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Recommended Books & Websites

Often people ask us to explain our approach in an elevator conversation, but many of the components that influence the way we do things are incredibly complex and nuanced. If you are interested in the subject and want to delve a little deeper, here are some books and websites that will help.


Putting Power in the Hands of Kids Through Design Thinking

Lead by Consensus

The Original Charter School Vision

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Pediatricians Officially Want High Schools to Start Later

Challenging Work is Essential to Deep Meaningful Learning

Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Ivy League, Mental Illness and the Meaning of Life

The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul

The Leader in You

How Youth Competition Gets in the Way of Empathy

Multiage Classrooms

How Do We Create Rich Learning Opportunities for All Students 

Fostering Growth Mindsets

What Keeps a Student Student Motivated to Learn 

What Does Design Thinking Look Like in School

Empathy Development

Classroom Management


The House Assesses Legislation Regarding Competency-based Learning

Intellectual Humility: Why Google Doesn’t Care about Hiring Top Graduates

Are You Raising Nice Kids?

10 Ways to Teach Innovation: 21st century skills: Tom Markum

Competency-based Ed


Alternative Grading

Formative Assessment Ideas

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Beyond Worksheets

Common Core

Work that Matters Outside of School

Open Source Curriculum

Can Inquiry Learning and Standardized Co-exist?


Peter Senge and Learning Organizations

The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

9-5 Is Hell For Creative Workers

The Best Ways to Spend a Free 20 Min

4 Things That Ninth Graders Can Teach You about Risk Taking Design Tools for Change

Schlechty Center Free Tools

WISE 2013:  Best of Wise Voices 

Tips for a College Ready Culture from Principal of the Year 

Avinoam Nowogrodskiof Clarizen, on the Rewards of Listening 

Embracing Messy Learning

Trench Democracy in Schools #2:  An Interview with Helen Beattie 

The Brain’s Divide in Doing What’s Right 

What a Teacher Power School Looks Like 

Editorial:  Don’t Panic Over School Test Scores 

How to Get a Job at Google 

An Industry of Mediocrity

Top 10 Commencement Speeches

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive Do Every Day 

100 Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask 


Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

Ask Great Questions: Leadership Skill of Socrates 

Using Entrepreneurship to Transform Student Work

Leadership Showing Empathy in Your Leadership

10 Leadership Lessons from the IBM School 

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

The Leader in You

Every Leader’s Real Audience


5 Examples of Learning Spaces that Move 

How Architect Clive Wilkinson Ditch Cubicles and Embrace Glass

Color Matters

How to Design Your Workspace to Encourage Positive Emotions at Work 


How Assessment Can Lead to Deeper Learning

We Need an Education System that Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking

Aim Higher Isn’t About Passing a Test

New Tech Releases Data Demonstrating High School Students Outperform College Freshmen on Key Indicators of Higher Order Thinking Skills  

How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning?” 

Beyond Knowing Fact, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Why Google Doesn’t Care about Hiring Top College Grads

Inside Higher Ed:  An Innovations Stifler?

Engaging Brains:  How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids about Neuroplasticity

Student Voice:  Making a Difference

Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need it the Most

Why Everything We Know about Discipline is Wrong

Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Share This With All the Schools, Please

Likely to Succeed

The Maker Movement  and the Rebirth of Constructionism

Need a Job? Invent It

Inquiry Learning vs. Standardized Content

The Awesome Reason Why this Library Has No Books

5 Steps to Foster Grit in the Classroom

The Real Shanghai Secret 

Why the 9-5 Day is So Tough on Creative Workers

Social and Emotional Core Competencies

How a Radical New Teaching Methods Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Imagery:  A Key to Understanding Math

‘Nature Is a Powerful Teacher’: The Educational Value of Going Outside

Why Schools Should Pay More Attention to Students’ Grit and Self-Control

What Makes an Extreme Learner

What Schools Could Use Instead of Standardized Tests

Essential Insights about Mobile Learning


Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion.

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action.

Angela Lee Duckworth: Grit, the power of passion and perseverance.

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