Tweet Tom Rye teaching us the basics of Understanding by Design on day 1 I traveled to the beautiful Traverse City and surrounding area to attend MDE’s Instructional Unit Design Institute. It is an intensive two-week project to develop model instructional units for the state. We are using the MI curriculum frameworks, the recently adopted Common Core Standards and the Understanding by Design... Read More

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Tweet Field trips are always a blast!   Today we went to the Smithsonian Museums to talk to some of their program directors and curators about the innovative ways the museum is integrating educational technology. During the bus ride, I had a chance to speak to many teachers about their experiences and projects. This was my first time at the Smithsonian Institute and I was floored!!! The museum... Read More

Tweet During breakfast, I interviewed an innovative team of teachers from Philadelphia’s School of the Future. They are doing some amazing things in their classrooms considering their school is so very new. Share/Bookmark Read More

Tweet This morning I am at the Microsoft offices in Chavey Chase MD….wow!!!! We are all here for a workshop by the National Staff Development Council. I think they put the pro in professional development!!! The teachers that surround me today are among the most innovative teachers in their state.  I mean, the stuff that they come up with is frankly, out of this world.  The best part of this... Read More