A New Way Forward … Together

Devin Vodicka This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on May 3, 2020. Last week a coalition of partners organized a free, online summit called “A New Way Forward.”  Our organization, Altitude Learning, partnered with Boundless, Design 39 Campus, Education Reimagined, Getting Smart, and Big Picture Learning to put on the event.  Using social media, a few emails, and word of mouth, closeContinue reading “A New Way Forward … Together”

Learner-Centered Leadership Book Launch!

This post was originally published to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on April 26, 2020. I am honored and humbled to share that my first book, Learner-Centered Leadership, launched this past week.  Copied below is the text from the back cover of the book which was written before COVID-19.  While I never anticipated that we would be in the midstContinue reading “Learner-Centered Leadership Book Launch!”

Coronavirus and Learner-Centered Leadership

This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on April 18, 2020. In a few days my first book, Learner-Centered Leadership, will be published.  I hear stories about how other authors have worked in a zen-like state where elegant prose effortlessly flowed through the writer into the manuscript.  That wasn’t my experience at all.  I struggled, nearlyContinue reading “Coronavirus and Learner-Centered Leadership”

3 Urgent Systemic Shifts to Better Serve Learners

This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on April 5, 2020. Almost two decades ago I wrote a paper on key shifts to move from mechanical, industrial-age education to a more biological, information-age approach.  While I had no idea that we would now be radically redesigning education during a global pandemic, it was clear that rapid changesContinue reading “3 Urgent Systemic Shifts to Better Serve Learners”

Check-In Checklist

This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on March 29, 2020. While we continue this mass effort to provide at-home, 100% remote learning options for now more than 50 million students in the US, our instructional models must adapt to the circumstances.  While we can mourn the many, many hardships and disadvantages of school closures,Continue reading “Check-In Checklist”

How Might We Reimagine Master Schedules During Coronavirus Quarantine?

This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on March 21, 2020. Yesterday I had the privilege of connecting with educators across the country who are part of the Altitude Learning partnership network.  It is clear that as a broad educational community, we are still very much in the early phases of adjusting and adapting to CoronavirusContinue reading “How Might We Reimagine Master Schedules During Coronavirus Quarantine?”

Unprecedented Times: 3 Suggestions for School Leaders

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published at https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on March 14, 2020. Hard to believe but it was almost three years ago that I transitioned from Superintendent to my current role.  As an administrator, I have dealt with fires, power outages, earthquakes, excessive heatwaves, a school shooting, and a host of challenges.  With thatContinue reading “Unprecedented Times: 3 Suggestions for School Leaders”

Context Matters: Maple Syrup, Mass Transit, and Meaningful Learning

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on March 7, 2020. I was visiting schools in Vermont and had the opportunity to observe an inspiring, engaging, relevant, and meaningful program that they had developed.  Students at one of the local high schools were engaged in all aspects of producing maple syrup and then marketing andContinue reading “Context Matters: Maple Syrup, Mass Transit, and Meaningful Learning”

How Might New Schools Expand Opportunities for All Learners?

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on March 1, 2020. This past week I had the privilege of joining a convening with America Succeeds to discuss Agile Education.  It was a fantastic day that included school visits, time at Microsoft, and a visit to Teague to learn about interdisciplinary design.  One of the moments that struck meContinue reading “How Might New Schools Expand Opportunities for All Learners?”

Are we on the verge of a learner-centered paradigm?

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on February 22, 2020. One of my all-time favorite books is The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn (originally published in 1962).  In this text, Kuhn analyzes the history and evolution of new paradigms, including the Copernican revolution and Dalton’s atomic theory.  He finds interesting commonalities thatContinue reading “Are we on the verge of a learner-centered paradigm?”