Back! Bigger! Better! #IMMOOC Round 4

An Incredible Professional Learning Opportunity and Your Choice of 3 Books

Image created by David Carruthers (@dcarruthersedu)

Owning and taking responsibility for your professional development is one of the key separators between average educators and those destined to be great. And by great, I am referring to amplifying the impact you have on your students and in the larger educational community. But, that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. One of the most powerful learning experiences I have witnessed has been in the first 3 rounds of #IMMOOC (Innovator’s Mindset Massive Open Online Course) organized by George Couros. I have seen it build capacity, push people’s thinking, and nudge them out of their comfort zones.

It has been truly transformational for many participants….and it’s back! (Oh! It is also FREE. The book purchase is optional and the only expense involved)

Previous rounds have been based on George’s book, The Innovator’s Mindset, but this time there are 2 other incredible choices in addition to IM. No need to read all three…pick one to focus on.

The first choice is a brand new book released by IMpress (a division of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.) called Learner Centered Innovation by the brilliant Katie Martin. It takes a provocative look at how we can reshape schools to meet the needs of students in this complex and ever-changing world. Prepare to be challenged. Prepare to take a serious look at your current practice and be asked to reflect deeply about how it could improve. Prepare to walk away ready to, as the sub-title reads, “Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius.”

Your second choice(also from IMpress) is Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by A.J. Juliani and John Spencer. In a word…WOW. The inspiring message combined with the beautiful design features make for a masterful manifesto.

You simply can’t go wrong. All 3 books are incredible.

#IMMOOC starts on 2/26, so choose a book, get signed up HERE, and join the action. If you really want to up the impact…get some colleagues to join you and do it together!! There is nothing like an accountability partner to keep you on track!



P.S. Okay…whether you join #IMMOOC or not…I would love for you to read Katie’s new book. I know you will gain immeasurably by diving into her thoughts on how we can design schools and classes that empower students in meaningful ways. Pick up Learner Centered Innovation HERE


The Wild Card SMASHES records!

Sharing great news and sincere #gratitude

I am filled with gratitude for the support this community has shown our
messages and our authors. That’s why I had to share some amazing news…this past week has been a record-setting week for DBC Inc. with the runaway best-selling release of The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King of the Ron Clark Academy.

I have never seen anything like it…the buzz and early reviews have been insane.

It went into the top 10 new releases on Amazon…out of ALL BOOKS on their site!! It went to well under 100 in best selling books on their site and, again, that is out of ALL books…not just education.

At the same time, it went to under 50 in the best selling books on Barnes & Noble. Incredible!

If you enjoyed Teach Like a Pirate, you are going to LOVE this book. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up, we would be honored if you gave it a read.  You can get it on AMAZON RIGHT HERE or at BARNES & NOBLE RIGHT HERE.

I think you will be inspired by their story and walk away with a ton of useful ideas you can immediately implement in your classroom.

The Premise? Students don’t get to choose the cards they get in life. Every kid has to play the hand their dealt. But…you, as their teacher, can #BeTheWildCard!! Powerful message and filled with inspiration and hard-hitting teaching strategies to move you to the next level for your kids.

Thanks again for your support!! This community fills me with great hope for our profession. Keep fighting the good fight for kids!!


P.S. Please let us know what you think of The Wild Card when you get it and we would love to see a picture in the #BeTheWildCard and #tlap hashtags on Twitter!

Teach Like a PIRATE Sketchnotes

Celebrate World Sketchnote Day! #snday2018

Sketchnoting is a powerful way to visually and graphically document ideas. It improves retention, helps draw meaning, allows an opportunity for content to be processed in different ways, and…is also just plain fun.

In honor of World Sketchnote Day (#snday2018), I would love to share the amazing work of Monica Spillman from Rome, Georgia. Monica read Teach Like a PIRATE and then created 3 BEAUTIFUL sketchnotes…one for each section of the book. Enjoy!!

Here is her #tlap Part I Sketch:


Here is Part II:

And Part III:

Thank you, Monica!! Your work is AMAZING…I absolutely love how you have visually represented my book and I really appreciate your willingness to allow me to share these brilliant sketchnotes with the world.

Want to learn more about sketchnoting?

Here is a beginner’s guide video from sketchnote rockstar, Carrie Baughcum:


Still want more? Ditch That Textbook author and Ditch That Homework co-author, Matt Miller, wrote a blog titled, Sketchnoting 101, For Those With Little Artistic Talent. That would definitely describe me!!

Here is a sketch Matt did of the Teach Like a Pirate hooks:

Check out all the action on Thursday, 1/11/2018, in the #snday2018 hashtag and also in Monica’s and Carrie’s #PassTheSketchnote hashtag!

Have an amazing day! And, if you do, sketch it for us!



I’m a fan of the distinct style of Julie Woodard‘s sketchnotes, as well. Below are 2 examples from her. One she did for a Lead Like a PIRATE blog post on the 5 steps to lead change and one for Kids Deserve It on the 10 things kids deserve.