By Devin Vodicka This past week I had the opportunity to engage in two very interesting conversations about the Science of Learning through my involvement with the Global Science of Learning Education Network. First was an engaging live chat with Glenn Whitman, a history teacher at St. Andrew’s where he also directs the Center forContinue reading “From Research to Practice: How might we implement insights from the Science of Learning?”
By Devin Vodicka There was a very clear theme in my conversations with school administrators this week: They are overwhelmed. The context is ever-changing with rising COVID cases in many communities, floods in New York, fires in California, and severe staffing shortages that are affecting everything from substitute teachers to principals and district office administrators. Continue reading “3 ways overwhelmed school administrators can create more time to lead”
By Devin Vodicka An excerpt from Learner-Centered Leadership “You have to come see this!” It was late July during the first month of my time as superintendent. The call was from Catina Hancock. She had just been named the interim principal at Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts after the previous principal unexpectedly resigned.Continue reading “Systems have a profound influence and systems can change”
By Devin Vodicka I love my Toyota Prius. In addition to feeling good about the fuel efficiency, the interior dashboard displays are customizable and they provide an array of visuals and numeric data that help me to understand how fast I am going, how much fuel I am using, and how efficiently I am driving. Continue reading “Focus on the horizon: The dashboard is not the destination”
By Devin Vodicka As a sports fan, there is something about the start of a new season that breeds hope and possibility. Every year the standings are reset and all teams go back to a uniform starting line. In the offseason trades, draft picks, coaching and management changes inspire optimism about how the new teamContinue reading “New beginnings in two learner-centered communities”
By Devin Vodicka When I was new in my role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction one of my first projects was to organize the districtwide professional development days before the start of the school year. I started planning in July for two days in August and quickly found that I could not secure enoughContinue reading “Professional development should be learner-centered”
By Devin Vodicka Last week I was fortunate to attend the ASU-GSV Summit in San Diego. The conference tagline was “BC to AD” (Before Coronavirus, After Disease) and the gathering brought together educators, ed tech leaders, and funders with a futuristic lens. For me, this was the first national conference that I’ve attended since COVIDContinue reading “3 Takeaways from the ASU-GSV Summit”
By Devin Vodicka It was an absolute thrill to attend and participate in the Deeper Learning Symposium in Kentucky last week in Louisville. Most of the attendees were teachers from Jefferson County Public Schools and I was so impressed with their engagement and optimism throughout the event. While it will be impossible to capture theContinue reading “Lessons from Kentucky Deeper Learning Symposium to inspire a strong start to the school year”
By Devin Vodicka This week we celebrated the launch of Learner-Centered Collaborative by bringing our team together to meet in person for the first time since the pandemic. Reflecting our strong belief in the importance of relationships, our primary goal for the event was to build community and connections across our team. Thanks to theContinue reading “Building a learner-centered community: Four powerful team building activities”
By Devin Vodicka “When it’s time to change, we must look for bright spots — the first signs that things are working … We need to ask ourselves a question that sounds simple but is, in fact, deeply unnatural: What’s working and how can we do more of it?” Don’t solve problems – Copy successContinue reading “Bright Spots and New Learning Models”
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