From Old School To Bold School

A slide straight from Will Richardson’s  NHASCD workshop on  April 4, 2014 The ease of rhyme in Will Richardson’s workshop title (old to bold) doesn’t diminish the difficulty of Will’s challenge for all of us in education. In 2014, we are faced with pressures from many directions creating enormous inertia against doing the right thing….

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Explain, Exercise, and Debrief

I was asked to present at the IntegratED Conference in Portland, Oregon this past weekend and I was both delighted and a bit intimidated. The lineup of presenters included some of the most creative thinkers in educational technology that I’ve been learning from for some time.  I was slated to present my usual fare for administrators,…

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Sharing, Collaboration, and Caring

I’m on the plane heading to Washington D.C. on a circuitous route to Portland, Oregon to present at the IntegratED conference sponsored by OETC.  I’m sitting next to a young mom and her one-year old daughter in a very cramped space. I think she’s relieved that I work with kids. I’m honored to be asked…

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Edcamp Granite State

One of the most significant professional development movements over the last two years has been the rise of EdCamps through the world. The concept comes out of a not so gentle dislike of traditional forms of “sit and get” learning where the speaker lectures at an audience, perhaps reading off of pre-packaged PowerPoint slides, and never…

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A Bit of Change Since the 1980s

Friday our Harold Martin Staff met for our second day of workshops before students come back to the building on Monday. Our focus was a review of “RTI” or Response to Intervention, a nationally established protocol that is designed to ensure that students receive specific, appropriate instruction before a referral to special education occurs. I…

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Apple Summer Institute for Principals

I’ll admit, when the email came in a few months ago, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the Apple Summer Institute for Principals. It is a sold out event and even our high school Principal Chris Sousa was not able to sign up in time. After one day here at the Colonnade Hotel in…

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Should we take Twitter seriously?

This week I was asked to be the guest Principal on a grant driven program sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Department of Education and Technology Director Cathy Higgins. She and I decided to utilize Twitter as our avenue for members of this cohort so that they would have a chance to pick my…

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