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Aug 16, 2023
Human Design for Educators: A First Person Experience
Photo by Chi Chen on Unsplash Confession: I check my horoscope daily. When I flip through the digital edition of my local newspaper each...
Jul 20, 2023
Gifted Education Should Not Be Zero-Sum
Photo by Louis Hansel on Unsplash One of my favorite books is The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together...
May 23, 2023
The Emperor’s New Clothes and the Virginia SOL Tests
My son is scheduled to take two state-mandated, standardized tests this month. He is in fourth grade. This would be the 11th and 12th...
Apr 9, 2023
Raising (White Male) Antiracists Part 3: Power and Privilege
The work of antiracism is a lifelong journey. There is no endpoint and for every step forward, there may be steps sideways or backwards....
Jan 15, 2023
Least Restrictive Environment
I kept a digital journal in college in the days before blogs. Upon graduation, I printed the journal pages and put them in a binder along...
Oct 27, 2022
The Myth of “They”
The life of a self-authoring educator can be pretty lonely. Self-authors forge their own pathways through existing systems by creating...
Oct 16, 2022
A Brief History of the Edjacent Design Collaborative
Have you ever had a slow hunch? Slow hunches are shadows of ideas that appear on the edges of your life. You know they are there, but you...
Sep 29, 2022
Find Your Ikigai
For most educators, teaching is a calling. Educators are typically purpose-driven and they care deeply about children and their futures....
Sep 19, 2022
The Adjacent Possible for Education
Most people have a fixed image in their mind of what a school is and what it is for. When they hear the word educators, they think of...
Aug 21, 2022
Ban Or Understand? Policies That Respect Emerging Adults
Imagine you just got a promotion at a company where you’ve worked for 11 years. You’ve been a loyal employee ever since your first day...
Aug 15, 2022
Raising (White Male) Antiracists – Part Two: Decolonize Your Mind
True confession: I did not recognize my Whiteness until I was well into my thirties. I cringe to admit this, but it is true. When I was...
Aug 11, 2022
Raising (White Male) Antiracists – Part One: Biodiversity
When I think of the most compelling reasons I want to become more culturally competent, number one on the list is to help raise children...
Aug 7, 2022
In Defense Of Gifted Education
I hope you’ve enjoyed Edjacent designer Doug Wren’s recent multipart blog series, Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change. As...
Jul 21, 2022
May I Have Your Attention Please?
Like many educators, I have struggled this year with my mental and physical health. I have a strong sense of urgency for the work that...
Jul 13, 2022
Birthday Party Tired
Last winter, my dental hygienist asked me what I do for work, a question that is never easy for me to answer. I described my unusual role...
Jul 10, 2022
Mall School
I’m a big fan of dystopian novels. My favorite part is always the backstory. What problems were the world-builders trying to solve when...
Jul 3, 2022
Bring Your Summer Self to Work
My colleague, fellow designer, and coaching partner Cheryl Zigrang and I have had the honor of working with several faculty groups on a...
May 25, 2022
A Personal Plea for Care
This is not the post I planned to write today. I had in mind to share some ideas about how to improve the teacher pipeline. I’ll write...
May 20, 2022
Post-Interview Ghosting
Post-Interview Ghosting Ghosting: the act or practice of abruptly cutting off all contact with someone (such as a former romantic...
Apr 22, 2022
I’m a Public Educator & I'm Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing: Why & How You May Do the Same
I never took a high-stakes test in my 13 years as a K-12 public school student. Standardized testing was not yet the norm when I was in...
Feb 13, 2022
Central Offices: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – Part 1
This is the first installment of a two-part blog series that looks at the role of central offices in school districts. Two former central...
Feb 4, 2022
Teachers Cannot Solve the Substitute Teaching Crisis. Nor Should They.
The logical next post in the substitute teaching sequence (see Part 1) would be to share ideas for teachers, school leaders, and...
Jan 7, 2022
I Am a Terrible Substitute Teacher. Here’s Why That Matters.
Substitute teachers are essential to the successful operation of a school, especially in times of record numbers of teacher absences and...
Nov 16, 2021
The Self-Authoring Educator in VASCD Journal
Edjacent Assistant Chief Design Officer Mark Diacopoulos and I are the proud authors of an article called "The Self-Authoring Educator:...

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