Don’t blame EdTech

Today I read and watched a sad story about early reading scores in Pittsburgh. CBS KDKA Channel 2 in the Steel City reported that Early Grade Reading Scores Fall At Pittsburgh Public Schools, Despite Millions Spent On Educational Technology. The third grade students scoring Below Basic (i.e. not proficient) in year-end tests rose from 11.7% …

When is a Tesla like a Prius?

People spend a lot of money on a Tesla. There’s one that can get to 60 Mph in 2 seconds. Then there’s the Prius, once valued for its mileage it’s now the bane of everyone’s Uber ride. But they are both equal when they are stuck in traffic on the onramp to the 405!. The …

Sending sensitive data over email

A colleague of mine asked me about sending sensitive information (personally identifiable information or PII) over email. As a CIO/CTO for 15 years I often get these types of requests. I like these better than being asked to fix the projector at a board meeting. Instead of just telling him that it needs to be …

Seattle Public Schools has a Tech Plan

Seattle Schools Department of Technology Services (DoTS) Technology Plan 2019-2023┬áis the five-year plan I developed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the management in DoTS, and senior staff members at Seattle Public Schools with engagement from a wide group of stakeholders. This plan is an effort to document planning for Information Technology (IT) projects …

Book Review: The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars is an excellent overview of the role of gender and race in the teaching profession that has persisted from the early 1800’s to today. It also is a good overview of how trends in K-12 Education have come and gone and circle back. The book traces the teaching profession from the early …

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