Posts by Punya Mishra

An antique microphone

June 11, 2021 | | Learning Futures

What is the role of values and principles in educational leadership? What can we learn from inspirational educational leaders? How did they develop their moral/ethical compass, and more importantly, how do they bring these perspectives to the work that they do?

February 12, 2021 | | Design, Learning Futures

Danah Henriksen and I were recently invited to present a keynote (and conduct two workshops) on design thinking and STEAM education at the 2021 NV STEAM conference, organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and Desert Research Institute.

An abstract image of pencils, squares, charts, etc.

February 9, 2021 | | Learning Futures, Technology

ASU recently hosted, what is known as, the world’s largest scientific gathering, the annual conference of the American Association of the Advancement of Science.

A swirling bottomless pit of books

December 1, 2020 | | Learning Futures

In his book The child and the curriculum; and The school and society John Dewey identified four key impulses for learning that he placed at the foundation of the curriculum. The key education challenge, he argued, is to nurture these impulses for lifelong learning

A hotspot map of the world

November 20, 2020 | | Learning Futures

Last year I was in Israel to present at the Meital Conference. When I was there I was interviewed by Lior Detal, the education correspondent for TheMarker – which led to an article in the magazine.

Fostering system-level perspective taking when designing for change in educational systems

August 3, 2020 | | Design

Implementing large-scale changes within educational systems can be a challenging task. In this paper we argue that these efforts can be fruitfully seen as being an act of design that take place within a complex social system.

A picture of Herbert Spencer with his quote

July 27, 2020 | | Design

“What knowledge is of most worth?” is a question asked over a 100 years ago by the English philosopher, Herbert Spencer. His unequivocal answer was—science.

The 20th century created the idea of teenagers and retirement

July 17, 2020 | | Principled Innovation

The economist and thinker Andrew Scott once said something that blew me away. He said that: The 20th century created the idea of teenagers and retirement.

A blurry closeup of the word Flux

June 22, 2020 | | Learning Futures, Principled Innovation

The Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU has a new series called Us in Flux. Every two weeks they publish a (super-short) short story that explores “themes of community, collaboration, and collective imagination in response to transformative events.” They follow each story with a virtual conversation with the author and a guest.

From being to beoming

May 26, 2020 | | Design

It is rarely that I hear a talk that blows me away.

Digital calipers reading

May 18, 2020 | | Design

All of us involved in social design (and I include education in among those as well) ask ourselves, or are asked this question: How do we measure the impact of the work we do? This begs the question, why measure in the first place? Lord Kelvin, one of

Illustration of a man looking at children under a microscope

April 3, 2020 | | Principled Innovation

Mike Crowley has a guest post on the site titled: If we need to be right before we move. (If you haven’t read it, I recommend it strongly. Go ahead follow the link above. I’ll be waiting). [Pause] Welcome back. I

A house on the edge of a cliff

April 3, 2020 | | Principled Innovation

Is the COVID-19 crisis the tipping point for online learning?

March 5, 2020 | and | Design, Principled Innovation

This is the second of two posts on the topic of bringing principled innovation practices to designing learning futures.

Designing Learning Futures through Reflective Practice

March 4, 2020 | and | Design, Principled Innovation

This is the first of two posts on the topic of bringing principled innovation practices to designing learning futures.

The words Designing Theory rendered in wood

March 2, 2020 | | Design

Theory is of incredible importance to scholars and researchers. Theories allow us to understand, explain and predict phenomena in the world. That said it is often difficult to say just where theories come from.

Principled Innovation meets design

February 24, 2020 | | Design, Principled Innovation

Our college has embraced the idea of Principled Innovation as being a core value that informs everything we do.

Move intentionally and nurture things

February 19, 2020 | | Principled Innovation

Over the past few years I have struggled with some of the consequences of disruptive innovation and have come to distrust the jargon of creative destruction and disruption that has become the mantra of our time.

A rear view mirror with the words Looking Back at 2019

February 12, 2020 | | Learning Futures

We are a busy group here up on the 4th floor of the Farmer Educational Building—the space where the teams from the Office of Scholarship & Innovation and Principled Innovation hang out.

IDC Keynote cover

February 7, 2020 | | Design

Design is core to my identity, to who I am. Education is the space within which I function but I try to approach everything I do as a designer. This was not always the case.

Kids look at a large image of broken clocks

January 24, 2020 | | Design

I just came across a quote from Alan Kay while browsing the web. Alan Kay is a programmer, educator, jazz musician and one of the key inventors of computing as we know it today.

Hello 2020

January 6, 2020 | | Design

We have been creating short videos to welcome the new year since 2008. This year was no exception. These videos, created on a shoe-string budget, are usually typographical in nature with some kind of an optical illusion or AHA! moment built in.

