I live on a river outside Portland, Oregon at the entrance of the Columbia Gorge. I live in a place where the mountains and rivers collide. I work in a space where schools and technology combine.
As an educator, I did not follow the traditional career path. I was always searching for new ways to engage and motivate my students. In the mid 1980’s, I created WVHS, one of Florida’s first high school Television Production programs. WVHS eventually included a computer graphics suite, sound stage, control room, scene shop and offices for student staff. My students applied their skills serving our school and community by producing news, PSAs, commercials, short films, computer animations, and graphics. They won many national and state awards.
For a long time I believed technology could transform our schools. But in listening to the many educators I’ve coached and trained over the years, I’ve learned the biggest barrier to school improvement is culture. Your school’s culture is your school’s destiny. If your culture is broken, technology will not help you. Neither will new standards, curriculum, or shiny new programs. You’re stuck.
So now I focus on helping schools build a better culture. A culture based on 3 things: Trust, empowerment, and collaboration. I will be posting about that in this space.