About

We are an evolving group of educators who have come together 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 Lakoff; and researchers and professors Carol Dweck, Andy Hargreaves, Art Costa Bena Kallick, Jon Saphier, Yong Zhao, and Tony Wagner.

We are about learning and 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”– the changes in attitude and behavior we educators must exhibit to survive in our world of surprising changes.

MEET BILL, LESLIE, and SKIP

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

Emotional Anorexia

Great administrators and teachers are emotionally intelligent and connect with their students and colleagues. They understand that positive relationships are the bedrock of successful schools. This can be emotionally draining, and if we do not replenish regularly, then it can lead to what presenter, Dr. William Sommers, calls “emotional anorexia.” […]

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10 Lessons from Daniel Pink

These notes are a blend of Daniel Pink’s presentation and some of Bill’s comments. Daniel Pink’s new book, The Power of  Regrets came out February 1 2022.  I have my copy.  Get Yours. Best way to make a decision. A focusing question is, ‘what would I tell my best friend […]

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4’E’s of Maintenance

By: Dr Cindy Zurchin, Positive Consulting, LLC The New Year brings thoughts of resolutions and ways to improve our lifestyles and create healthy habits.  Many of us have experienced our best intentions end up in disappointments.  There is no reason we have to pick the date of January 1 to […]

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