A Survey on District Culture

On Friday I'm going to be offering a workshop at the Canadian School Boards Association's National Conference entitled, "Getting Serious About Culture": “Culture is not the most important thing, it’s the only thing.” – Jim Sinegal, Co-founder and former CEO, Costco Is this true for schools and school districts? Having worked with districts across Canada, Dean Shareski has ...… Read the rest

Many of You Will Hate This School

Imagine a school that makes students take the same courses at the same times as everyone else. Also, this school uses little or no technology. This school does not utilize contemporary texts and in fact, does not even aspire to contextualize these ancient texts to the modern world. You've probably dismissed this school as irrelevant ...… Read the rest

The Problem with Curiosity

I'm noticing an unusual pattern of late. In education, there's a strong underlying message to bring back or maintain curiosity and wonder as the foundation of learning. Meanwhile the media, both mass and traditional and social is intent on killing curiosity. Whether it's politics, racism, environmental or a host of other modern issues, the message ...… Read the rest

Maintaining Innovation

"Innovation" might be the most used word to frame the current narrative of change in education. It's been used to drive the use of technology but also as my friend George done, used to change mindsets. It's difficult to argue against the idea that education was, or is still in need of change. For those who ...… Read the rest

I Don’t Read Your Blog 

John Spencer is among the smartest people I know. He's creative, thoughtful and introspective. He also has a really good blog. That I don't read. I talk with John frequently. He's helped me work through ideas. He's bounced things off me regularly. I have a blog too. That he doesn't read.  (We coincidentally confessed this to ...… Read the rest