I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ConnectEd 2017 conference this week, and certainly enjoyable to see so many wonderful people in my PLN face to face for conversations.
A personal highlight included the opportunity to present two different sessions with Jamie Reaburn Weir. In this post, I am sharing the resources we prepared for this Dell sponsored session which focused on setting a context for tackling barriers for change.
Note: This video was prepared from the Livestream archive.
The Saturday panel at Learn by Design, brought together panelists Colleen Broderic, Simon Jack, Gary Stager and Ewan McIntosh who tackled two key questions which face all education jurisdictions:
What are 3 things schools should stop doing now?
2. What are three things schools should start doing now to disrupt schooling?
With a talented panel such as this, you would anticipate insightful answers and comments. Conference participants were not disappointed. Some of the perspectives that resonated with me are summarized below.
Part 1: What are 3 things schools should stop doing now?
stop developing long term plans as it kills agility and iteration
stop expecting disruption if you are not going to cultivate the conditions to do so
always think about what to do next
stop teaching old style curriculum
school teaches about 1/billionth of the world knowledge, stop arguing about which 1/billionth
stop assuming we know how other people think
stop thinking you need to understand everything you are working on all the time, the price of not trying is greater
stop having too many meetings
Part 2: What are three things schools should start doing now to disrupt schooling?
,think about partnerships differently – engage students and parents as research partners – solve/change something collectively
list everything you are doing, then publicly remove things from the list
begin every decision with a child
don’t redesign schools by looking at schools, start looking elsewhere
storytelling, it is human, value who we are
embrace the joy of learning, happiness, laughter
plan a next
In my view, the comments, counters and exchange were insightful, thoughtful and respectful. Any one of these insights is a prompt to generate in depth probing and discussion.
Upon reflection, I would add self directed learning for staff and students into the mix.
My wondering is: What would you add to the this list? Anything missing? What is on your educational mind these days?
I enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to participate in and present at the inaugural Learn By Design conference hosted at the International School of Brussels. This was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed meeting so many fantastic educators and students.
I want to take a moment to introduce two new friends, Peter (centre) and Fred (left), who are undertaking an interesting project to provide real help to dogs with disabilities.
Last fall the Waterloo Region District School Board held their third Digital Learning Symposium. Each symposium has focused on sharing effective classroom practice, changing practice and promoting innovative practices.
The series of events has provided an opportunity for educators to come together, share, network and talk about next steps to pushing the envelope, building synergy and scaling change at the system level.
One of the strategies used at this recent symposium was to capture the best practices shared through video recording and create a WRDSB system blog to share the learnings and innovative approaches through other initiatives such as meetings of system leaders, school staff meetings and subject association sessions. It is important to keep the momentum of the change conversation going. This public blog also supports open learning for all educators.