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Aug 27 2013

B is for Blue Chairs

I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa almost 13 months ago to join the founding team of Spark Schools, Africa’s first blended learning school network.  This week, as we sign the lease on our second school building, start the interview process for our second staff, and open enrolment for our second student intake, I want to…

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Nov 16 2012

B is for Because

Stacey and Ryan, the co-founders of eAdvance, have begun asking staff members to present at our weekly meetings about the eAdvance story and our roles in it.  The following is my presentation from this morning. I met Stacey and Ryan on January 19, 2012.  They were two South Africans on a research trip to the…

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Oct 22 2012

B is for Burning Platform

On Saturday, I attended TedxSoweto, an independent TED conference focused on solutions to close the wealth gap in Africa.  Before I spend this post bemoaning the state of the South African education system, I want to take a moment to acknowledge how incredible it is that Soweto was the site of a conference affiliated with…

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Sep 12 2012

B is for Build

Five weeks ago, I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to join eAdvance as the Director of Development and Leadership.  It turns out that opening a primary school is an all-hands-on-deck sort of endeavor.  Yes, I do develop curriculum, design professional development sessions, and hire terrific faculty, but I am also responsible for a number of…

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