I'm presenting a talk today at Maker Faire Pittsburgh called "Kids, Learning, and the Maker Movement: Four Top Tips for Parents" at noon today and at 10:30 AM tomorrow in the Education Zone. If you're around, come see me! If you saw me speak today, welcome to my website! My slides will be available online … Continue reading Talk This Weekend: “Kids, Learning, and the Maker Movement”
This week, I'm joining my colleagues from Mission High School's Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) at the National Partnership for Educational Access annual conference. The meeting is in Philadelphia (which is harder to get to from Pittsburgh than you'd expect; I have to fly to Dulles first?!), and I'll just be there for a couple of … Continue reading This week’s adventure: NPEA Conference
This week, I had the opportunity to visit an amazing, innovative leader in technology in our region: Elizabeth Forward School District. EFSD has received regional and national recognition for its innovations, including inclusion as a member of the League of Innovative Schools and the designation as an Apple Distinguished School. The district hosts free events like … Continue reading School Visit Debrief: Elizabeth Forward School District
Last Friday, I attended Remake Learning's Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit. You can learn more about the event here. Writ large, it was an opportunity for all kinds of educational partners--from schools, nonprofits, and industry--to come together and talk about how to better engineer and support the learning experiences of kids in Pittsburgh. There was a … Continue reading Event Debrief: Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit
Each March, we send our students on retreat to regroup, refocus, and reconnect. This year, I had the pleasure of attending the sophomores' retreat, which took us overnight to the Marin Headlands. There were s'mores, there was kickball, there was a sunrise hike. It was good. Here are some photo highlights. Enjoy the weekend!
On Monday, I had the opportunity to appear on a webcast for Common Sense Media. The "Appy Hour" series gives educators the chance to talk about great educational apps and websites that they've used in their classrooms with great success. I'm a writer and reviewer for Graphite, Common Sense Media's website for educators, and last … Continue reading Common Sense Media Appy Hour
Today I was off campus for an event called "Conversations and Connections: Fostering Success for Unique Learners." I've been planning this event for a while with Susie Cain, the Director of Communication at the Sterne School here in San Francisco, who I met at a similar event last spring at her school. After last year's inspiring … Continue reading Today’s Adventure: Conversations and Connections at Sterne School
Today I'm giving an extended reprise of my talk from Parents Education Network's EdRev event last spring. It's called "Success Starts at Home: Homework Strategies for Cultivating Independence and Self-Advocacy." Here's the blurb from PEN's website: School is about more than learning reading, writing, and arithmetic: it's also about learning strategies for doing homework, studying for … Continue reading PEN talk today!
The current textbook for the eleventh-grade English course isn't a textbook at all. Instead, it's a carefully curated collection of images and texts that introduces our students to the history of American literature. All of this was collected by Karen Randall, now-retired head of the English department. It was a labor of love, to be … Continue reading More Summer Adventures: “An American Reader” goes digital
Sometimes I struggle with writing on this blog. I'm at no loss of things to share, but I sometimes feel uncomfortable about my tone. I want to be inviting and I don't want to be exclusive, and I'm afraid of being smug, snarky, or wrong. Unfortunately, I think that all that hedging leaves me a … Continue reading Finding a voice online