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March Madness – UPDATED 4/1/2010!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Updated 4/1/2010 after announcement of round one winners (Start with slide 15 for update.) I couldn’t help but notice how the current madness associated with the Race to the Top finalists and the Obama Administration’s blueprint for reauthorization of NCLB are analogous to the other madness associated with March. Don’t forget that the secretary of education was a basketball player. Thanks to information from the New York Times, Education Week, and my own thinking, I have a humorous (I hope) and factual take on the current status. Let me know what you think (

Click here to see Dr. Doug’s March Madness..

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My Christmas Present to You – A Free Chapter From My Book

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

In order to spread the word about how policymakers and corporate leaders are messing up education and what we can do, I published a book this year. I’ve been flattered by the positive feedback so if you haven’t read it yet it’s time to take a taste. Just scan the table of contents below and find your favorite topic. If you are having a hard time deciding, go for chapter 19 as it’s a topic I haven’t seen covered elsewhere. Thanks for your support.

Rocket Science Book

Here Is the Deal

  • Below are the chapter titles from my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex: What’s Wrong With Education and How to Fix Some of It. As my Christmas gift to you, I’m offering the introduction and a free chapter of your choice with no strings attached. Just select your favorite and send me an email with the chapter number to The chapters are all self-contained so they can be read in any order. If you like the free sample you can purchase the book in softcover or Kindle editions at Amazon. You can also read an executive summary on my blog.

Chapter Titles – Just Pick Your Favorite

  • 2. Education Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex
    3. How to Cheat on Standardized Tests and Not Get Caught
    4. Are You Smarter Than Bill Gates?
    5. Failing at the Business of School
    6.Achievement Gaps and Ethnic Groups
    7.The Drive to Fire Underperforming Teachers Will Not Improve Our Schools
    8. Special Education Shouldn’t Be Special
    9. If Gifted Lessons Are So Good, Why Can’t All Students Participate?
    10. Education Drugs: Learning on Steroids
    11. Kindergarten is the New 1st Grade
    12. Math Class: The Champ at Slowing Down the Fast Learners.
    13.Not Ready for College? Flunk Gym.
    14.Coding for Everyone? Are You Serious Mr. President?
    15. SAT’s for All? One More Bad Idea From the Political Elite
    16. Forging Strong Relationships With Students Should Be Top Of Your To Do List.
    17. Good Luck Learning a Foreign Language in American Schools?
    18.The Arts: One More Victim of Common Core Testing.
    19.Teachers/Parents: don’t run away from discussing porn.
    20. It’s Time For An Assessment Revolution: Give Students Access To The Internet
    In Exams And Scrap Traditional Grades.
    21. Why Would Anyone Let Their Kid Play Football or Anything Else?
    22. Bathrooms and Locker Rooms: A New Battlefield
    23. The Drive To Fire Underperforming Teachers Will Not Improve Our Schools
    24. If Education Is Going To Improve, We Must Work On Improving Initial
    Teacher Training
    25. Five Ways Hectically Busy School Leaders Can Stay On Track
    26. Think About How To Do It Right, Rather Than Doing It Over
    27. As A Teacher, It’s Important To Get Good At What You Don’t Like To Do
    28. A Word About Flipping Your Class
    29. Can We Save Opera? The Barriers to Digging the World’s Greatest Art Form
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NCLB Ethnic Groups are Stupid

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Current NCLB rules require schools to show progress for each of five approved ethnic groups in addition to kids who are poor regardless of ethnic group. I see these groups as somewhat arbitrary and I believe that keeping track of groups serves no real purpose and complicates our efforts. I believe that poverty is the one thing we should focus on. I hope you agree that the slideshow linked below helps make this case. It may take a minute or two to download as it is mostly pictures.

Click here to see my Diversity Slideshow .

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Nobody interviews for a living.

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Interviews are less predictive of job performance than work samples, job-knowledge tests, and peer ratings of past job performance. Even a simple intelligence test is dramatically more useful. This is according to Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. The article can be found in the January issue of Fast Company. ( They cite studies that show that the only thing interviews correlate with is the ability to interview. People who think they are good at judging people in interviews need to think again. A college transcript is based on four years of the cumulative evaluation of 20 to 40 professors. If you think you can do better after an interview, I admire your self-esteem but not your judgment. So what does an administrator do? Simple, watch someone teach. Better yet, get input from people you trust who have seen the person in action. They are more likely to see the real thing as anyone can turn it on when the boss walks through. Listen carefully for indications of teaching talent rather than superficial judgments like those you would gather during an interview.

