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  • Modernizing a Landmark Curriculum Resource

      PlusUs recently completed a project with the Center for Architecture and Design to modernize their Architecture in Education (AIE) program, an influential experience first created in 1986. The program has served as the basis for the majority of K-12 architecture education programs around the United States (and many around the world). HOW WE DID…

  • If We’re Not Teaching the Self, What’s the Use?

    I recently attended a conference at The Perkiomen School in East Greenville, PA on “Disrupting Education.”  Sure, it’s almost a cliché by now, this disruption thing.  However, when we’re disrupting the thing I do for a living, I’m listening.  I’m not one to sit on my laurels, trot out yesteryear’s lessons and hit replay.  If…

  • Design, Education, and Human Beings in the Becoming

    Project Wayfinder‘s Summer Institute for Teachers at Brown University has thrown me for a loop and shifted my perspective on professional development in several ways.  After twenty-five years in education, I don’t say those words lightly.  I’ve sat through too many workshops and classes where all it seemed I was supposed to do was pack…

  • PlusUs at Project Wayfinder: Purpose, Meaning, and Human Centered Design

    In a few days I will be among 50 educators from around the world attending the Project Wayfinder Teacher Institute at Brown University.  Based upon the navigational techniques of ancient Polynesian sailors, Project Wayfinder’s vision is “that all people have access to tools to create lives of meaning and purpose.”   Founded by Patrick Cook-Deegan…

  • When We Feel What Makes Your School Unique

    Imagine for a moment you’re researching possible schools for your child. You’re online looking at websites, and most are confusing, cluttered, and uninspired. They do little to communicate what the school believes, or what makes it unique. I don’t need to show you examples, I know you have some in mind (in fact you’ve probably…

  • Redesigning Education: Design for Deeper Learning

    What counts and what matters in learning?  Contrary to centuries of practice, it is not really the grades. Since April of 2017 I have been reading about and, now, practicing gradeless-ness in my high school 9th and 10th grade English classes.  Sure, I know that such a practice is not new, at least not in…