Student Competency

The US education system assumes that a high school diploma means you have met certain standards in universal skills like language, mathematics and reading. Our systems are pretty much aligned with the concept that it takes until 12th grade…

The New Assessment Challenge

Creating a new system to assess learners has its challenges, but it can be done. How? Start by considering what matters most to your learners, within their context. Think about what success means and describe what it looks like. Once…

The Rise of Investing in Humanity (Part 2): “Personalized Education – a lesson from business”

In our last blog (Part One) we discussed how the narrow pursuit of standardized learning and assessment has contributed to an impersonal and dysfunctional edusystem. What we need in this complex world, is a systematic way to create new knowledge…

The Rise of Investing in Humanity (Part 1): Education’s “Wall Street” Crash

At a recent meeting on social impact investing, a Wealth Management Advisor shared the theory of change driving Social Impact Ventures in the wake of the Wall Street crash.  Perhaps it is best explained first as a theory of stagnation.…

One Size Fits One – a conundrum

In our previous blog we mentioned the significant investment in teacher professional development ($8 billion in just 50 of the largest school districts). This is far larger than most people realized and does not include the approximate 10…

How professional learning solutions implicitly blame teachers

It’s estimated that in 2016 over one trillion of taxpayer and philanthropic dollars will be invested in the US education system of which a large proportion is dedicated to professional learning. To put this into perspective, $18,000 is invested…

Are We Forcing Teachers into Malpractice?

If you go to your doctor with a cold, she starts by asking you how you feel, what your symptoms are. You give her the list: runny nose, scratchy throat, achy muscles, shivers. She will then take your temperature, look in your ears and nose and…