Now Is the Time for Creative Disruption

Devin Vodicka This was originally posted to https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ on June 7, 2020. “Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges.” ― Margaret Wheatley The time is now. Like many others, I’ve been reading, sharing,Continue reading “Now Is the Time for Creative Disruption”

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”

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?”

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?”

Educational Leadership and Modern Assembly Lines

Devin Vodicka This post was originally published on https://learnercenteredleadership.blogspot.com/ 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”

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”