Raising a Mighty Girl

"Tell me Ava, why do you think Sistine said what she did about Southern people?" I asked. We were reading the book 'The Tiger Rising' by Kate DiCamillo and Sistine (the female protagonist) introduced herself to her new classmates in Kentucky by declaring southerners ignorant. Her classmates answered back on the playground afterwards. "Does she…

Designing Curriculum for a Global Education

Working on curriculum can feel like a slog for many teachers. Teaching is a hard profession. With only so many hours in the school year (and even day) to create and mark assessments, meet with colleagues and prepare for lessons, (let alone teach them) it's easy to neglect updating curriculum maps to ensure the viability…

Waiting for the Hammer to Fall

We're in our final few weeks of living in South Korea. It's a funny thing- living while such an impending life event is on the horizon. Just yesterday, we were out in the Itaewon neighborhood of Seoul, having a celebratory dinner and cocktails with our friend Roori at 'Vatos' before taking a taxi to Insadong…

World Nomads for Travel Insurance

We just solved one of our top problems of our trip which was what to do about insurance. Another couple friend of ours who is taking a trip around the world for a year is opting to 'go uninsured' during that time and hope that nothing happens. Still, shit happens. After spending months shopping around,…

Kids and Screen Time: How Much is ‘Too Much?’

One of the more paradoxical conundrums I read about on a daily basis is kids and screen time. Since the digital learning revolution has been fully embraced by schools that can afford it and skills weave themselves into lesson from teachers that can teach it, we have to ask ourselves "How much is too much?"…

Living with Air Pollution

School was cancelled last week on Tuesday due to an unprecedented reason- air pollution. I relished in the shiny luck of mother nature dispensing snow days back home while growing up in Minnesota. We'd watch as the snowfall slowly floated down in the evening and then wake up anxiously to see if it was enough…

The End of a Ski Season

There are moments that divide our lives. Milestones of your child's development. A promotion. Moving across the country. The loss of a family member or addition of a new one by birth or marriage. When we look back at these moments, they divide our memories into segments of our time before it happened and how…

Empty Rooms

The great decluttering has begun. Since we brought our cats home to California, we have started going through our apartment 'mari-kondo' style and asking ourselves 'Does this bring us joy?'. If not, the items find themselves on a trip to school to be dropped off at various staff lounges much like how Andy Dufresne unsuspectingly…

To My Beautiful Ava on her 9th Birthday

Today I woke up to your sweet kisses and warm hugs. As with most mornings, you came to snuggle me awake before school, shimmying your little body under the heavy covers to warm up next to me. As I blinked awake, your sweet smile filled my sleepy eyed view and you whispered that you wished…

Ava’s Educational App Toolkit

I've made a career out of educational technology. Twenty years ago, there was not even job descriptions like mine. Now, with the ever cascading deluge of platforms, apps and innovation that changes as fast as the color of a banana peel, schools and organizations hire people like me that can explain technology adoption in simple…