Measuring Human Return

Measuring Human Return

What do we value as humans? Some things are important no matter where or who we are. These universal human values demonstrate what we want for ourselves and others both individually and collectively, along with what it really takes to lead…

Calling All Teachers to Stop the Insanity

Let’s do our part, teachers, to stop the insanity. Let’s not wake up again, like every other day, to hear about the next mass shooting, the shooting of a person because of their color, or other tragedies of politics, famine, war, and hate,…

Humanity

What would happen if: Equity was a right, not a fight? We didn’t need to have money as the means for trading? We all cared for, took responsibility for and loved at least one person each? Everyone had access to health? …

Learning Beyond the Known

Putting the learner first and at the center of the teaching and learning process means evaluating every decision – at every level of the education system – through the lens of how it will impact learners. It requires educators to understand…

Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA)

You know it’s time to stop teaching to the test, but you aren’t sure how else to get trackable, evidence-based assessments. Authentic Mixed Method Assessment (AMMA) shows you, in real time, which learners need help the most and why.…

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…