Reexamining an Overstuffed Curriculum – Does It Spark Joy?

This past year, many of us tidied up our closets and junk drawers inspired by Marie Kondo’s prompt to “keep only those things that speak to the heart and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service and let them go.” Sparking joy is strikingly on-point when it comes to cleaning […]

3-Part Process for Making Deliberate Curriculum Choices:

What to cut out? Cut back on? Consolidate? Keep? Create? Educators face a critical challenge:  how to engage their learners in a curriculum that is responsive to where their students are right now — addressing learning losses and gains — in service to where they aspire to be. Over the past year, all of us have had […]

3 Approaches to Uncovering Learning Loss and Learning Gains … TO WHAT END?

From sardonic opinions to marketing tactics, system leaders have been deluged with a torrent of commentary and predictions about learning loss. The leadership challenge right now is to sort out the obvious reality of losses that have occurred because of the pandemic from nebulous abstractions of loss. It is tempting to slide back into content […]