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Design Thinking Workshop: August 10-12

There are still spaces available at this summer’s Design Thinking Summer Institute for teachers and administrators at Prospect Sierra School on the East Bay. The three-day course is being led by veterans of the Stanford–an alum and a former lecturer with many years of K-12 teaching under their belts. If you’re curious about design [...]

Top down plans or distributed expertise?

Writing about bureaucracy as a response to terrorism, David Brooks writes in yesterday’s New York Times, At some point, it’s worth pointing out that it wasn’t the centralized system that stopped terrorism in this instance. As with the shoe bomber, as with the plane that went down in Shanksville, Pa., it was decentralized citizen action. [...]

Telling stories

As teachers, school leaders, and parents, the stories we tell exert a profound influence on our students, communities, and children. What matters is not only what the stories are about, but how we tell them. This is point of a nice little essay by Richard Gamble over at the Front Porch Republic. He quotes Wendell [...]

California’s Digital Textbooks

Today KQED’s Forum program broadcast a bit about the current state of digital textbooks in California. The first twenty minutes relate to K-12 education; the rest concern higher ed. The important development in California for K-12 education has been the governor’s digital textbook initiative. The project was launched during the state’s budget crisis, and consequently [...]

Getting unstuck: design thinking

So what do you do, when you’re working project, and you just get stuck? Here’s what design thinking will advise: Don’t just stay there, and try to think it through, or analyze it to death. Think: “Who can I go to?” and “What can I try?” This was one of the gems from George Kemble’s [...]

Ken Robinson on Creativity and Schools

In the last few years, Ken Robinson has spoken widely about the need for a transformation in schools, and the missing role of imagination in education. I have tried to gather a number of his talks below, so that you can follow some of the threads he traces. Some of his work helps to draw [...]

Merrow and Ravitch on education, teachers

John Merrow, who does features on education for the News Hour, as well as longer documentaries for PBS, just posted a good interview with Diane Ravitch on his blog on In the short interview, Merrow gets her to weigh in on standards, NCLB, and the prospect of more privatizing public school system. Among the [...]