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Reflections on the Leading Schools Summit Posted on Sep 21

Reflections on the Leading Schools Summit

We attended the Leading Schools Summit created in Partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and OETC in August 2017 and are very excited about the Design Thinking component. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could   …Continue Reading Reflections on the Leading Schools Summit

Managing complex change in today’s schools requires a learner’s mindset Posted on Sep 6

Managing complex change in today’s schools requires a learner's mindset

  In recent years, the role of a principal has been gaining recognition as among the most challenging and important roles in all of education (NASSP, 2013). Among their myriad of responsibilities, principals are expected to now lead their schools through a transition to personalized   …Continue Reading Managing complex change in today’s schools requires a learner’s mindset

Hockey makes STEM learning interactive! Posted on Jun 5

Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!

On Monday, May 8th Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director and former player, Bob Sweeney visited Hunking Middle School in Haverhill to participate in a classroom demo and school assembly regarding the Future Goals-Hockey Scholar program.  During the visit, Mr. Sweeney observed students working on the   …Continue Reading Hockey makes STEM learning interactive!

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models Posted on Apr 11

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

Given the potential of technology to enhance learning and teaching, many districts in Massachusetts are working towards ensuring that every student has access to a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, or netbook. Districts generally have two options: (1) a one to one model   …Continue Reading Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School Posted on Feb 26

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Creating an engaging classroom environment for middle school students can be challenging. Developmentally, middle school students are at a unique age- one where they often crave the power to make decisions for themselves, yet still need scaffolding and direct instruction in order to make these   …Continue Reading Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School Posted on Feb 26

Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School

When I picture a high school, I think of long hallways, rows and rows of lockers, fluorescent overhead lights, bells and announcements signaling when it’s time to quickly pack your bag and shuffle out into the throng of teenagers caught up in a river of   …Continue Reading Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School

Brown Elementary School provides a peek into personalizing learning at the elementary level Posted on Feb 26

Brown Elementary School provides a peek into personalizing learning at the elementary level

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) Learning Tour of Brown Elementary School provided an exciting peek into what’s possible for personalizing learning at the elementary level. Our group was welcomed by Principal Kirk Downing and Third Grade master teacher and early adopter Jed Stefanowicz. The   …Continue Reading Brown Elementary School provides a peek into personalizing learning at the elementary level

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th! Posted on Feb 7

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program - Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

I was online last night with the MassCUE Professional Development Committee when I was asked by a committee member to help him explain, using clear bullet points, for his district and school leaders why they should apply for cohort 2 of the Leadership in Blended   …Continue Reading MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle Posted on Jan 13

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

This blog post was originally published in EdSurge News on January 3, 2016 and is posted here with the permission of EdSurge. Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner   …Continue Reading Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget Posted on Nov 22

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

EducationSuperHighway recently released the full version of Compare & Connect K-12, which enables users to more easily view and compare bandwidth and broadband pricing information for their own and other school districts across Massachusetts. Compare & Connect K-12 is a free online tool that empowers   …Continue Reading Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget