The Power of Educational Innovation
  • Edcamp Independent Schools is coming to San Francisco 2/27/16 by Liz Davis Jan 8, 2016
    If you are planning to be at NAIS in San Francisco this year (or will be in the Bay Area), don't miss Edcamp Independent Schools, a free edcamp experience directly following the NAIS Annual Conference (currently in its 4th year). This year we will...
  • Edcamp with Students - Finally! by Liz Davis Dec 5, 2015
    This Friday the middle school students at Synapse School (where I am the Assistant Head of School), participated in their first student lead #Edcamp. I have been trying to get an Edcamp for kids going at my schools since I discovered how empo...
  • Edcamp Foundation #GivingTuesday Campaign by Liz Davis Nov 27, 2015
    The Edcamp Foundation is organizing a campaign for #GivingTuesday, which will begin on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a day to encourage people to give to their favorite nonprofits, so they are hoping to connect with Edcamp...
  • The Way Education Should Be! by Liz Davis Nov 14, 2015
    In July of this year I started a new job. I am now the Assistant Head of School for Synapse School in Menlo Park, CA. The past few months have been a whirlwind of getting to know the school, the administration, the faculty and the kids. Synapse is...
  • Beginning Again - Reflections on Edcamp San Jose by Liz Davis Apr 27, 2015
    This weekend I helped to organize Edcamp San Jose, my first west-coast edcamp. Thanks to an amazing team of organizers, Travis Phelps, Diane Wharton, Mary Fran Lynch, Todd Feinberg and Matthew Cordes, and a great group of participants it was ...
  • We built it, but not many came... How do we reinvigorate Teachers Unplugged? by Liz Davis Mar 1, 2015
    This is the fourth year that I have helped to organize the Teachers Unplugged session at NAISAC. This is a participant driven session in which the attendees propose and vote on topics for discussion and then we sit at round tables and have tw...
  • 33 Great Ideas For Women In Leadership Positions by Liz Davis Feb 27, 2015
    I attended a great session today at the NAIS Conference (National Association of Independent Schools) titled: Engendering Leadership: How Independent Schools Support Successful Female Leaders. Thank you to Lindsay Koss, Pearl Kane...
  • #MARCHON in remembrance of Martin Luther King by Liz Davis Jan 16, 2015
    This week at our middle school we have done a number of things to celebrate and remember the upcoming MLK day on Monday. We started as a whole school learning a little about the history of both Martin Luther King and about non-violent protest in g...
  • Another Design Thinking PD Day for Faculty - Reimagining Creative Spaces at School by Liz Davis Dec 11, 2014
    Just before Thanksgiving break I led another full day Design Thinking workshop with my faculty. Our goal was to look at our campus and consider what we could do with our physical space to inspire creativity in ourselves and in our students. Becaus...
  • Using Design Thinking to Reimagine Back To School Night by Liz Davis Aug 6, 2014
    I am very excited to share that I have started my new job as Director of Curriculum at Keys School in Palo Alto. Over the summer the faculty read the book Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly. As a way to integrate their Design Thinking mode...