I’d just like Iowa state house republicans to be very sure about what they’re doing, because, given the absolute all-the-best-people-shit-show your party has become, it’s really hard for me to just give the benefit of even a shadow of a doubt. I work in one of the most innovative schools in the country, and we grew it… Read more Attracting Talent: You’re Doing It Wrong
[This post is one in a larger series of posts detailing my day-to-day conversations, projects, and thoughts while running Iowa BIG; if I don’t write this stuff down I forget how amazing my students and colleagues are and I get “win creep” so bad. Iowa BIG is an initiative-based high school option in Cedar Rapids,… Read more Digital Noses, Z-Tests, and Expansion: Week 25, Year 4, Iowa BIG
There once was a midwestern state With school funding up for debate the teachers all feared for their jobs and got weird while innovation was pushed off the plate.
I have to admit that I’m livid right now. Not at the so-called education professionals that constantly call into question the validity of Iowa BIG despite having no experience doing anything other than academia. No. I’m angry because the system of schools is based on fear—fear from parents that without the repetitive yet ineffective experience of… Read more These Misconceptions Are Keeping School in the 1960’s
The following letter was sent by my boss, Associate Superintendent Trace Pickering to all 1,200 teachers in my school district. This is how leaders start transformative conversations: They make their position clear, they explain “what they do all day,” and they make it really clear that challenging tacit assumptions is everyone’s job. This letter is… Read more Why I Have a Great Boss
I’ve been reading a lot of human evolution and sociology books and papers in order to increase the base of fundamental research for some of the emergent design principals behind BIG. A few assumptions that we make have always sat well with me, but they have always seemed a bit too because-we-think-so: Questions of community size… Read more The Things Iowa BIG Wonders
In the words of my fellow Iowa BIG faculty, “We are no longer bound by time and space.” For me, this has always been true, but it’s finally been honored as a part of my work day! I’d like to take some time to unpack what may be the most ridiculous comment I’ve ever believed… Read more Time, Space, and Assessment
How can we prepare students for the “real world” when many of the future jobs they will tackle have yet to be created, and those that currently exist, already experience radical upheaval and elimination? The answer is to invite the public back into public education. As a rapidly changing world increases the need for authentic… Read more Inviting the Public Back to Public Education
I’m going to see Seth Godin speak this afternoon at Iowa City’s Entrefest, and I have to admit that I feel inspired to be a change agent today; it’s been hard to maintain that lately. Running Iowa BIG has sapped nearly every ounce of energy I’ve been able to cleave from Lucky Charms and coffee… Read more Iowa BIG is Change Today
Guest blog by Troy Miller, Director of Strategic Partnerships at IowaBIG.org. MIcrosoft lost me several years ago. I currently use an Android operating system running on a Samsung smartphone, leveraging Google docs. As I type, I’m enjoying my Apple Macbook Pro while blogging on WordPress. This hasn’t always been the case, and furthermore, I contemplating… Read more Public Education = Legacy Software?