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Should Educators Talk of The Bar or Your Bar?

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Should Education use The Bar or Your Bar?
by Douglas W. Green, EdD ©2012
Twitter: @DrDougGreen
Blog: HTTP://DrDougGreen.Com

Today I offer an original piece that takes on the folly educators indulge in when they talk about The Bar. I hope you enjoy it. Please share.

  • In education, we often hear talk about how we should raise the bar. The bar they speak of is a metaphor for the passing standards we set in schools as well as at state and national levels. This metaphor comes from the world of track and field where people who compete in the high jump or the pole vault try to jump over a pre set bar. What educational leaders and policy makers miss is while there is one bar that all players use, each athlete gets to decide where the bar will be set for their first try. Thus the commonly used metaphor of “the bar” breaks down because the geniuses who use it fail to notice that there is one bar but many different heights.
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So You Want to Be a Dr. When You Grow Up?

Monday, February 6th, 2012

I received a request for this post from Will Deyamport, III, who as @peoplegogy is one of my Twitter favorites. Hope you enjoy it. Also be sure to check his blog.

I find that have a number of Twitter friends out of 1500+ (as of this writing) involved in doctoral work or considering it. For educators contemplating this adventure, I offer the following guidance. If you find that you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to send an email to Doug@DrDougGreen.Com.

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Social Media for Learning and Connecting: Tips for Educators & Parents

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Welcome to Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, NY. This is a first rate school where I am presenting to the staff on the above topic. Here are my speaker notes with links so you can take advantage of my talk even though you didn’t attend. Like it or not, we swim in a sea of social media and so do the students we teach. While some schools block social media and don’t allow students to bring their own devices to school, others embrace the technology and are busy exploring how it can be used to enhance the learning experience for all. Today we will take a look at what the innovators are upto, and how some students and adults have used social media for negative purposes.

Professional Connections

  • Blogging: If you want some good reasons to blog yourself, start with my summary of Staff Sackstein’s book Blogging for Teachers: Writing for Professional Learning. Also check her blog as a great example of what a teacher can do.
  • Twitter and Twitter Chats: Twitter is a great way of engage in daily professional development and expand your personal learning network (PLN). Try following the #edchat hashtag at noon and 7 pm on Tuesdays.
  • For Twitter chats that match your interests here is the Education Chat Calendar.
  • Email/Blogging/Twitter/Facebook Advice: This is simple. Don’t post or email anything that you wouldn’t want anyone to see. This includes text, pictures, and videos. Also, don’t take pictures or make videos you wouldn’t want posted on the internet. Consider posting this on your classroom wall. If students and educators follow this advice they should stay out of trouble. Many have not. Also, don’t substitute email or text messages for situations that can benefit from face to face conversation.
  • Should you use social media to communicate with students and parents? Many educators do. I suggest that you use school accounts for this purpose.
  • Have you heard of Yik Yak? It’s allows you to make anonymous posts that anyone nearby can read. Check out this New York Times article Who Spewed That Abuse? Anonymous Yik Yak App Isn’t Telling. Are kids using Yik Yak on your campus?

Flipping Your Class/BYOD and 1:1 Programs

  • The idea behind flipping is that students watch direct instruction independently so that more class time can be devoted to individual or group work facilitated by the teacher. See my summary of Flip Your Classroom by Jonathan Bergmann and Arron Sams. You don’t have to flip everything at once, and you don’t have to make your own videos. To be effective, all students need access to your flipped video, which means they probably need their own device. Many schools have started issuing laptops or tablets. When each student has there own device in class, all students can be expected to participate.
  • How Flipped Learning is Growing – This is a pretty cool infographic that shows how flipping is catching on.
  • Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. Learn how Blended Learning Changes the Game. How much blended learning is happening in your school?
  • A popular notion is that students will learn better when they are working on subject matter the are interested in or passionate about. I see it as our job to help students find things that they are interested in. The best way to do that is to introduce them to a lot of things. Here are some sites your can use for that purpose. Free Technology for Teachers offers daily learning resources. lets you create your own daily newspaper. Here is a link to a recent issue or my paper. Digg.Com gives you all sorts of newsworthy and interesting stuff. Some content may a bit on the adult side but nothing graphic.


