Cross Currents in Education: Waves and the Undertow

By Devin Vodicka We work with hundreds of schools across the country and in my conversations with others I am often asked what I am noticing as we interact with educators who are immersed in very different contexts.  Given all of the complexities of the pandemic, it has been very challenging to make any generalizationsContinue reading “Cross Currents in Education: Waves and the Undertow”

Networking and Learning Together: Celebrating a decade of Digital Promise

By Devin Vodicka This week I had the privilege of attending the League of Innovative Schools meeting in Washington DC.  It was one of the first in-person events that I have attended since the pandemic began and it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, share insights, and to celebrate the ten-year-anniversary of DigitalContinue reading “Networking and Learning Together: Celebrating a decade of Digital Promise”

From Research to Practice: How might we implement insights from the Science of Learning?

By Devin Vodicka This past week I had the opportunity to engage in two very interesting conversations about the Science of Learning through my involvement with the Global Science of Learning Education Network.  First was an engaging live chat with Glenn Whitman, a history teacher at St. Andrew’s where he also directs the Center forContinue reading “From Research to Practice: How might we implement insights from the Science of Learning?”

3 ways overwhelmed school administrators can create more time to lead

By Devin Vodicka There was a very clear theme in my conversations with school administrators this week: They are overwhelmed.  The context is ever-changing with rising COVID cases in many communities, floods in New York, fires in California, and severe staffing shortages that are affecting everything from substitute teachers to principals and district office administrators. Continue reading “3 ways overwhelmed school administrators can create more time to lead”

Systems have a profound influence and systems can change

By Devin Vodicka An excerpt from Learner-Centered Leadership “You have to come see this!” It was late July during the first month of my time as superintendent. The call was from Catina Hancock. She had just been named the interim principal at Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts after the previous principal unexpectedly resigned.Continue reading “Systems have a profound influence and systems can change”

Focus on the horizon: The dashboard is not the destination

By Devin Vodicka  I love my Toyota Prius.  In addition to feeling good about the fuel efficiency, the interior dashboard displays are customizable and they provide an array of visuals and numeric data that help me to understand how fast I am going, how much fuel I am using, and how efficiently I am driving. Continue reading “Focus on the horizon: The dashboard is not the destination”

New beginnings in two learner-centered communities

By Devin Vodicka As a sports fan, there is something about the start of a new season that breeds hope and possibility.  Every year the standings are reset and all teams go back to a uniform starting line.  In the offseason trades, draft picks, coaching and management changes inspire optimism about how the new teamContinue reading “New beginnings in two learner-centered communities”

Professional development should be learner-centered

By Devin Vodicka When I was new in my role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction one of my first projects was to organize the districtwide professional development days before the start of the school year.  I started planning in July for two days in August and quickly found that I could not secure enoughContinue reading “Professional development should be learner-centered”

3 Takeaways from the ASU-GSV Summit

By Devin Vodicka Last week I was fortunate to attend the ASU-GSV Summit in San Diego.  The conference tagline was “BC to AD” (Before Coronavirus, After Disease) and the gathering brought together educators, ed tech leaders, and funders with a futuristic lens.  For me, this was the first national conference that I’ve attended since COVIDContinue reading “3 Takeaways from the ASU-GSV Summit”

Lessons from Kentucky Deeper Learning Symposium to inspire a strong start to the school year

By Devin Vodicka It was an absolute thrill to attend and participate in the Deeper Learning Symposium in Kentucky last week in Louisville.  Most of the attendees were teachers from Jefferson County Public Schools and I was so impressed with their engagement and optimism throughout the event.  While it will be impossible to capture theContinue reading “Lessons from Kentucky Deeper Learning Symposium to inspire a strong start to the school year”