10 Characteristics of Professional Learning that Inspires Learner-Centered Innovation

Students need to grapple with problems and own their learning, and the same holds true for educators. The rally cries are clear: If you want to see learner-centered practices in the classroom, we need learner-centered professional learning. Educators are looking to develop skills, particularly in areas based on their own content area, skills, and goals. […]

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences  

Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in their own learning now, and throughout their lives. The critical shift is that “Learners are seen and known as wondrous, curious individuals with vast capabilities and limitless potential. This paradigm recognizes that learning is […]

Reframe the Problem to Create Better Solutions

I read this article, Are you Solving the Right Problems by Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg and thought about the implications for many “problems” in education.  The way we see the problem can prevent us from more effective solutions. Here is a great example of “The Slow Elevator Problem” and how reframing the problem can allow for the creation […]

The Evolving Role of the Teacher

Most educators in our schools and district offices have gone through their own education without the access and opportunities that exist today. To meet the needs of the learners in our classrooms today and align school with the world we live in, there is a need to embrace new mindsets about learning, along with new […]

The Risk of Prioritizing Compliance Over Creation

Currently I have a kitchen full of homemade gummy bears, a pumpkin about to be exploded with rubber bands, and a few bowls of things that I am not quite sure what they actually are. Almost every night my kids have some creation they are making and they ask regularly to do science experiments. While […]

If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why

I rarely meet teachers that are against doing what’s right for their students.  Typically, when teachers are resistant, their experiences, beliefs and expertise are not aligned  with (or there is a lack of understanding of) the desired changes in teaching and learning. This happens a lot when districts focus on “digital transformations” or other technology focused […]