Will Richardson

Co-founder of Modern Learners, author, speaker, instigator, surfcaster, husband, and father to two amazing young adults. Currently advising the work of Modern Learners while also asking Big Questions at the Big Questions Institute.

Game Over

One story of school that we rarely acknowledge but that runs beneath almost everything we do is that school is a game to be “won.” At a minimum, students win it by doing what they need to do to graduate and attain whatever academic status is expected of them. Parents win it by doing what …

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#66 – Futurist Bryan Alexander: Stories of Change

All this month in the community we’re talking about the theme of story, how the story of school and education is changing, and what we need to do to help create a new story for teaching and learning moving forward. And so along those lines, in this week’s podcast I interview long time blogger, author, …

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We Choose the Stories We Tell

Starting in August, we’re kicking off a new theme in our Modern Learners Community on “Story.” Through our podcasts, book studies, special events and more, we’re going to dive into the many https://modernlearners.communityways that stories define our work in terms of the paths we choose to follow, the ways we measure success, the way we …

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Inspecting for Signs of Decay

I’ve come to read predictions about the future of work with a healthy skepticism. So much click bait. So much preying on fears. So much focused on the technologies instead of the choices we make about the technologies. So much…period. Today more than ever we need to be careful consumers of what’s being written about …

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#64 – In Search of Deeper Learning

Unpleasant Truth about Education #47: Kids learn more deeply in school when participating in extracurriculars than they do when being taught in classrooms. That’s one of the many provocative conclusions drawn by authors Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine in their book In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. It’s …

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Fulfillment Beats “Success”

If you’re looking for a pretty compelling read for the summer, Todd Rose’s newest book Dark Horse should probably be on your list, especially if you’re at all interested in education and the shifts that are currently underway in our thinking about schools. In short, it’s about the need (if not requirement) these days to …

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#62 – A Truly Global School

A lot of schools tout a “global curriculum,” but not many can say that they have a truly global campus. But that’s what “Avenues: The World School” is building. With physical campuses in New York City and Sao Paulo, a Shenzen, China opening this fall, schools developing in Miami, Silicon Valley, London, and Mumbai, and …

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