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?”

Pandemic requires school systems to create at least 5 modes of schooling

Devin Vodicka My first concern when school was upended last spring was equity. As education moved online, it didn’t take an expert to recognize the dramatically divergent ways learners might experience fully remote learning. Schools were scrambling to address an array of challenges. My colleagues and educators across the country did the best they could. Continue reading “Pandemic requires school systems to create at least 5 modes of schooling”

Reimagining High School for All

Devin Vodicka My interest in modernizing the experience of high school students began when I was just nine years old.  My mother, a computer teacher at our local high school, was innovating with new technology resources like laser disks, hypercard, and very primitive portable computers like the Osborne (which was the size of a largeContinue reading “Reimagining High School for All”

Reopening school starts with reexamining why it exists in the first place

Devin Vodicka It was already past time for us to revisit the purpose of school. Now we are compelled to do so. In fact, the first step in reopening school this fall, in whatever form we can muster, is to take a step back and reconsider why we have school in the first place.  ForContinue reading “Reopening school starts with reexamining why it exists in the first place”

5 Lessons from the microschool experience to consider in the era of COVID-19

Devin Vodicka The microschool concept emerged in the past decade as a natural extension of the learner-centered movement. What was not to love about the idea of small-community embedded campuses that would make it much easier for educators to personalize learning, empower student agency, create purposefully diverse learning environments, and open up the walls ofContinue reading “5 Lessons from the microschool experience to consider in the era of COVID-19”

6 Ideas to Promote Family Engagement During Distance Learning

Devin Vodicka Last week I had several opportunities to connect on Zoom calls with educators across the country and we discussed the challenges and opportunities of this most unusual “back to school” season. Themes such as relationships and community-building, along with a natural orientation to using new tools and resources, were central in the conversationsContinue reading “6 Ideas to Promote Family Engagement During Distance Learning”

What is happening? Bringing the team back for the new school year

Devin Vodicka What is happening? Margaret Wheatley states that all leadership is dependent on our context and that the context is dependent on our relationships.  What is the state of our relationships and what is our context?  Many of us have been thinking deeply about these questions during the Coronavirus pandemic and as a resultContinue reading “What is happening? Bringing the team back for the new school year”

The Ridiculousness of Seat Time Requirements

Devin Vodicka In Learner-Centered Leadership I wrote: “Even more bewildering is the way that we allocate time to these courses.  Just about every high school in the US awards five credits for a ninety-hour course, and I have found very few educators who understand how we came to organize ourselves into this model … WeContinue reading “The Ridiculousness of Seat Time Requirements”