When Michael Crawford tells me I should meetup with someone, I arrange it with haste. :) So Robin Breault and I arranged to meet while she and Brooke McDonald were in Kansas City at the EShipSummit, hosted by Kauffman Foundation. Robin and Brooke are the founders of Lead Local, based in Arizona. During our hour together talking education and life, we connected on this crazy deep, spiritual level -- and it was AWESOME. We are following up, talking about future work/ideas. Robin and Brooke are the #realdeal. They know their stuff (design thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, global ed, and more) and they are passionate about it. Lead Local will take teams through non-traditional (outside the box compared to status quo PD) thinking/planning processes that result in action and culture shifts. Check out their website. They have a big team and detailed resources, stories, videos. They travel to you.Read More
In mid-May 2016, several of my fellow educators and I toured five innovative Bay Area schools. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that educators there understand the importance of finding new ways to engage and educate kids in an ever-changing, tech-focused world.
Innovation and learner agency–the idea that education is the vessel through which learners develop independent thinking skills–is a top priority of these Bay Area schools. The results of such prioritization shine bright in both kids and teachers.
Great Schools Tour: Observations that impacted my Thinking
Students and teachers worked together to write and set up learning around kids’ personalized vision and individual learning goals, and teachers autonomously crafting classroom design to fit kids’ needs and develop project-based learning.
Parents were accepted as leaders in the school’s education ecosystem and were welcome to drop by to help kids learn at any time.
Teachers and students ……