robdarrow.sittinginofficeThe thoughts expressed here are mine. Learn more about me on my website (RobDarrow.US).  These views have been incubated through various experiences during my 40 years in education serving in positions which included: K-8 teacher, school library media teacher at Alta Sierra Intermediate, coordinating school libraries,  project director for several federal Teaching American History grants , being principal of an online charter school in the Clovis Unified School District, and as Director of Member Services  for the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). My doctorate at CSU Fresno and my research regarding online charter schools in California further refined my learning as did teaching as an  adjunct professor in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (DPELFS) at Fresno State.

Currently, I work as Co-Founder of ForwarDirections College and Career Coaching, Educational Consultant and President of Online Learning Visions, and LGBT History Professional Learning, helping to implement California’s 2011 law, the FAIR Education Act.

More than all of the above, my millennial daughter (now age 27) and the various people I have met, read, or heard at conferences – both face to face and online – continue to provide new insights on the type of educational reform needed in America.

Read more about me on my website  or email me at RobDarrow at RobDarrow.US or follow me on Twitter @robdarrow.

32 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Marilyn Robertson November 18, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Hey Rob: I came back and got on Google Reader, got the account and some feeds, and am looking at the blog spaces now. So even a relative Luddite can learn new tricks.
    Thanks for all the wonderful work you do and for your generosity in sharing your talents!

  2. 2 Paul Cornies April 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Rob,
    Great site. I have bookmarked you. I am Paul C., a southern Ontario teacher at I began the meme: high school daze to praise. I hope you can visit my site and possibly respond. I noticed that Doug Johnson tagged you. Or you could comment on my site. Great meeting up with educators around the world.
    Paul C.

  3. 3 Kristi Mueller April 9, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Dear Rob,

    We are a team of graduate students studying innovation and change at the University of Minnesota who are researching how much influence teachers do, or do not have, with regard to decisions concerning teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment, and overall public education innovation. We are studying “forums” such as blogs, where people gather to share values. For a variety of reasons, we have been unable to find an easy conduit to initiate a discussion with teachers. As a result, we have turned to blogs, such as your own – an innovation in itself – to attempt to engage you in dialog.

    We have set up The Education Innovation Blog, as a place where we hope to gather your stories, thoughts and opinions on innovation and creativity in education – both what would benefit you as a teacher and what would benefit your students. The blog includes a link to a 10-minute survey that we have developed. We hope this survey will serve as a starting point for discussions. We would very much appreciate your taking the survey and sharing this request with as many of your colleagues as possible. If you find this survey/blog interesting, please post it on your blog so other teachers can see it. ALL SURVEY RESPONSES WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL! The survey will close as of April 30th, however the blog will remain active and results and discussion of this project will be posted there.

    Your postings to the blog will be public. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please post them to our e-mail address,, we will strip them of identifying information and post your remarks anonymously.
    If you have any questions, please e-mail us at Thank you, we hope you will choose to participate and assist us in our research!

    Ben Cashen, Mike Fink, Kristi Mueller, Jen Trochinski, Sarah Waldemar, Wendy Wustenberg, Kun Yang

  4. 4 Frank Guttler April 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    The American Film Institute proudly announces the launch of AFI ScreenNation™ – an online video sharing community for middle and high school students across America.

    AFI ScreenNation™ is a place where young filmmakers can share their work, receive recognition and compete for prizes in ongoing challenges. The topics of challenges will range from the power of friendship to global warming.

    AFI Screen Nation™ is designed to be a hub for all who support the creative use of digital filmmaking by young people: schools, school districts, teachers, film festivals, organizations and after-school clubs. As part of this program, AFI ScreenNation provides a showcase for the work of these organizations, their sites and festival competitions.
    Easy to join, easy to share and it’s free!

    Check out the AFI ScreenNation call for videos:

  5. 5 Patricia Donaghy May 14, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Hello Rob
    Just came across your blog and thought you might be interested in adding your blog details to the new International Edubloggers Directory at

  6. 6 Tom Nixon May 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Rob,

    I was excited to read about the online high school that Clovis Unified will be starting. I do not know if you are aware, but I have a website dedicated to that topic. Well, not to Clovis Unified, but to online high schools. It may be helpful to you to take a look.

  7. 8 Barbara Schreiber November 3, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Hello Rob:

    We appreciated your comments recently at Britannica’s “Brave New Classroom 2.0” forum and thought you might be interested in Dan Willingham’s latest post:

    “How NOT to Evaluate Teachers”:

    Your comments and insight are welcome on this post, too.

    All the best,

    Barbara Schreiber
    Britannica Blog
    Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

  8. 9 TNGEO March 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Ever hear of Lawrence Schoonover?

    I’m his great-nephew and have just released the second in what will eventually be nine historical novels in The Schoonover Collection. The first was Queen’s Cross, perhaps the most famous and successful biographical novel of Isabella of Castile, Spain’s greatest leader.

    His books were favorites among history students for a generation, and I’m releasing new editions, starting with that one. The next I released (just last month) was Gentle Infidel, about an Italian boy living in Turkey, taken by the Grand Turk as a Janissary, who fought during the siege of Constantinople.

    Let me know if you review books, and I’ll send you a review copy of Queen’s Cross. They’re available through Baker & Taylor, but I also sell them, and at discounts to educational institutions.

    Reply to my email and I;d love to tell you more.


    George Scott

  9. 10 Kelly September 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Rob,
    I was one of the teachers at the training you did in Green Bay this summer. You had a great chart of how technology is integrated into our schools, like the first step was it was simply a trade-off where kids type rather then hand write and the integration levels went up from there. Is there anyway I can get a copy of that? I think it would be helpful for a grad class I’m taking.

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  11. 12 David April 5, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Rob,

    I’ve noticed you have a blog concerning education. Would you consider posting the following opportunity on your blog?

    Splash! is a program that brings middle and high school students to Stanford’s campus for a weekend learning extravaganza. Students can choose from over 200 classes ranging from black holes and Chinese calligraphy to salsa dancing and Java programming. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, and other community members. Since most classes have no prerequisites, students can easily enroll in any class they are interested and then can enjoy the experience of learning at a world-class university.

    This upcoming Splash! will be held April 17-18, 2010 at Stanford University. Visit for more information about Splash! including registration details, direction to campus, and past course descriptions. Student registration will open on April 5. Cost is $40/student and $20/additional sibling. Financial aid is available.

    Splash! is run by the Educational Studies Program, a volunteer student organization at Stanford. Email, join our Facebook Fan Page, or follow us on Twitter for more information!

    We’re putting on this program at Stanford and it would be great if you could help up advertise it!

    Stanford Splash Planning Team

  12. 13 Annie Scott November 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Hello Rob. any news about the Minerets TEdX conference? I think it’s a great idea and would be willing to help. Let me know.
    Annie Scott

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