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Teacher Experience by Design

Teacher Experience by Design

February 19, 2016

"Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future." – Peters. Teachers can tell us quite a bit about the type of experiences they want in the...

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Escape the Classroom

Escape the Classroom

February 15, 2016

For my oldest son’s 13th birthday party, my wife arranged for him and his middle school friends to play an interactive game called “Escape the Room” in NYC. ...

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The End of Average

The End of Average

February 10, 2016

The business world and particularly retailers are increasingly moving toward customization and personalization as technology now allows them to offer their customers an array of...

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Matching Talent to Task

Matching Talent to Task

January 30, 2016

"Stop focusing on what's left out and bring out what is inside of people." —Phil Olsen Over the years, I've had a chance to take many personality...

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2016: Reasons to be Concerned – and a New Year’s Resolution for Me

2016: Reasons to be Concerned – and a New Year’s Resolution for Me

January 05, 2016

When we talk about failing schools, most of us are focused on schools in underprivileged communities, or schools that are ranking in the bottom 5% of performance.  Parents who...

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Grit and One Young Student’s Story after his Father Passed Away

Grit and One Young Student’s Story after his Father Passed Away

December 18, 2015

Grit.  This has become not just a buzzword in education circles, but somewhat of a rallying cry for public education in America.  Our children need more grit.  They...

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A Distribution Challenge:  Scaling Charter School Innovation and Impact to States and Districts

A Distribution Challenge:  Scaling Charter School Innovation and Impact to States and Districts

December 08, 2015

In “Transitional Philanthropy:  Leveraging Innovation to Build Sustainability” Jeffrey Walker makes the point that in the for-profit world, venture capitalists...

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Creating a movement to turn around failing public schools – Momentum builds

Creating a movement to turn around failing public schools – Momentum builds

November 30, 2015

Since founding Matchbook Learning nearly five years ago as a vehicle for spurring change and improvement in failing schools, I have sometimes had the feeling of being alone and...

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Paris

Paris

November 16, 2015

Paris, the world famous city of art, literature, culture, fashion and romanticism was rocked (and the rest of the world along with it) by a series of terrorist attacks this...

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Are turnaround districts the answer for America’s worst schools?

Are turnaround districts the answer for America’s worst schools?

October 21, 2015

The Hechinger Report's article by Emmanuel Felton "Are turnaround districts the answer for America's worst schools?" chronicles the rise and potential/probability of this...

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