Dangerous. (Lean on a Design Process)