Response to “Laptops are Great. Just not during a lecture or a meeting.”

This post is in response to Susan Dynarski's article in the New York Times from November 22nd, 2017, "Latops are Great. But Not During a Lecture or Meeting." After writing an unnecessarily lengthy email to my siblings, I figured I'd turn it into a blog. Let me know where I'm wrong in the comments.  Photo by John-Mark…

Two Traits of Innovative Charter School Teachers

The internet is brimming over with writing on the key traits of innovators - "great" ones, "successful" ones, "strategic" ones, alike. Rather than regurgitate the litany of skills that super-duper innovators apparently must have, I'd like to focus on two key traits that are specific to the innovation we so desperately need in today's urban charter schools.…

#FailForward: The Pilot

An entire chapter of the book Go Blended by Liz Arney is dedicated to running successful pilots of blended learning initiatives. For those looking for an in-depth explanation of a successful pilot, order her book (seriously, it’s fantastic). This post will outline a few of the lessons I learned the hard way from our most…

Hitting Reset

Photo by Flickr user Redux When I took on my new tech role back in June, I approached it with a focus on teachers. In my years in the classroom (the only job I’ve known is teaching), I came to believe that teachers not only were the leverage points in schools but also that they…

Belated Reflections from #ISTE2015

Photo by flickr user Wesley Fryer. Attending conferences was a consistently powerful experience for me as a classroom teacher. While my session choices failed me at times, I left each conference feeling more empowered and inspired. For my first ISTE, however, I landed in Philly with a new purpose. My focus shifted from discovering ways of improving…