Archive for May, 2013

Virtual Book Club: Lean In…Let’s Begin!

May 22, 2013  |  4 Comments

Virtual Chat: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


Okay, I dove in, and I’m dying to share thoughts and read thoughts with you all about Sandberg’s theories on women in the workplace.   To be honest with you, I’m not sold on Sandberg yet.  But I’m wavering.  I do like this idea of leaning in, but it’s complicated, and when does Sandberg start talking about that?? (Disclaimer: I’m only on chapter 3).

Let’s start a comment thread to fuel the fire for our virtual chat here on Monday night at 8PM EST.  (Click on comments underneath the post’s title to see the thread and add comments).

Girl Power! (But what kind of power are we talking about?)

Here’s what’s running through my mind:

1) Sandberg claims that she does not advocate for all women having the same objectives, i.e. that it’s cool if some woman choose to go to work and that some women choose to stay home, saying “Some of the most important contributions to our world are made by caring for one person at a time.  We each have to chart our own unique course and define which goals fit our lives, values, and dreams.” (Sandberg 10).  However, she also claims that the only way for women to gain equal status with men is if women hold more positions of power.    She advocates for “ambition in any pursuit”.  Let’s keep it real Sheryl- those two ideas are dichotomous, and in my mind, they punch holes in your lean in theory. I question whether it’s possible for women to gain enough power in the world  to attain total equality with men given the biological drive women feel to stay home with their children, or spend time with their children.  The gap between men and women is the widest disparity in the world-it cuts through time, it cuts through culture.  Moreover, I question the idea and interpretation of “power” in our society, and wonder how attaining the power that Sandberg’s talking about will provide equality between men and women.

2) I love the connection between Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Sandberg’s Lean In: both profess how speaking up as a women in the workplace will laud you the title of “bitch” or that you are being “bossy”.  I work in a place full of women, and I still feel every time I speak up and am direct, people feel hurt or that I am being “bitchy”.  Sandberg says, “When a girl tries to lead, she is often labeled bossy. Boys are seldom called bossy because a boy taking the role of the boss does not surprise or offend” (19). I wonder how many other women feel like when they take the lead, they are judged negatively? Moreover, how can we as women support one another in these scenarios as opposed to pull each other down through gossip, or the expectation that we should receive emotional vindication at every meeting in the workplace?

Comment at your own pace!

In solidarity, Kass

Addendum: Let’s take two weeks to read this book.  It’s loaded! Can’t wait to comment throughout the weekend and chat on Monday via

Double Addendum: This is a friendly chat designed to provoke our thoughts and to grow and learn from one another.  We might think differently, but that’s the awesome part.

Principals Are People Too (A BYOD Primer)

The best (movie) educator that ever lived. I cant wait until I get a head full of grey hair so that I can start introducing myself as "Batman". Joe Clark would be all about BYOT.

Principals Are People Too (A BYOD Primer)

May 20, 2013  |  Teaching  |  2 Comments

Last week I hosted a roundtable for NYC area principals on the “Bring Your Own Device/Technology” movement. In short, it’s a pedagogical stance that invites kids to bring their devices to class so that they may be used to compliment learning. This classroom shift requires an institutional approach, and for many school leaders, districts, and parent groups this is new.

So many of the schools that I work with are innovative and forward thinking. The more I talk to principals, the more I realize that the question when it comes to BYOD or BYOT is not “if?” or “why?” but “HOW?”…

Your students (and parents) will love you when they see engagement and achievement go through the roof.

Your students (and parents) will love you when they see engagement and achievement go through the roof.

Here are some resources that have helped me to make the shift to BYOD/BYOT. I would love to hear how it has gone in your school communities.

– Corn

Virtual Book Club: Lean In

May 19, 2013  |  Culture, Family  |  27 Comments

So, I can’t pick up a piece of print or sift through my online reader without seeing the term lean in .  Screen shot 2013-05-19 at 9.52.58 PM

The NY Times calls lean in an idiom:

“Lean in” is the idiom of the moment for headline writers, the Twitterati and New Yorker cartoonists. Inevitably it has moved beyond mere shorthand for the ideas mapped out in Ms. Sandberg’s book, which urges women to assertively pursue career ambitions, “combine niceness with insistence” and demand that their partners share equally in child care. (NY TIMES MOTOKI 5/19/13).

The first time I saw lean in, I googled it, and got lots of flubbery internet mush. That was a few months ago, and Sheryl Sandberg’s name hadn’t been so fervently tagged to the term as it is now.   Months later, after skimming the surface on the internet, my interpretation of Leaning In is the idea that woman shouldn’t limit themselves-that we should summon our ambition yet retain all the sweetness that differentiates woman from man.

But my interpretation lacks conviction, so I want to read the actual book and talk to real people whom I like and respect to hear their ideas and perspectives too.

Herein likes the Virtual Book Club! Of course, we’ll start with Sandberg’s Lean In, but I hope to also read fun novels and juicy non fiction with you all as well.  Here’s the kick off plan:

1) I’ll serve as the moderator to start out with (we can switch roles if someone feels the desire to take care of all the online widgetry, but otherwise, I’m happy to be a permanent moderator).

2) I’ll put a few guiding questions on this site ( , and post the link on facebook.  I’ll probably do this by Thursday, May 23.  Respond to the questions via blog comments, and others can comment on your posts. This can happen throughout the week.  I’m thinking we could change books every 2-3 weeks.

3) On Monday nights at 8PM EST, we can have a livestream book club virtual chat via

Let me know if these logistics work for you.  I’m thrilled to weave  people from my life from so many different places into a virtual (and real life) connection! Technology=Togetherness!!

xoxo Kass