A kid screaming into a microphone

December 19, 2019 | | Design

I love to talk about design and education. I like to hang out with people who care about design and education. This brings us to a website/blog created by a group of graduate students (and faculty) at the Teachers College that seeks to explore “design in all its richness.”

Principled Innovation meets design

November 7, 2019 | | Design, Principled Innovation

Quick summary: In which I disparage the buzzword “design thinking” even while praising the idea of design; point to the value-neutral nature of design and the need for a more principled approach, and end with a video that seeks to capture a vision of principled innovation embedded into the design process.

A smiley face with the words

September 13, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

This past Monday was a special. That evening I was at Manitas School in Kyrene school district for the ribbon-cutting of the new school model we have been working on for the past two years. An important part of the evening was the reveal of the name of

Paper Rubik's cubes hanging from the ceiling

August 9, 2019 | , , , , and | OofSI

Christina Ngo wrote a series of posts about her stint as a design strategist in OofSI. We thought it would be fitting that the Design Initiatives team respond in kind, by writing a post about her stay here and the impact it had on all of us—in ways small and large.

abstract image by Punya Mishra

August 5, 2019 | | Design

Anyone who works in the area of social design knows how important it is to develop a systems-oriented mindset and how difficult it is to do so.

Education by design

July 26, 2019 | | Design

One of the most exciting projects we have been involved with in the Office of Scholarship and Innovation (OofSI) has been our partnership with the Kyrene School District.

The Tel Aviv skyline

July 17, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

I just got back from a trip to Israel. I was invited by the MEITAL 2019 conference and the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. MEITAL is an organization of higher education institutions in Israel focusing on understanding and responding to local and global trends shaping the future of education.

flying dice

April 21, 2019 | | Design

The journey of design is complicated, filled with conundrums —some expected, others not so much. There are many possible strategies to address them as we iterate our way to the finish line.

A hand holding a burning smartphone

February 26, 2019 | | OofSI

Jill Castek, at the University of Arizona, invited me to participate in an NSF funded workshop on developing “Principles for the equitable design of STEM learning environments.

A hand holding a smartphone

February 14, 2019 | | OofSI

I was recently invited to present a Keynote at the Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MITE) 2019 Conference hosted by The University of Technology, Sydney.

A messy artists palette of paints

January 28, 2019 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

How might we? Three words, and a question mark. At one level it is a simple question—leaving open what it is that we might do. But at another level its openness is its strength. Because inherent within it is a call to action, a discomfort with the way things are, and an openness to change.

OofSI: the year that was

January 25, 2019 | | Learning Futures

Every December the Office of Scholarship & Innovation (OofSI) team looks back at the year that was, to document and reflect on all that we have done, as well as to plan for the future. This information is then put together in a report that captures


December 30, 2018 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

Since 2008 the Mishra/Sawai family has been creating short videos to welcome in the New Year. These videos, created on a shoe-string budget, are usually typographical in nature with some kind of an optical illusion or aha! moment built in. Check out our latest creation to welcome 2019 titled “Reflect”.

An old rusty typewriter

November 15, 2018 | | Scholarship

I had posted earlier about my visit to Bangalore back in summer to participate in the Quest 2 Learn Annual Summit organized by the Quest Alliance.

A blue drop and ripples

October 31, 2018 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

Most of the work that we do at the Office of Scholarship and Innovation at the  Teachers College is practical and pragmatic—working with school districts through our community design model, reimagining what university technology labs can be, supporting faculty in their research and scholarship.

Looking through a camera lens

October 9, 2018 | | Design

I had posted earlier about the work our Design Initiatives team is involved with at Miami Junior-Senior High School. Essentially the entire faculty and leadership at the school have taken on the challenge of re-imagining the 7/8 curriculum through an integrated historical lens.

Education by design

September 27, 2018 | | Design

I have been at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College for two years now (actually two years and a month, but who is counting). In many ways this has been an incredible two years, a period of personal and professional growth and an opportunity to truly engage with some of most difficult and challenging issues facing education today.

Toy blocks that spell

September 12, 2018 | | Learning Futures, OofSI

Goofing off between meetings, I scribbled one line, five syllables long, on one of the white-boards in our office space. Within a few minutes, lo and behold, was a lovely haiku.

Kids exhibiting projects at Quest 2 Learn

July 16, 2018 | | Design

I just got back from a lovely few days in Bangalore. I was there to participate in the Quest 2 Learn Annual Summit organized by the  Quest Alliance.

A table with a notebook, pencils and various school supplies.

May 13, 2018 | | Design

One of the most exciting parts of my job are the cool people I get to meet. Glen Lineberry is one of them. Glen is Principal at Miami Junior-Senior High School.

A hiker at sunrise or sunset.

March 3, 2018 | | Design

I was recently in Baltimore for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), with a team from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.