Back to the Future9

Have you heard that song that goes “I wish that I knew what I know now … when I was younger?” For me, it brings to mind the Future9 Competencies, reDesign’s free and open-source framework reflecting our best thinking on competency design for lifelong learning, living, working, and contributing in a community. This tool would have been useful for me as I “grew up” as an educator. Here’s what I would tell my past teacher and administrator selves about the Future9 Competencies and their potential to serve as an organizing architecture for meaningful lessons, powerful teacher collaboration, and coherent curriculum design.

Classroom-based Curriculum for Building Mental Health Literacy

Mental health literacy—the foundation for mental health promotion, prevention, and care—can be developed through classroom-based curriculum implementation that has been scientifically shown to improve mental health–related outcomes for students—and for teachers.

Documentary Illuminating the Triumphant Power of Music

The Secret Song chronicles the final months of Doug Goodkin’s fabled 45-year career teaching music to children in San Francisco. In what could have been a celebratory victory lap, the veteran teacher finds his efforts to instill a sense of belonging interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

AI-Driven Analytics Platform Promoting Equity & Inclusion

Voice4Equity (V4E), a national organization promoting women and women of color as K–12 school superintendents, and The Superintendent Lab (TSL), a superintendency data and research company, have partnered to debut an AI-driven Education Leadership Analytics platform to promote equity and inclusion in educational leadership through policy, practice, and research. The platform provides K–12 public school districts with research, data, news, and policy affecting them.

Self-Care and Eliminating Hurry Sickness for Professional Women

Many professional women feel immense pressure to manage their own lives, careers, and family. Research has shown that women today are less happy than they have been over the past 40 years. As daughters, sisters, friends, wives, and mothers, there are many responsibilities to be balanced. Unfortunately, most women fail to keep a good balance for themselves, and keep taking from themselves, without giving anything back.

The Inclusion, Affirmation, and Resiliency of Women Leaders: Dare to Lead Like a Girl

The phrase “you throw like a girl” has resonated for years among women, encompassing many female career roles, responsibilities, and skills. Dalia Feldheim’s book Dare to Lead like a Girl: How to Survive and Thrive in the Corporate Jungle is a powerful antidote for a workplace culture that views traits such as passion, vulnerability, and empathy as feminine weaknesses. Dalia describes her own personal journey to balance a career of inspiring leadership and emotional bravery without compromising feminine qualities and traits in her life, work, and family.  She goes even further to recognize a Harvard study where “feminine traits” such as reflection, management, caring, and relationship building common among women in the workplace were identified as outperforming men.