What if there was a way to change the learning experience for ALL learners, including our students, educators and school communities?
Every school leader wants to make a difference, but leading schools in the 21st century has never been more challenging. With shrinking budgets, increased expectations and accountability, and a fixed amount of time, keeping the learning agenda for students at the forefront has become increasingly difficult. But what about the learning agenda for our entire school community? What are the experiences that we want our teachers to be talking about in the staff room, our parents at the coffee shop, and our partner groups in our communities? While the research is clear that school leaders need to be lead learners that work along side of our teachers to empower them to make a difference for their students, designing and implementing effective professional learning, meaningful improvement plans, and memorable touch points for our community when they work with our schools can seem to be an impossible task within our busy days, current resources and structures in our schools.
You are right--you cannot do it alone. But what if there was a way to crowd-source the knowledge and passion of all of the "unexpected experts" in your school community (even those who we might have seen as 'resisters'?
Welcome to the world of Learner-Centered Design!
If you would like to be a leader who takes on challenges in your school WITH the learners in your community that not only lead to more innovative solutions, but bring people together, Learner-Centered Design is for you. Together, you and your community of learners can create
Work with Cale Birk and Charity Allen to use the repeatable, Learner-Centered Design Model and its practical support tools to:
APPRECIATE where your educators are, why they are there, and where they want to go;
ILLUSTRATE your vision of effective and research-based teacher learning;
IDEATE unique solutions that utilize and recombine your existing (not additional) resources;
ITERATE through authentic testing of your team's ideas with your educators, and;
PROLIFERATE your educator-tested solutions to other learning situations in your system.
Book your Learner Centered Design experience.
One of Cale's considerable strengths and arguably the reasons for his success, has been his ability to synthesize and articulate coherent leadership strategies from a diverse international resource base. Cale offers a real blend of knowledge founded in daily practice yet informed by eclectic leadership, international theory and contact. In my experience, schools frequently are compelled to choose between a weighing towards quality leadership practitioners or well versed theorists. Uniquely, Cale offers both."