  • Be sure to tell students that Efforts to Harm Others Tend to be Self-Destructive. This applies to traditional bullying and cyber-bullying. Consider posting this on the wall. Also, cyber bullies are more likely to be caught and punished as they leave a trail to follow. Check this story about famous baseball player Curt Shilling as an example. I think the best way to reduce bullying is to help students understand that the bully may suffer more than the person being bullied.

Digital Footprints for Better or Worse

  • Let’s Google Getting in trouble with social media. This will change from time to time, but it is pretty easy to find students, teachers, administrators, politicians, police, military people, and just about anybody who screwed up using social media. Every student needs to do their own thinking as groupthink often results in stupid moves. The idea of failing and learning from your mistakes is getting a lot of press today in business and education journals. When it comes to making mistakes via social media posts, this is one area where you want to learn from the mistakes of others.
  • Students and teachers should understand that they have a digital footprint and work to make it look good. Start by Googling yourself. Here what happens when you Google Douglas W. Green, EdD and Dr. Doug Green. So far I’m pretty happy with my digital footprint. Schools and other organizations have digital footprints too. Be sure to check out those you are connected to. Also do searches on Youtube.

Don’t do anything you wouldn’t want to show up on YouTube

Sweden’s Cashless Economy: Pros & Cons – Great Student Debate Topic

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

The Björn Ultimatum: Two Men Fight Over Sweden’s Move to a Cashless Economy by Mallory Pickett covers both sides of the battle to get rid of cash altogether. This would be a good article for students to read and debate. As a Swedish-American who visits Swedish relatives regularly, I’ve seen a number of innovations like this that start there before being adopted in the US. @wired, May 2016 pp. 102-111.

You Rob Banks Because That’s Where the Money Is.

  • On April 13, 2013, a man walked into the Stockholm branch of Skandinaviska Enskilda Bankan and announced that “this is a robbery, I want cash.” The staff calmly explained that there was no cash on the premises. The robber was then pointed at a sign that read “This is a Cash-Free Location.” What the robber had not realized was that Sweden was at the forefront of a global economic shift to where cash is increasingly unnecessary and even unwanted. Americans are about half way as 46% of their transactions feature cash as credit card use and mobile payment options expand. Even with concerns about data breaches and identity theft, a world without cash seems inevitable, if not imminent.

In Sweden Tomorrow Happens Yesterday

  • With a population half the size of Los Angeles (10 Million) and a sophisticated IT structure, Sweden can pilot-test new developments, new systems, and new futures almost overnight. Ironically, 350 years ago it became the first country to issue paper money. Now it’s on its way to be the first to phase it out altogether. There are Swedes, however, that are fighting this trend. At the heart of this story are two men on opposite sides both named Björn. The first is Björn Ulvaeus, one of the B’s in the famous pop group named ABBA. He is also half the brains behind the Mama Mia franchise that has made him a very rich man. In 2008, his son’s residence was robbed. Ulvaeus knew that the stolen items would be sold somewhere for cash so he asked himself, “what if there wasn’t any paper money?”

Cash is Anonymous and Crime Requires Cash

  • The criminal economy depends on the anonymous, untraceable nature of cash. That explains why a lot of the cash in the world is unaccounted for. The World Banks estimate that about a third of the cash in most countries circulates underground. Take it away and thieves and drug dealers have no way to do business, and the shadow economy collapses. Ulvaeus has written widely on the subject and has gone so far to make the ABBA Museum in Stockholm a cash-free zone. As safe as Sweden is, it is always looking for ways to increase safety.

Just Swish It

  • About the same time the ABBA Museum opened, Swedish banks created the Swish mobile phone app. This lets ordinary people transfer money to each other by using their mobile phones. All you need is someone’s phone number. About half of the population is using it so far as are small businesses and even homeless people. Cash transactions fell from 40% in 2010 to 20% in 2014 and more than half of bank branches do not deal in cash. Bank robberies have fallen 70% during that timeframe. Muggings and robberies have dropped as there isn’t much incentive to rob a person or a business that doesn’t have any cash. Tax revenues are also soaring. Ulvaeus hopes other countries will follow Sweden’s example and imagines how great going cashless would be for countries like Greece.

