Mar 21

Save the National Writing Project

I cannot believe I have to write this again.

The National Writing Project is under attack again.

Let me add my voice to the more eloquent pleas of people like Zac and Bud.

This program works.

It is about reflective practice.

It is about inquiry.

It is about writing your life.

It is about teachers teaching teachers about how to be better at our craft.

It has profound benefits for teachers, students and schools.

It just works.

Please read the words of the many other outstanding educators who are calling on President Obama to save the NWP.

Please take a moment to call your elected officials to urge them to fund the National Writing Project.

Let’s do the right thing and save the National Writing Project.

Feb 01

EduCon Reflection – Seriously Silly


I take the work that we do at SLA incredibly seriously.


I take the work that all of us in the ed-world do to try to make schools and learning better incredibly seriously.


I take the purpose and goals of EduCon incredibly seriously.


I do not take myself seriously.


Remembering to sing and dance and be silly and have fun is a lovely way to remember that we are human.


Singing and dancing with our colleagues and with our kids is a lovely way for them to remember that too.


And singing and dancing in one moment and to have a seriousness of purpose in the next is a wonderful way to remind myself and my colleagues and my students of the richness of the human experience… that we can be whole people… that we can see each other as whole people. And that’s a good thing to remember in our schools.


And besides, singing and dancing is fun, too.


Nov 08

TakingITGlobal Job Opportunity

Got an email from the folks at TakingITGlobal today, asking for help in recruiting an amazing person for this position. TakingITGlobal are great folks… so it was my pleasure to pass this along:

TakingITGlobal is seeking a Youth Media Challenge Coordinator to join our vibrant team in New York City.


TakingITGlobal (TIG) is a non-profit, international youth organization with headquarters in Toronto, Canada.  TIG connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action to improve their local and global communities.  From tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean to the mountains of Nepal, TIG’s popular online network ( connects thousands of young people to discuss issues, take action, and get involved in their community. Scaling out from its original vision to serve individual youth, TIG has grown to become a network of youth networks, supporting the online presence of thousands of youth-led initiatives, youth-serving organizations, and educational institutions across regional, thematic, and linguistic networks. TIG has leveraged its online community tools and community management expertise for dozens of networks and organizations worldwide.  For more information please see our About Us Section:

TakingITGlobal is seeking a Project Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator to engage a global social network of youth as part of a project that encourages young people to both create digital media and think critically about the role that it plays in their lives.  The project will have an initial focus on reaching youth in the United States and several countries in Asia.  Project partners include Global Kids and Asia Society, both based in New York, who will contribute expertise in the areas of youth engagement, digital media and global education.  The project is supported by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

This position is perfect for a dynamic, insightful, well organized, detail-oriented individual with a passion for using online social networking and participatory digital media to foster youth engagement, international development and social change. The ideal candidate is goal-oriented and able to work well both independently and collaboratively. TakingITGlobal staff is comprised of a young, dynamic, professional, international, and passionate group of leaders. 

Roles & Responsibilities


·         Planning & preparing for the launch of a new online social network for youth in which youth can participate in constructive, educational activities, and exchange views and create media projects related to the role of digital media in their day-to-day lives. Once the site is launched, managing the implementation of ongoing improvements and innovations based on user feedback.

·         Outreach & partnership development with the aim of directly involving at least one thousand youth from around the world, with a specific focus on two of the following three countries in Asia: China, India, and South Korea. Representing the project and identifying effective methods for promotion at both online and face-to-face events with a particular focus on connecting with youth media groups.

·         Developing learning modules with partners  that facilitate individual youth and teams of youth critically reflecting on global issues and the use of digital media.

·         Engaging educators and supporting their involvement in the project and providing additional support to TakingITGlobal’s education programs including

·         Facilitating community engagement around five major themes related to international perspectives about youth and digital media.

·         Monitoring and evaluation of the social networking site and engaging advisors and leading experts in the field of digital media and learning to document the dialogues and content created by youth using the site so that they can be examined and repurposed to inform current thinking and research. Evaluation of the project also includes exploration of options for growth, scale and sustainability.

Required qualifications

Experience with instructional design; strong understanding of the uses of Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning
Demonstrated knowledge of youth engagement in global issues
Strong understanding of existing youth media initiatives
Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. Communications, Media, Education, International Development, Information Sciences, etc.)  Masters degree an asset
Leadership skills, facilitation experience (in both online and offline settings)
Excellent writing and editing skills, in English (writing sample required)
Understanding of and experience using online community, digital media creation, and social networking tools. Knowledge of HTML and photo editing tools is a plus
Experience working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector
Cross-cultural sensitivity, ability to work under pressure and resolve conflict
Strong ability to think creatively and implement projects from the idea phase
Ability to work in a fast paced office environment, managing multiple shifting priorities with strong time-management skills
International work or volunteer experience is an asset
Fluency in languages other than English is considered an asset
Application Process:

This position is based in New York City and is offered as an initial 10 month consultancy earning $2500 – $3000 per month.

Start Date:      January 2008

Application Deadline:  November 23rd (Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis)

Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample to:

ATTN:           Human Resources


NOTE:           In your email, please include the title of the position as the Subject.