Adventures in Singapore: My Parting Thoughts in Slide Form

I gave two final presentations today: one to the staff at the Academy of Singapore Teachers and one to a group of School Principals. The first provides a little summary of my experience in Singapore with bullet points of my learnings and my suggestions. The second accompanies the message that I shared to school leaders […]

What I’m Up To

The Berkman Center recently asked me to provide an update on my work over recent months. Here it is:   Greetings! Sorry for my tardiness. I’ve spent the the last two weeks in Singapore, serving as an Outstanding Educator in Residence with the Academy of Singapore Teachers. It has been an amazing exchange, and incredibly […]

Adventures in Singapore: What would happen if you could get everyone in the same room?

One of the great things about my job, is that by virtue of being an outsider, often organizations will bring together diverse groups of people to solve important challenges around technology integration (“Justin Reich is coming next week, let’s have him meet with all the stakeholders.)  But the meeting I had in Singapore on Friday […]

Passion-Driven Learning and Outdoor Education

You know those people into webinars who dial in from overseas at ungodly hours… that was me today, hosting a 4pm EDT webinar at 5am from Singapore. We were lucky to host Angela Maiers, who is coming this March to keynote the MassCUE/METAA Leadership Conference, and our conversation was about Angela’s campaign to promote Passion […]

Adventures in Singapore: Equity as a Pathway to Excellence

Fact: The national school systems with the highest test scores also have the least variation in test scores among subgroups (by race and income). In other words, the best systems are also the most equitable. What’s harder to prove, but seems to be the case, is that equity is not merely a by-product of excellence, […]

Adventures in Singapore: Teacher Leadership

The teaching job in America was designed as a temporary position, for men before the headed to college or for women before they got married. As it transitioned into being a career, it never really developed the features of having a career trajectory. It’s one of the only careers in America where the responsibilities that […]

Singapore- Connecting Technology to Learning Goals

I’m in the air between Boston and Minneapolis, on the first leg of  a ~30 hour journey journey to Singapore. My EdTechTeacher colleague Tom Daccord and I have been invited by the Academy of Singapore Teachers as part of a new exchange program called the Outstanding Educators in Residence program. We’re each spending two weeks […]

School Reform as a Talent Development, Coherence and Equity

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in Leadership, Reform, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’m taking my last class at HGSE, a 3-day Jan Term seminar, with three folks who have been in the education reform business for a long time, Bob Shwartz, Mike Smith, and Michael Barber (that’s Sir Michael Barber to you, buddy!) It’s called Seminar on Education Policy: Effective Education Systems, but it probably could be called: […]

Bud the Teacher becomes Bud the Researcher

We’re unlikely to have much luck improving student learning outcomes with technology if we don’t measure the impact of our technology investments and interventions. In the last year or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can be of service to school leaders who are trying to figure out how technology should fit […]

Will Free Benefit the Rich?

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Digital Divide, Leadership, Oped, Video | 10 Comments

Today I have a video op-ed up on the Harvard Graduate School of Education website, where I address some of my concerns about the role of education technology in expanding educational inequalities. Here’s the video, and I’ll expand on my concerns below: Basically, I think there are two visions for free and Open educational resources […]