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Students Are Falling Through the Passion Gap in SchoolsStudents Are Falling Through the Passion Gap in Schools
July 3rd, 2017: When we were invited to sum up at the end, I realized that one guest had not been invited to the table: Passion. I was the first to interject this word, saying that “passion should not be the number one thing on the agenda, it IS the agenda.”
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Guest Post: Dream Big – The Passion of LearningGuest Post: Dream Big – The Passion of Learning
June 26th, 2017: I know that to dream big is to follow in the direction I am being led. I have never looked back and now truly understand what passion and fire feels like as it burns inside of me.

Choosing to Celebrate Life on the Anniversary of DeathChoosing to Celebrate Life on the Anniversary of Death
June 20th, 2017: Today marks the fourth anniversary of my younger brother’s death — a tragic and inexplicable suicide of a young, vibrant, intelligent, charismatic and talented 35 year old. He was a gift in every sense of the word.

Genius Hour: Our Promise to Students That Their Passions MatterGenius Hour: Our Promise to Students That Their Passions Matter
June 18th, 2017: Genius Hour is our promise to students that their passions will matter; that they will do work that matters, and we will make time during the school day for it.

Let's Close the Passion Gap Let's Close the Passion Gap
June 15th, 2017: There is a passion gap in school, and students are disappearing into it, and drowning in ennui. Let’s begin closing that gap. Right here, right now.

Forget Following Your Heart – Follow Your HeartBreakForget Following Your Heart – Follow Your HeartBreak
June 10th, 2017: Finding your passion; surrendering to your heartbreak is really about finding what really moves you.

Are You Carrying Rocks in Your Backpack?Are You Carrying Rocks in Your Backpack?
May 31st, 2017: Words matter. Words carry weight. That is why its so important to monitor what we say to ourselves.

Writing that is WOW – Worthy of the WorldWriting that is WOW – Worthy of the World
March 31st, 2015: Any regular reader of this blog knows how much I value good writing. My own personal statement begins “educator, author…” As I wrote in an article for the Huffington Post, I am an author not because of any particular skill or experience that

9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World
October 21st, 2014: Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning — except one: Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world.

Guidelines of Passion-Based LearningGuidelines of Passion-Based Learning
July 24th, 2012: I was honoured recently to speak at a Future of Education talk that addressed the ways to bring about passion-based learning in schools, along with experts and collegues Amy Sandvold, Lisa Nielsen, and George Couros, mediated by Steve Hargadon.

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