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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

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


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

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 

What a Teacher Power School Looks Like 

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

Most 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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Privacy Policy

Effective date: May 28, 2019

iLEAD Schools Development (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the website and all affiliated websites as listed under “Our Locations” and linked to the website (the “Service”).

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, the terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from


Information Collection and Use

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or the instructions provided in any email we send.

Usage Data

We may also collect information on how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Tracking & Cookies Data

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and we hold certain information.

Cookies are files with a small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Other tracking technologies are also used such as beacons, tags and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyse our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

Use of Data

iLEAD Schools Development uses the collected data for various purposes:

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), iLEAD Schools Development legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

iLEAD Schools Development may process your Personal Data because:

Retention of Data

iLEAD Schools Development will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

iLEAD Schools Development will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer periods.

Transfer of Data

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to – and maintained on – computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those of your jurisdiction.

If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

iLEAD Schools Development will take all the steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organisation or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Disclosure of Data

Business Transaction

If iLEAD Schools Development is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Disclosure for Law Enforcement

Under certain circumstances, iLEAD Schools Development may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Legal Requirements

iLEAD Schools Development may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

Security of Data

The security of your data is important to us but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Our Policy on “Do Not Track” Signals under the California Online Protection Act (CalOPPA)

We do not support Do Not Track (“DNT”). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked.

You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.

Your Data Protection Rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. iLEAD Schools Development aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed about what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”), provide the Service on our behalf, perform Service-related services or assist us in analysing how our Service is used.

These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.


We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyse the use of our Service.

Behavioral Remarketing

iLEAD Schools Development uses remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimise and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.

Links to Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:

Important information regarding confidential student data

There is ongoing litigation between the California Department of Education and the Concerned Parent Association. A notice issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson states, “The lawsuit accuses CDE of widespread, systemic non-compliance by local educational agencies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.”

The court has ordered CDE to release student and parent information to provide personally identifiable information (PII) – an act that can only be taken as an exception to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As a result, we are providing notice of the court order and directions to anyone wishing to object.

Please be advised that CDE will notify parents or students of whom are required to disclose information and those individuals may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure using the PDF link below:

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