This summer presents educators across North America with a level of uncertainty unlike most any other period in recent memory. One thing is clear--any return to school this fall must prioritize safety above all else. But how? A key tool in your tool box for a safe return is space utilization.
Our weekly, virtual collaboration has explored how we can use this time to move towards learner-centered transformation. We have had the opportunity to host an array of powerful speakers, including Yong Zhao, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Suzie Boss, Student Voice, Emily Liebtag, Tom Vander Ark, and Ewan McIntosh. The weekly keynotes
Emily and participants offered that at its core, the fundamental changes should include learning that is owned by students, includes real world relevance, is co-designed with students, and is connected to relationships to people in the classroom and far beyond. Emily challenged participants to reimagine the places of learning. Child
Tom Vander Ark brought this time of disruption and rapid change into focus as he shared his wisdom on the Power of Place. He reminded all of us that place-based education can truly be as simple as attending to the world around us. Tom provided a framework for the power
Suzie Boss is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. She is a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty and a long-time contributor to Edutopia. She has worked around the globe to support schools that are shifting
Zhao has been recognized as one of the most influential education scholars. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books. Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and