Extraordinary Design Thinking: The Extraordinaires Strike Again!

On Monday, July 18, I had the opportunity to get back into the Professional Development sphere.  Working with PlusUs , I was able to do a 1/2 day of professional development for teachers in Philadelphia's University of the Arts "Professional Institute for Educators."  The class is being taught by Phil Holcombe, founder of PlusUs and an … Continue reading Extraordinary Design Thinking: The Extraordinaires Strike Again!

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A View from the Crossroads: Rethinking College Admissions

THE BEAUTIFUL DANGER OF COFFEE AFTER 2PM Saturday night, somewhere around 12:20 AM, I was searching my twitter feed and came across a post from Grant Lichtman.  The tweet linked to a report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education entitled, Turning the Tide:  Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions.” … Continue reading A View from the Crossroads: Rethinking College Admissions

Extraordinaires Design Club: Designerly Minded Teachers

As followers of this blog may know, I have been working with and observing a group of Middle School learners since late November as they meet weekly to play and learn with the Extraordinaires Design Studio.  We started in November and December by getting to know one another,  learning about user-centered design and empathy's central place in … Continue reading Extraordinaires Design Club: Designerly Minded Teachers