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We are an amorphous group of educators who have joined together – a tribe really – to learn from a diverse group of gifted, interesting and sometimes provocative learned people in the world. We’ve learned from the likes of Edgar Schein, Peter Block, Richard Sheridan, Stan Slap, and poet David Whyte, provocative educators David Berliner, Gene Glass, and Yong Zhao, linguist George Layoff, researchers and professors Carol Dweck, Andy Hargreaves, Art Costa Bena Kallick, Jon Saphier, Yong Zhao, and Tony Wagner.

We are about learning – exploring ideas to understand more deeply the institutions of education. We are also intrigued by the processes individuals experience while learning. Our blog is about current issues around learning. We offer reviews of books we’re reading. And we focus on “New Rules”, changes in attitude and behavior we educators must exhibit to survive in our world of surprising changes.

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New Rules

(Read our new rules before they disappear. We only publish the most recent for a few months.)

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Igniting Learning Blog

"Educating is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of the fire."

- William Butler Yeats

Mugged by 360 degree Feedback

Mugged by 360o Feedback Frank Wagner, PhD Have you ever been assailed by a gang on the street?  Feedback from all sides, in the form of 360o feedback, can feel akin to such a confrontation.  Surrounded on the street, the more vocal assailants seem downright combative.  Other gang members appear […]

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Power of the Badge

The Power of the Badge A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Montana, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, ‘I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.’ The old rancher says, ‘Okay, but do not go in that field over there’ as he […]

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Thank You Shirley Hord

Since Shirley’s passing last month I have done a lot of reflecting on her influence on my professional life.  Long before I ever met Shirley, in the 80s, I was using her work, and that of Gene Hall, as a principal and as a staff developer.  I taught Concerns-Based Adoption […]

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