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”

Five “how might we?” questions for educators during an ongoing crisis

Devin Vodicka As a Superintendent I learned to think about worst case scenarios. But I could not have predicted when the pandemic started that we would be where we are: part way through a second disrupted school year, facing the worst case counts to date, grappling with mounting evidence of the impact on learning lossContinue reading “Five “how might we?” questions for educators during an ongoing crisis”

The path ahead: How might we prepare now for year-round school?

Devin Vodicka Equitable access to meaningful learning is the way to build a brighter future.  Ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to achieve their potential is not only the ethical imperative of our time, it is the way to prepare for the era of accelerating change that is now upon us.  Empowering allContinue reading “The path ahead: How might we prepare now for year-round school?”

Navigating the New Normal: 3 Change Management Frameworks for Educational Leaders

Devin Vodicka Hierarchical systems are designed to create stability and order. During times of rapid change, information bottlenecks impede efficiencies and create stress throughout the organization. Simply put, hierarchies and bureaucratic systems were not designed for adaptation. Right now, during this global pandemic, it is a time of constant change and we must reimagine ourContinue reading “Navigating the New Normal: 3 Change Management Frameworks for Educational Leaders”

There has never been a better time for OER

Devin Vodicka I love the feature on my phone that brings up “On this day” photos and I was recently reminded that five years ago I was at the White House for the #GoOpen event, speaking with educational leaders from across the country about my excitement regarding Open Educational Resources (OER). Vista Unified School DistrictContinue reading “There has never been a better time for OER”

A Simple Framework for Setting School Goals During a Pandemic

Devin Vodicka For individuals, teams, and organizations it is always helpful to have clarity on where you are going, how you intend to get there, and how you will know if you are making progress. This need is particularly acute during times of great uncertainty. Now, seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, is definitely oneContinue reading “A Simple Framework for Setting School Goals During a Pandemic”

7 Blogs and Podcasts to Inspire Innovative Leadership

Devin Vodicka These are trying times.  The news headlines in a single day can be overwhelming.  New terms such as “doomscrolling” captures the essence of ongoing crisis conditions.  As the saying goes, “where your attention goes, energy flows.” And so I choose to be selective in where I focus my attention, knowing that I needContinue reading “7 Blogs and Podcasts to Inspire Innovative Leadership”

A rational appeal for more compassion

Devin Vodicka People that know me well would describe me as being an “even” person.  While we all have our ups and downs, I tend to have a fairly consistent disposition where I tend not to get too excited and I am not quick to be angered.  I’ve learned to take good care of myselfContinue reading “A rational appeal for more compassion”

Three questions every parent should be asking their school right now

Devin Vodicka Parents – you have been amazing through this pandemic. You’ve rolled with uncertainty, adjusted to unimaginable logistical complexity, and done your best to support learning at home. You’ve done it all while expressing empathy and support for teachers, principals and others trying their best to navigate the pandemic alongside them. I’m a parentContinue reading “Three questions every parent should be asking their school right now”

What is personalized learning?

Devin Vodicka Traditional learning versus personalized learning is the difference between riding on trains and driving a car. In a train system, the path is pre-established by the tracks that guide and constrain the journey. The departure and arrival times, along with the pace of travel, are also predefined. While efficient for moving large groupsContinue reading “What is personalized learning?”