A Signature Shift?

Learning, Organizational Change

Last week, I was asked by CNN to comment on the news that most states will soon phase out cursive writing in order to give students more time to hone their digital skills. Initially, I wondered why the issue was receiving national coverage – there are bigger fish to fry, after all – so I posed a Facebook query to … Read More

Learning Through Chewing

Stories

I was running late, once again, to a group therapy session in a tall glass office building near Georgetown in the District of Columbia, and, once again, I hadn’t eaten beforehand. I hopped off my bike, locked it up and hurried through the tall glass doors and up the elevator. I punched in the door code and walked through the … Read More

Literacy is Powerful

Stories

My name is Milton Whitley. I am 57 years old and until five years ago, could barely read or write. School was especially hard for me. The teacher used to spank me with a big stick when I didn’t know something. It put fear in my heart and made it hard for me to learn. People called me retarded. I … Read More

It's Harder Than It Looks

Stories

I remember praying that I could understand why students could not understand how to multiply. Soon after I was trying to help a student multiply, and I did not know how. I realized why the students were having difficulty.

The Three Most Important Questions in Education

Leadership, Learning, Organizational Change

It’s graduation season again – yet nobody seems to be celebrating. On college campuses, graduates are entering an economy in which the stable career paths of yesteryear are disappearing – and the specialized job opportunities of tomorrow have yet to appear. And in communities across the country, parents and young people are left wondering what exactly those past four years … Read More

Let's Scrap the High School Diploma

Assessment, Democracy, Learning, Organizational Change

This month, schools across the country are hard at work preparing auditoriums, printing programs, checking commencement speeches, and readying for the arrival of one of our society’s most cherished rites of passage – the high school graduation ceremony. Perhaps by this time next year, we can do our students an even greater service and scrap the high school diploma altogether. … Read More

Learning Specialist/Director of Schools Attuned

Stories

I have worked as a Learning Specialist for 8 years at an academically aggressive independent Episcopal school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In those 8 years, I have directed our Schools Attuned program and together with a dedicated faculty have maintained our Schools of Distinction designation.