What you’ll find here, in this post, is a quick resource pack for the fun work that @GrantLichtman and I were fortunate to do with NYSAIS – the New York State Association of Independent Schools. We were at Mohonk Mountain House for the annual Assistant Heads and Division Heads conference, and the group of educational leaders focused on Time, Space, and Curriculum in educational transformation and innovative schooling.
- Bo & Grant’s facilitator scratchpad and switchboard (Google doc with intended learning arc and links to resources and slidedecks).
- Jim Tiffin’s (@JimTiffinJr) Storify – in three parts – archiving some of the pre-conference buzz, ideas from the keynote address on Wednesday night, sessions on Thursday and Friday, etc. In the keynote, Grant and I focused on “priming the pump” for how schools can utilize and amplify human curiosity and lessons of innovation to (r)evolutionize time, space, and curriculum use in schools. Thursday and Friday, we dove deeper into those ideas with workshop formats and facilitation.
- Jim Tiffin’s visual notes from the keynote Wednesday night. THANKS, Jim!
- And Grant “signed me up” for an impromptu Twitter meet-up lesson at 2:45-ish on Thursday! Love that NYSAIS spontaneously used some “unconference” thinking to enlist what learners wanted and needed…and created a spontaneous session. I so enjoyed using a lot of “yes, and…” improvisational format to mine the experience among those who attended this flash-mob session when they could’ve been hiking and playing around Mohonk in different ways. It was a fun session sharing insights from one of the most powerful professional learning tools I use!
- Jenny Kirsch’s blog-post reflection from NYSAISahdh. Thanks, @MsJennyKirsch!
I just took a few minutes to poke through these resources, and wow, not surprisingly, I am excited to learn and hear more! I second the Lunch and Learn…I’d be there:) Thanks, Bo, for sharing.
Meg…I mean, C-Dawg. Thanks for your encouragement and curiosity and support. You’d have loved Edith Ackermann tonight talking of experience-based learning. I’m happy to meet up with you and Jenny to exchange some great mutual learning with each other. I assure you, I learn as much from talking and creating with you and Jenny as I could possibly share with you two.
This looks interesting and I am sure it will be successful and inspirational. I look forward to hearing about what other schools are doing, particularly as it relates to innovative and student-driven curriculums. I wonder if the topic of class schedules and transdisciplinary studies will come up??? How are you going to share all of this? I’m sure you will blog but I hope you can make an oral delivery to teachers at MVPS, at the very least do a Lunch and Learn next week.
Jenny, today in one of our sessions, a participant asked me to riff on the ways to build #Synergy-style learning into the history classroom. Thanks to you and your creative implementation of PBL and DT, I was able to share some powerful examples that you generated and used with our middle schoolers.
Schedules are definitely a big topic here. However, Grant and I are trying to model process that empowers school communities to build those solutions themselves based on what it is they are trying to generate by way of deep learning. And there are a number of progressive schools in the mix that have strong experience in transdisciplinary education. The School of Columbia being one.
And thanks for your strong support and encouragement – I so appreciate that. I’d love to lunch and learn with you and Meg. I always learn so much with you.