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A counter to the argument that we need to prepare kids for college, i.e. give lots of HW and keep desks in rows... {Blog Post}: Preparing for Life, or Preparing for School? #dtk12chat #NotatISTE

Being as my role includes the words “innovation” and “design,” I often talk to parents about shifts in educational practice, and why they are happening. Our district is elementary only, so some parents naturally worry about what will happen to their…
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{Blog Post}: My Boyfriend Is Smarter Than Me... #personalization #ReThinkEducation

I have five degrees. Five! An Associate degree, a Bachelor’s degree with a double major, a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Science degree, and a Doctorate in Education.  I love school. And yet, even with all those fancy certificates, my boyfriend is…
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{Blog Post}: Has It Only Been a Year? #designthinking #dtk12chat

To culminate the school year, my Innovation and Design team published a blog post reflecting on all that we accomplished, and more importantly, all that we LEARNED, this past school year. It’s crazy to think we’ve only been working together for one school…
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Today I was honored to give a speech at a 6th grade promotion ceremony. I will admit, I was scared to give a speech. I mean, I give presentations all the time. I consider myself really good at it (like, really!). But a speech? I don’t do speeches. So I…
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{New Blog Post}: Words Matter : A short blog post in which I attempt to convince people that words have power and we should consider the complexities of messages before just taking things at face value...

Media literacy. We talk about how students need this skill. But it’s not just them. It’s adults, too. Educators even. Media literacy is defined by the Media Literacy Project as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate…
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6th graders redesigned the design thinking graphic based on a deeper understanding of the elements of design thinking.
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Been stewing on this one... {Blog Post}: Do What Scares You! Inspired by @jamescaan & @coffeechugbooks

Remember, observe the masses and do the opposite. Do what scares you… that’s when the exciting stuff happens.” — James Caan, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw The other day I jumped on a Twitter convo about HyperDocs which evolved into a…
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{New Blog Post}: Designing From The Heart inspired by @avones #dtk12chat #designthinking

I have been reading quite a few books on design, but none have actually been designed with the elegance of this human: how to be the person designing for other people by Melis Senova, PhD.  I did not want to finish reading it because I was enjoying the…
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Our district mission statement centers around our calling to  “ignite genius and empower students to advance the world.” That’s a pretty tall order! Especially when, as Seth Godin explains (“The Long Term” podcast), students typically spend 90-95% of…
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I blogged: Why Don't We Put the Bed in the Kitchen? #dtk12chat #designthinking

I grew up in an Italian family. That meant a lot of our family gatherings were centered around food. Lots and lots of food. And since most food preparation happens in the kitchen, it came to be that a lot of family gathering and conversations happened…
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