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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

Thank You John Lewis

As I reflect on losing Elijah Cummings and now John Lewis, I am sad that leadership and voice may be diminished.  I am grateful for their contributions to the values, commitment, and actions to move our country toward the ideals of the constitution written over two hundred years ago. When […]

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Beware of Cats in the Dog House

Teachers Matter Magazine published my article on Dogs and Cats.  It is a metaphor I heard Michael Grinder use in the 90s.  Kids are not animals but the attributes fit.  Most of us were taught to teach dog-like behavior.  The cat-like behavior is increasing at a high rate.  Start learning […]

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Engage Your Kids during COVID

I keep hearing from friends who are parents, friends who are teachers, and people who are bored. I am on the board of directors for Stevie Rays Improv Group.  Yes, I have taken several sets of classes to get better at presentation skills.  I encouraged Steve to offer improv classes, […]

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