Thursday, June 25, 2015

VPA Leaders Conference, June 25 2015


Get Things Moving: Theory Into Action Steps
VPA Leaders Conference
Berlin, VT

"Schools are often cultures of 'add.' Initiatives pile on, one after another until people reach the breaking point and the core mission and values begin to drift. 'Time in schools' can be reclaimed to unlock innovation and even, yes, promote civility!"


We want to move things forward in schools... but we often think and do things the same way. Business goes on, as usual, and things don't change. Many innovative changes are often an 'add' and they struggle to maintain motion.



Here are five ways below to start changes in motion. It'll build collaborative time, creative time, promote socialization, and start to unlock traditional barriers to innovation.

They're simple. They don't cost anything. They create motion you can build on.


Summary notes:


1. School Schedule: Unlocking PD. Included, not added


2. Master Schedule: Understanding the 'Student perspective'


3. Choice Time / Day / Interdisciplinary projects: Interdisciplinary, connecting


4. Advisory: Done well, it has many positive ripples


5. School lunch! We can do better


I've been helping many schools explore these threads and how they relate to their special circumstances. Here are some other posts called 'What Are We Teaching and Why? that will help conjure some ideas and debates!




Let me know if I can help!

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