What is personalized learning?

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 groups of people,Continue reading “What is personalized learning?”

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

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.  Now, asContinue reading “Pandemic requires school systems to create at least 5 modes of schooling”

Reimagining High School for All

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 large suitcase!).  ThatContinue reading “Reimagining High School for All”

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

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.  For the pastContinue 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

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 of schools?  AltSchoolContinue reading “5 Lessons from the microschool experience to consider in the era of COVID-19”

6 Ideas to Promote Family Engagement During Distance Learning

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 conversations about distanceContinue reading “6 Ideas to Promote Family Engagement During Distance Learning”

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

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 result of theContinue reading “What is happening? Bringing the team back for the new school year”

The Ridiculousness of Seat Time Requirements

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 … We award ‘credit’Continue reading “The Ridiculousness of Seat Time Requirements”

Start with Strengths: Developing Agency through Learner Profiles

“If we want learners to drive their own experience, the development, design, and implementation of a data model must be focused on how learners can optimally access, own, and influence their outcomes” Learner-Centered Leadership, p. 106 We are just weeks away from the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.  Given recent events and increasing casesContinue reading “Start with Strengths: Developing Agency through Learner Profiles”

Shifting from Challenge to Possibility

This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on July 5, 2020. There are no shortage of challenges in our current context. COVID-19 positive tests are growing at a rapid clip and we are setting new records on a daily basis.  Experts are indicating that we are at least twelve months away from any type of vaccine. Continue reading “Shifting from Challenge to Possibility”