First generation students unlock knowledge

First generation students unlock knowledge

Research on how people learn suggests that low-income and first generation college students excel when they are actively engaged in learning instead of passively listening to lectures.

Design Thinking goes to college

Design Thinking goes to college

Recently I had the opportunity to facilitate a design thinking workshop at an extraordinary first generation college student conference held at Brown University (1vyG). First gens face a myriad of challenges as they make the sometimes difficult transition from home to

Playfulness, Courage, Agility and Love

Playfulness, Courage, Agility and Love

I am always on the lookout for examples of the creative process to inspire educational practices. And bingo (or slots in my case), I found it in Las Vegas at the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson ONE show. This breathtaking barrage

Design thinking for Kids

Design thinking for Kids

“Often schools are teaching kids things they might never need to know again. We’re not teaching them how to be creative, or design, … or deal with unexpected situations. A lot of people are aware that we really need to

Creativity is a skill, not a mighty mystery

Creativity is a skill, not a mighty mystery

Thinking about creativity as a skill, not a mighty mystery, makes it accessible to all of us. Too many people still think of creativity as a mystery — the exclusive property of the very intellectually gifted or a bolt of

Kilroy was here

Kilroy was here

Soldiers, sailors and members of the air corps often used the catchphrase, “Kilroy was here,” accompanied by a doodle to commemorate a place they visited or a battle fought during World War II.  This reminder of wartime exploits became a

Global Travel as Inspiration

Global Travel as Inspiration

Today more people than ever travel to international destinations.  And global travel can be so much more than running a marathon of museums. Think of global travel as inspiration — providing unique opportunities to exercise your creativity. Diverse and dedicated

Unpacking Design Thinking: Prototype

Unpacking Design Thinking: Prototype

Imagine going to your next meeting with a prototype instead of a cup of coffee and notepad. The prototype is an early model or experiment to rapidly create solutions to challenges and problems already defined and discussed by design thinkers.

Fulbright Exchanges and Global Awareness

Fulbright Exchanges and Global Awareness

The Fulbright teacher exchange is one of the most esteemed programs for teacher professional development in the world. The rationale behind the Fulbright Teacher exchange program is to increase mutual understanding and to share pedagogical practices among teacher-citizens in the