Unexpected Consequences

  • A number of odd things have happened. There has been a claim of e-mugging, which happens when someone forces you to Swish them some money, which is easy to trace. Tourists picking up cash at the airport have complained about not being able to spend it. ATM vendors are getting so little business that they are removing many of them. People depositing cash where they still can are viewed with suspicion. Tellers question people with cash and this can be a problem for churches. Hacking is more of an issue than ever. There have been some issues, but nothing major yet.

Björn Number Two

  • On the opposite side of the cashless argument is Björn Eriksson, the former chief of Interpol. At 71, he is the same age as Björn Ulvaeus. He claims that the move to a cashless society is being pushed by the banks and credit card companies rather than the people. He is also concerned about corruption, deceit, and security risks. Cards and apps with their hidden fees make banks money whereas cash transactions do not. In fact, cash costs banks money as they have to count, handle, transport, guard, and count it again.

Swedish Nature

  • Swedes are not a cynical people. They like technology and trust their government and institutions. Most of them have been happy to renounce cash and for some, the changeover has hardly been noticeable. The seeming thoughtlessness of many Swedes concerns Eriksson. Last year he started Cash Uprising in order to save cash. His supporters are mostly rural, small businesses, and retirees. These are the people who find the disappearance of cash to be inconvenient. People who sell produce, for example, end up with cash their local back won’t take. When they drive to the nearest bank that does take cash, there are limits to what they can deposit at once. For some, the change happened so fast that they couldn’t plan for it.

The Downside of No Cash

  • Thanks to Eriksson, the Swedish parliament may vote on a bill to require banks to provide cash services and the head of Sweden’s central bank is on his side. The biggest losers in a cashless society would be the security guards that are hired to protect cash. There is also the issue that when you spend cash, you don’t have to give up personal information. Although muggings and thefts are down, identity theft has more than doubled, and this only counts the incidents reported to the police. Cyber criminals are more active and many consumers have yet to learn how to protect themselves. Eriksson believes that banks are hiding the fact that at this stage even they have lost a lot of money.

The US is Sort of Catching Up

  • High profile hacks of the magnetic strips on the back of credit cards at places like Target and Home Depot have resulted in American retailers switching to chip readers. The chips make transactions more secure and the Swedes have had them for more than a decade. When I was there in 2010 I couldn’t even buy gas for my cousin’s car as my card lacked a chip. When I returned in 2014 I made sure I had a chip, but getting it took some effort as my financial advisor didn’t even know what it was. The US version of Swish is also in the works, but it remains to be seen how it will be received. The US also has a ways to go in regard to consumer protection. For now, transactions in the US are stalled at about 50% cash. Don’t be surprised if many Americans cling to their cash with more tenacity than the typical Swede.

My Cousins Weigh In

  • Cousin Peter Stockholm (40’s): Lot’s of people are using Swish, both when it comes to transferring between private persons and for smaller cash transfers at markets, cafés, and events. Today we went to an event for kids and all payments (hot dogs, entrance fees, parking, etc) were possible to via Swish. Most smaller stores accept it and a most prefer it. Being Swedish means that you count on the government to take care of you. I like it a lot, it is very convenient and I never lack cash thanks to Swish. I am quite sure you need a population that blindly trusts the authorities. It would be harder for Greece. October last year we got new bills, 200 SEK, 50 SEK and 20 SEK. I still haven’t seen the 200 or the 50 so that’s how often I see cash these days.
  • Cousin Martin Borås Western Sweden (40’s): Everybody is using Swish here. It’s a great service that gained millions of users very fast. It’s very common if two friends lunch together, one paying the bill and the other “Swishes”‘ the debt. Swish is also used by all small sports clubs when selling candy, drinks, and hot dogs at games. In Norway, they have a similar service called Vipps.
  • Cousins Morgan and Kristina Borås retired (70’s): We use Swish as often we can. It’s a perfect way to pay for what we buy and also to transfer money to others. I think the banks like it too as they always try to earn/steal as much money they can. Unfortunately, some older people are not trusting Swish and still use paper money. I´m sure Swish will take over, but it takes a time to have some people accept it.


