How Might New Schools Expand Opportunities for All Learners?

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on 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 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?”

How Might We Create Learner-Centered Report Cards?

Devin Vodicka How might we create learner-centered report cards? Report cards are one of the practices that has been so embedded in our industrial-era, factory-model of schools that we seldom stop to ask why we do them. Through the course of my experience as a school leader, it has become clear that stepping back toContinue reading “How Might We Create Learner-Centered Report Cards?”

Educational Leadership and Modern Assembly Lines

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on on January 26, 2020. At the beginning of the industrial era, American schools were re-designed to align with the needs of the emerging workforce and economy.  As a result, education became mass produced and our systems and structures in many ways resembled the principles of industrialContinue reading “Educational Leadership and Modern Assembly Lines”

An Evaluation of Risk

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on on January 19, 2020. People make hundreds of decisions every day.  For teachers and for school leaders, there are consequences to these decisions in terms of their effect on children.  We also form habits as a way to simplify decision-making where many of our choices areContinue reading “An Evaluation of Risk”

3 Essential Components for District Transformation

Devin Vodicka Learner-centered leadership begins with an orientation to relational trust.  It is through our interactions that we serve others and promote ongoing learning and development.  With that said, we also know that the work of transforming a school district requires a multi-faceted approach.  Here are the three essential components to achieve dramatic change acrossContinue reading “3 Essential Components for District Transformation”

Assessment Implications of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Devin Vodicka The television series “Breaking Bad” features a teacher-turned-drug-dealer who creates an alter-ego character named Heisenberg.  For many, that would be their first association with the title of this post.  To be clear, what follows will reference the work of the German physicist Werner Heisenberg and not the Bryan Cranston character.   The physicist HeisenbergContinue reading “Assessment Implications of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle”

The Four Elements of Trust

Devin Vodicka Relationships are at the heart of leading and learning. As school leaders, we know this from intuition and experience. It is also clear that relationships require trust.  Research reveals that there are four elements of relational trust: consistency, compassion, competence, and communication.  Consistency is equated to predictability — in any interaction there is a degreeContinue reading “The Four Elements of Trust”