End of the year thoughts

Three nights ago ASB hosted our annual 8th Grade Ceremony. This event symbolizes the “Closing of Middle School,” and the “Beginning of High School,” for our students. The evening showcased two student hosts, and two class speakers. Sitting in the audience, watching and listening to these four fourteen-year-old ‘kids’ (with … Continue reading

Design Thinking and Social Change

E. E. Cummings wrote: In 2008, ASB hosted our first Un-Plugged Conference. The conference was born with a two-fold purpose: To showcase, to the world, the ways in which ASB integrates technology into the learning process of our students To engage ASB’s educators in a conversation about the relevant trends … Continue reading

Teaching our Children to Make Decisions

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’” The character of Piglet, in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Poo, has a very clear idea (as clear an idea as Piglet can have) of who and … Continue reading

Transforming Teaching and Learning

Last year I contributed to the ASB Un-Plugged conference by sharing my research, based on data collected from over one hundred current Heads of Schools, to the question: What are the most important and relevant opportunities and challenges facing international schools? Here, in no particular order (except for #1), are: The Top … Continue reading

Analyzing Amy Chua’s “The Triple Package”

I remember a little over a year ago, the many faces of social media (not to mention TV and good ole’ fashion newspapers) were a-buzz with commentary about Amy Chua’s new book. Chua is the Yale professor, and Chinese American, who gained notoriety in 2011 with her book, Battle Hymn … Continue reading

The Ghost of Education Yet to Come

With every year comes the selection process for new hires. Interviewing teachers is a fascinating adventure. Once again, I’m struck by how differently (more powerful and more deeply authentic) the ‘master teachers’ talk to us about education compared to the rest. Truly, I am humbled and inspired by the anecdotes and … Continue reading

Remembering Madhu, Madiba and Goodness

I went to sleep last night with two deaths on my mind. The deaths of Madhu and Madiba. Madhu was an ASB Alum. Madiba was the Father of a Nation. “I still cannot believe that my dear ex-student Madhu was murdered,” wrote a former ASB teacher on Facebook last night. … Continue reading

The Internet & Adaptive Online Learning

Originally published on  January 26, 2013. Five days ago I was told by a technology-futurist that I’m not the only one who has difficulty selecting one single thought to share. “My research,” he stated, “concludes that the task of a person ‘selecting something’ is becoming more difficult on all fronts.” … Continue reading

Adding to the 5 Cs

I was in the ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai listening to Pat Bassett’s keynote address when I started writing today’s post. Pat is the President of NAIS (the National Association for Independent Schools in the United States), and his topic this morning was: Schools of the Future – … Continue reading

Thoughts from the Google Education Summit

Originally published on December 01, 2012. This weekend we are hosting the first annual Google Apps for Education India Summit. The 250 participants, from 14 countries, are spending an intense weekend on our elementary campus focusing on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education to promote student learning. In … Continue reading