The power of listening to learners: Three important questions to ask right now

What’s working? What’s not working? What should we do differently? Devin Vodicka Listening to learners is at the heart of learner-centered education.  In my own experience, conducting student forums was a transformational experience as a superintendent.  More recently, as schools and systems have been adjusting to a variety of modes of schooling through the pandemic,Continue reading “The power of listening to learners: Three important questions to ask right now”

Evolving systems in a learner-centered paradigm

Devin Vodicka During the course of my educational career there have been many well-intended reforms designed to meet a wider range of student needs.  As a new teacher who received my credential through the Los Angeles Unified School District Intern program, I received an extensive amount of training on language development and early literacy.  SoonContinue reading “Evolving systems in a learner-centered paradigm”

Leading through the blurry neutral zone to create a bright Post-Pandemic era

Devin Vodicka One of my favorite frameworks to understand change is the Bridges Transition Model. Building on his background as a therapist, Bridges identifies three phases of change: the ending, the neutral zone, and the new beginning. Each of these phases is associated with emotions that frame, guide, and influence our context and individuals processContinue reading “Leading through the blurry neutral zone to create a bright Post-Pandemic era”

Using the Natural Planning Model to Improve Projects

Devin Vodicka In the chaos of a global pandemic, effective project management is more important than ever. As an organization, we are in the midst of managing a number of projects, including cross-functional projects that require collaboration and coordination across multiple teams.  As we are organizing, re-organizing, prioritizing, and re-prioritizing I am often drawn backContinue reading “Using the Natural Planning Model to Improve Projects”

Self-assessment is essential for meaningful engagement

Devin Vodicka Long before we had powerful mobile computing devices in our pockets, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi conducted a research project that used pager devices and randomly buzzed participants to find out what they were doing and to assess their emotional state.  Based on a massive data set, Csikszentmihalyi and his team were surprised to find outContinue reading “Self-assessment is essential for meaningful engagement”

Learner-Centered Metrics That Matter in the Pandemic (and Beyond)

Devin Vodicka At a time when our educational system has been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and systems are adapting and creating new models to support modifications to in-person learning, hybrid options, and distance learning solutions.  We are also seeing innovations with “pandemic pods” and a resurgence of interest in microschools.  Regardless ofContinue reading “Learner-Centered Metrics That Matter in the Pandemic (and Beyond)”

Different Pathways to Reforming High School

Devin Vodicka In 2012, Tony Wagner, then a Harvard Innovation Education Fellow, interviewed hundreds of CEOs to determine the skills that our youth would need to thrive in the future. He reported themes such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, adaptability, initiative, communication, and curiosity. This resonates with what I have heard over the course of moreContinue reading “Different Pathways to Reforming High School”

Rethinking Elementary Staffing to Create Flexible Options for All Students

Devin Vodicka As we near the halfway mark of the school year, conversations with school leaders continue to be focused on emerging options for schooling.  While many started the year in full-virtual mode, plans continue to be developed to shift to hybrid with an intention to get back to full-in-person at some point in theContinue reading “Rethinking Elementary Staffing to Create Flexible Options for All Students”

COVID 19 is accelerating the educational shift from compliance to agency

Devin Vodicka We have reached the point where students can literally turn down the volume on their teacher. The dynamics of education have clearly changed. If traditional, compliance-driven approaches worked to engage students before, they absolutely will not work during a global pandemic and they are not likely to be effective in the future whereContinue reading “COVID 19 is accelerating the educational shift from compliance to agency”

Listening To Our Learners

Devin Vodicka This past week the Association of California School Administrators published an interview with me in EdCal. This was an opportunity for me to reflect on our current context and to highlight some inspiring innovations that are emerging during the pandemic. As we approach the end of 2020, it also feels like a goodContinue reading “Listening To Our Learners”