Throughout the development of this innovation plan, it has become increasingly clear that there is a fundamental necessity for the position of the innovation specialist. I will be proposing this position soon, as it appears to be the key to launching significant change on a campus. The Innovation Specialist works closely with the leadership team, … Continue reading The Innovation Specialist
Last week, I utilized L. Dee Fink's Learning Outcomes 3 column-table to design a unit of study. The 3 column-table focuses on aligning learning outcomes, assessments, and activities, which is an important part of planning and designing a course or a unit. I have been a part of curriculum writing in my district numerous times over … Continue reading Understanding by Design
While spending some time reading about significant learning environments, I attempted to engage in some dialogue with other teachers and administrators about shifting learning environments on campus. After a few encounters, it became obvious to me that there was a significant disparity in how people defined this term “learning environment.” Most thought I was only … Continue reading CSLE
"...People today often describe schools as “broken.” At first, it seems hard to argue with that. But what the proponents of that position mean is that schools have ceased to function efficiently; they are failing as machines. If we change the vocabulary and consider schools as learning environments, however, it makes no sense to talk … Continue reading Schools are not “broken”
The sink or swim mentality of traditional schools must be abandoned in favor of a shared responsibility for success.
Over the last 20 years, the reason that I do what I do hasn't really changed. I see that teenagers are not a finished product; teenagers are a work in progress. Often, the person they are destined to become has not yet formed while still in high school. Who they are today, might … Continue reading Why, How, and What
As we embark on a new era at Tomball High School with a new vision and new leadership, members of the leadership development team have taken the opportunity to reflect upon areas of need affecting our campus. Two of the most prominent areas of need concern academic achievement and student engagement, both of which can … Continue reading Innovation Plan: About the Learning