My two boys are playing Fortnite as I write this. Theoretically I should feel badly about this, as fears of learning loss have ignited sit-ins from Berkeley to Rome and incited anxiety over increased screen time. …


There are mountains of empirical research that fly in the face of our pre-pandemic ways of doing school. …


by Inyan Kara & L. Portnoy

Few things are truly vital to human life, breathing is one such thing. The average adult takes approximately 20,000 breaths each day and in doing so inhales and exhales an extraordinary number of molecules. So many molecules that each day every one of us…


…while staying (relatively) sane during a global pandemic

Links to each of tools are embedded within this article and free for use at home with your children

When the first schools closed in response to the pandemic, my immediate response was to create a sense of structure for my children and establish a feeling of safety and consistency during crisis. I spent a weekend and pulled together a plan…


This article was originally published in the Washington Post on October 8, 2019: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/10/08/what-is-design-thinking-why-does-it-belong-classrooms/

Fauquier High School is a large public school in Warrenton, Va. With its multiple buildings, it feels more like a college campus than a high school. The layout makes it difficult for the school community to…


Design Thinking: A Thought Experiment to Address Politics, Addiction, and Climate Change

In the past few months the fires in Australia have destroyed the lives of 25 people, over a billion animals, and have decimated over 25.5 million acres of land including over a thousand homes*. As a society we…


“The most promising way educators or policy makers might implement deep change requires little more than harnessing the innate capacity of each individual.”

Amidst the constant buzz of disruption, innovation, and the “future of (fill in the blank)” there’s a large and untapped resource with the potential to revolutionize the way we do education. …


Lean in, practice mindfulness, and don’t forget to be radical! Catch phrases like these are powerful calls to action that often provide solid strategies for those seeking self improvement. …

Dr. Lindsay Portnoy

Intellectually curious. I follow my ideas. Cognitive scientist, author, educator, activist.

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