Your Own Personal Makerspace (The Thinker-Space Movement)

By Robert J. Harris May 22, 2017 Over the last decade, the Makerspace Movement has been gaining momentum and market share in k-12 education - and rightfully so. Makerspaces provide students with opportunities to explore innovative solutions to real-world problems by creating tangible work-products through guided hands-on learning experiences outside of the regular classroom.  The... Continue Reading →

Teaching and Learning with Intelligent Machines

By Robert J. Harris May 16, 2017 The following is not an endorsement of IBM products. IBM’s Watson Education is used to illustrate how an industry giant such as IBM is currently changing the education landscape by bringing intelligent machines into the classroom. According to IBM, “Watson is bringing education into the cognitive era.” IBM’s... Continue Reading →

From ‘Self-Driven’ Cars to ‘Self-Driven’ Classrooms

By Robert J. Harris May 12, 2017 Today, innovators in the automobile industry are combining machine intelligence, robotics and advanced sensory systems with existing automotive technology to create ‘self-driven’ cars. These cars are capable of interacting with humans to safely navigate through their environment. Their standard features include: Forward Collision Avoidance, Lane Detection, Backup Cameras... Continue Reading →

Coaching Matters

By Robert J. Harris May 8, 2017 Over the last two decades, school districts hired an increasing number of academic coaches to work with elementary teachers to improve the quality of literacy and math instruction. In this role, instructional coaches share their expertise in curriculum and instruction by observing classroom teachers, modeling best practices for... Continue Reading →

Labor Harmony: The Dissonance Within

By Robert J. Harris April 27, 2017 Trained as a jazz guitarist, I have a deep understanding of chord structures from both an aesthetic and a theoretical perspective. In jazz music, chords set the harmonic context and framework for improvisation, and melody provides its themes. In the following blog piece, I will briefly discuss the... Continue Reading →

Learning-Centered Negotiations

By Robert J. Harris April 19, 2017 In my conversations with educational leaders, I am often asked how I view my role as a negotiator working on the employer’s side of the table in the k-12 space. In response, I usually quip, “I deliver the mail.” Not in the sense that I liken the work... Continue Reading →

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