What are we Learning About COVID-19?

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. Schools closed in March. Some of us experienced partial re-openings in June. As we use July and August to plan the next version of school, it is critical that we continue to learn as much as we can about the corona virus, and how to stay safe. Our […]

From a Marching Band to a Jazz Band

How do we plan for exceptional distance learning while we are doing it? We have two things going on here. Schools are out, everyone is at home, and we are scrambling to meet the needs of our students right now, while everyone copes with a health crisis and an economic crisis (The Urgency) At the […]

I Am Not the Expert

I don’t know the learning needs of our children when their learning moves out of the school buildings. “Content delivery” might work for a few of our students, but real learning requires so much more from us. As Cathy Fosnot taught us, “If there is no learning, there has been no teaching.” As educators, how […]

Throwing Everyone Online

I’ve spent most of my career advocating for access to high quality learning for everyone, independent of geography or genetics. We have the tools to do this, and the best universities have been giving away their courses for free for decades. It seems strange to me now that decades of research around what great online […]

Resources for Learning Outside of School

Now that so many schools are closing globally, generous educators are madly sharing links to excellent resources for children not able to attend school. The purpose of this post is to collect some of those resources in one place. Please contribute to the document using this form. Your contribution will take about 5 minutes to […]

Finding Opportunity in Crisis: Five Ways the Pandemic Can Make Public Education Better

There is no doubt that March 14, 2020 has all of us in a world that is very different from the one we anticipated. The escalation of the national and provincial responses, in a time when everyone has a voice online and facts don’t always rise to the top, creates challenges we have yet to […]