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
Over 130 participants welcomed Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs as the keynote for the week of April 2. Dr. Jacobs is founder and president of the Curriculum Designers Group. Her models on curriculum mapping and design have been featured in her eleven books and are the basis for software solutions used
Adapting to new innovative spaces and new ways of learning can be a daunting task for teachers and administrators. Even after a long planning and design process to define both the new curriculum and how the spaces will be used. Read about how one school community expanded learning together.
In this podcast by EdNorth.org, Randy explores his vision about the future of learning and education environments.
Pathfinders are small-scale, relatively inexpensive prototypes of the kind of innovative, flexible learning environments envisioned for the future of the school. Learn about how these projects are being used for a whole-school transformation.