  • Ultimately, Sweden’s two Björns want the same thing: a safer society. They are not so much rivals and complements. Thanks to their efforts, the US can look to the Swedes for guidance. I have been traveling to Sweden periodically since 1980. Every time I go I see innovations that come to the US in time. In 2010 I helped my cousin take some items to the recycling center. I was amazed at how hi-tech it was along with the degree they expected ordinary people to sort and recycle just about everything. This month I helped my sister clean out her house, which required many trips to the local recycling center. What I saw was an operation that looked a lot like Sweden six years ago. Just like we need to look to places like Finland for innovations in education, we need to look to Sweden for innovations in just about anything. As a Swedish-American, I know my bias is showing, but at least you know where I’m coming from. Skål!
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Thanks Steve

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Today’s Twitter Feed was almost entirely devoted to Steve Jobs (1955-2011). See my Net Nuggets for quotes, videos, and leadership links associated with Steve. I bought my first Apple II+ in 1979, my first Mac in 1984, my 10th Mac in 2009, and my iPhone in 2011. It’s really a handheld Mac that can make phone calls. I wrote reviews of several Macintosh systems for InfoWorld in the 1980’s and was a speaker at several MacWorld conferences in Boston and SanFrancisco. Needless to say I have been a big fan for the last 33 years.

The last time I cried when a famous person died was when Jim Henson moved on to the afterlife. Two quotes associated with Steve guide my thinking. The first by Henry Ford is “If I asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” Somehow Steve knew what we wanted even if we didn’t. The second by Wayne Gretzky is “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it is.” Steve was that rare person who could see into the future and help us get there in a cool way. Thanks Steve.

Thanks to @ArtJonak for his idea of what the new Apple logo should be.

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The 1st Dr. Doug Green Free Education Resource Winners

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Dr Doug's Winners
I’ll be in Italy for the next 12 days. I’m not sure how many posts I will do while I’m gone so here is a rich post you can use for professional development in the meantime. These are the first winners of my Free Resources for Busy Educators and Parents Award. Congratulations! These sources will keep you busy and learning until I’m back on 9/24/2019. If you think I left a site out that belongs send me an email at Thanks and chio.

Teachthought on Twitter
Teachthought.Com – TeachThought is an idea and brand dedicated to innovation in K-12 education. This is pursued by growing teaching through thought leadership, professional development, resource curation, curriculum development, podcast publishing, and collaboration with organizations around the world. You could and should spend a lot of time here. @TeachThought

Mindshit on Twitter
KQED News – Mindshift – MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. They examine how learning is being affected by technology, discoveries about the brain, poverty, inequities, mindfulness, agency, social and emotional learning, assessments, game-based learning, and music. They report on shifts in how educators teach as they apply innovative ideas. @MindShiftKQED

Edutopia on Twitter
edutopia – George Lucas started this Foundation which is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. @edutopia

EdSurge on Twitter
EdSurge – Reports on the Future of Learning – EdSurge delivers insights and connects those exploring how technology can support equitable opportunities for all learners. @EdSurge

Social Media 2 Day on Twitter
Social Media Today offers news and a space to share, learn, and network with other digital marketing professionals from around the world. Anyone managing a school or district social media presence should spend time here on a regular bases. @socialmedia2day

Cult of Pedagogy on Twitter
Cult of Pedagogy is run by a team of people committed to making you more awesome in the classroom. Jennifer Gonzalez leads a team of educators that consistently gives high-quality resources. @cultofpedagogy

Getting Smart on Twitter
Getting Smart – This team of ten, lead by Tom Vander Ark, are solution designers. With backgrounds as educators, school administrators, business executives, and nonprofit leaders, our team has extensive experience in organization management, communication, and sales. @Getting_Smart

Richard Byrne on Twitter
Free Technology For Teachers – This is Richard Byrne’s blog, where he posts daily. He pioneered 1:1 education as a social studies teacher and now is an international speaker and multiple award winner. On this group he appears to be the only lone ranger. @rmbyrne

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