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I have Joined ECIS – Head of Innovation

Dear Reader, after many years consulting and decades in education, I am now taking my next step by going to work for ECIS. The Educational Collaborative for International Schools is one of the oldest, largest and most well regarded international schools organizations. With excitement ECIS is now rapidly changing into a leading organization focused on critical professional learning and DEIJ grounded offerings. I am, therefore, … Continue reading I have Joined ECIS – Head of Innovation

IS Luxembourg Design Thinking Conversation

What a great time it was to visit the Digital Learning Loft. During this hour, we learned about design terms and concepts and discussed how we might be able to use design language to further our goals in education. Teachers, leaders, aids, involved parents are all designers. We are designers of student spaces, of their learning program, we design how we provide formal and informal … Continue reading IS Luxembourg Design Thinking Conversation

ECIS Webinar – Access to Learning & Literacy

On November 10th, 2020 I was proud to debut new work on the topic of designing access for student learning along with my good friend and consultant, Mark Overmeyer. In considering how we both increase and inhibit access to student learning from a design frame we look at what design/education terms exist and we explore Micro Moments, where what we say and do in the … Continue reading ECIS Webinar – Access to Learning & Literacy

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.