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Have you noticed when you are working on a project or making a change in how you do things that there is always chaos before order kicks in? Let's keep that in mind this week. The sprint toward the end of the year seems chaotic (and oftentimes it is) but when the last day of school is over and the last graduate has accepted their diploma you will look back with a sense of accomplishment over what you have done this school year.

The end-of-year sprint is almost over!

Summer Project

I bet you are looking forward to the summer. Not only will you have a chance to relax a little bit, but you will also have some time to figure out what you need to learn to help reach your personal and professional goals.

As I think about the future, this learning framework came to mind. 

I am turning this idea into a school-year-long learning experience for anyone that is interested.

The learning experience will run through the entire school year. Participants will meet once a month. I am planning two field trips to Pittsburgh to tour their burgeoning AI, robotics, and space industry (that's the future part).

We then will meet through the winter to make sense of what we have learned about the future and how we can incorporate what we learned into our school. What are the ramification on curriculum, instruction, school schedules, etc. We will use principles of design thinking to brainstorm, ideate, practice, and iterate.

Everything will culminate with plans to implement pilot programs in the school based on what the participant has learned. participants will also create a "portrait of a learner" they can use to start conversations in their schools about the future.

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it's that schools must change and iterate quickly to meet the needs of society. This learning experience will help in that change.

I am always interested in what you want to learn in the upcoming year. What would you add to this learning experience? I look forward to hearing from you at
Learner-Centered Learning Paradigm Shift
Thanks for scrolling down this far in the newsletter. I came across this chart showing the paradigm shifts necessary to think about learner-centered leadership. 

The takeaway here is the word "networked". It is used multiple times to explain the shifts to learner-centered schools. Some questions for you.
  1. In your school setting, how can you take advantage of "networks?" 
  2. How can you create networks that don't exist?
  3. How will you strengthen networks?
  4. What strengths are in your community which allows for building powerful networks of learning?
  5. Who are two people/organizations that you need to connect with to start a "networked learning ecosystem?"
Book Of The Week
Hey<<First Name>>, thanks for sticking with me to the end of the newsletter! Here is a bonus for you...
Album of the Week
Zach Bryan is an "alternative country" singer who has a fabulous backstory. His latest album "American Heartbreak" is simply outstanding. Clocking in at 35 songs it is A LOT! Never mind the name of the album, the songs are full of hope and fun.

My favorite songs are
  1. Someday (Maggie's)
  2. If she wants a cowboy
  3. Open the gate
  4. Blue
  5. Ninth Cloud
You can find the album everywhere you stream music. Here is the Spotify link. 

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