Category: Leadership

Building a ‘Startup Culture’ in Schools

*Cross posted from edSurge and was included in their guide, All Aboard the Connected Classroom. For most, start-ups and school districts couldn’t be more different. One is constantly changing, trying new things. The other is stuck in time, mandating a one-size-fits-all solution for unique situations. In the Albemarle County School District, we see things a bit […]

The Maker Mindset

*Cross posted from’s blog and co-authored by Pam Moran. A few weeks ago, some of our young people reminded us that “making” is a mindset that can occur any time, any place. During a snow day, a group of kids were co-opted by a local teenage video “maker” into creating and publishing a fabulous […]

Rethinking Capitalism

There are only a few people whose writing and ideas have the ability to shift the way entire sectors fundamentally operate. Michael Porter is one of those folks. His thoughts on strategy permeate organizations; you’ve likely experienced the effects of his work, even if you don’t know his name. He’s the guy behind the “value chain“, there’s probably […]

Lean Thinking

Educational leaders across the country are sharpening their pencils in preparation for another tough budget cycle. In light, I’m reminded of this great piece in the Washington Post penned by U.Va. Darden School of Business Dean Bob Bruner and the even better follow-up on his blog. Take the time to read both. In short, I pulled these three pearls on what lean thinking should […]