Students today have more freedom, choice, and power over the "what," "when," "where," "how," and "with whom" of learning than ever in history.
Learning in the Modern World
In recent weeks, the value of standardized tests and traditional assessments have been questioned, and in many cases they've been canceled! How will we respond to this shift in priorities? How will we, as educators and school leaders, embrace this new freedom?
Can we now learn to prioritize a love of learning over achievement test scores?
Can we now design human-centered learning opportunities that connect students with others who share their passions and learning goals?
Can we now lead initiatives that focus on equity? On providing meaningful professional learning for our teachers and staff? That support the social-emotional needs of our communities?
Learning in the modern world is learning right now. We're in the modern world. We're living it.
Learning in the modern world means coming to terms with our current realities and rethinking and reprioritizing what our schools can be for kids. What they should be.
Are you ready to learn more?
Explore What's Possible
This is an unprecedented time in education. In schools. In learning. Educators all over the world are having to reimagine what learning could be - what it should be - given our world's current circumstances. Our leadership efforts are likely shrouded in clouds of confusion, doubt, and genuine wondering about what are the right things to do to support student learning.
At a time when students have more freedom and choice and power over the what, when, where, how, and with whom they learn, are your students taking an active part in all that is now possible? Are, we designers and leaders of learning, creating conditions for this to happen?
It's time to rethink how we allow students to connect to experts for deeper learning, to network with those who share their passions, and deeply engage in conversations and collaborations that allow them to better understand each other and their world. It's possible for your students to fall in love with learning.
During your 6-week school experience, you'll have the same opportunity your students now have. You'll connect with experts, network with others who share your passions, and engage in conversations and collaborations. Simply stated, you'll fall in love with learning again. We promise.
Together we can make a difference.
Join us in Change School LIVE
Let's create a school experience where all students and teachers are as excited about learning inside of school as they are outside of school. Change School teaches you the strategies and tools you need to move your classrooms into a more modern world of learning to help insure your students will thrive in the complex futures they are entering.
This isn't easy; change never is. But with our experienced coaches and a community of over 400 leaders worldwide engaged in the work to support you, we'll help you create a path forward that is relevant, coherent, and sustainable.
Is Change School LIVE right for you?
Change School isn’t for everyone–but it might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. You’re a perfect fit for our community (and will get the most from joining us) if you meet these criteria:
● You look for opportunities to grow professionally and you have a passion for learning.·
● You prioritize gathering diverse perspectives along with understanding the work of others who are pushing the boundaries of what school could be.
● You’ve been looking for a place where you can engage in meaningful professional conversations about topics that many others shy away from.
● You’re happy to get out of your comfort zone, and engage in the excitement of exploring what’s now possible.
● You value honesty, transparency, and the opportunity to challenge traditional assumptions about school.
If that describes you, then we ‘d love to have you join us in Change School Live! which launches on September 30th .
Change School is a Game Changer
Change School LIVE is an 8-week online, inquiry-driven, interactive experience that will push your thinking and your practice, and leave you with a unique plan to allow your school to explore what’s now possible for your students, your staff, your colleagues and your wider community. You'll have access to:
You belong here.
Participants in Change School include teachers, instructional coaches, leadership mentors, principals, superintendents, Board and Council members as well as district staff and consultants from a range of disciplines.
Some of our past Change Schoolers are in their 20s, others are in their 60s. Some work with colleagues one-on-one, others serve thousands. One of the strengths of Change School is the diversity of experience and perspective you can draw on whenever you want support.
Change School was life-changing for Nicole Bottomley as you'll see in this video.
Kim Moritz Superintendent, Springville-Griffith School District (NY)
Anthony Edwards Superintendent, Peel School Board, Toronto ON
Lucio Padilla, Jr. Dir. of Instructional Technology, Calexico (CA)
A closer look at Change School LIVE
Defining "High-Bar" Change in Schools
Framing the Inquiry
Starting your Playbook
Exploring Dispositions for Change
How do kids learn most powerfully and deeply and what does real learning look like?
Identifying your own beliefs
Creating common language
Developing a culture of learning
Building a Common Language for Change
Creating Change Cultures
Schools That Change
Creating a Modern Mission and Vision
Building a Common Language
Creating and Implementing Prototypes
Transparency in Practice
Finding Your Changemakers
Painting a Compelling Picture of Learning
Audiences for Change
Modern Marketing and Public Relations
Measuring Your Impact
Building Capacity for Ongoing Change
From "Playbook" to Process
Keys to Sustaining Change
Living and Learning in Perpetual Beta
Staying Focused on What Matters
Growing Your Networks
Change School Connections
How much time does Change School require?
Our members tell us that to get the most out of Change School Live!, expect to spend 3-5 hours a week during the 8-week sprint. Two hours in live, synchronous virtual video calls, and another two to three hours consuming and responding to the content in our online, asynchronous community.
The more live sessions you attend, the more you will get out of Change School. However, if you have a vacation scheduled or a board meeting to attend, it's okay! All live sessions are recorded and shared in the community. There are no grades and no seat time requirements.
Focus sessions: Each Monday at 8PM EST we set up the Focus topic for the week in a Live Zoom video session. We record each Focus session for those who can’t make it.
Group coaching sessions: In these online Zoom calls, you can ask questions, share insights, and get to know your fellow Change Schoolers. We offer coaching calls too. Times for the coaching calls will be determined by the cohort. We recommend you make time for one coaching call each week, and if your schedule allows, join us for more.
- 8 In-Depth Course Modules
- 24 Online Coaching Sessions
- Individual and Small Group Coaching
- Unique Change School Planner
- LIfetime Access to Future Change School Cohorts
- Global Change School Community
Our team is uniquely positioned to lead your journey.
First, we are educators. We have a combined 90+ years experience in the classroom and as principals, supervisors, and technology specialists. Second, we are leaders when it comes to the intersection of learning, schooling, and technology. Collectively, we have published seven books and dozens of articles in leading journals and newspapers, and challenged thousands of educators around the world via our keynotes and presentations. And, more than anything, we are learners, too.
We are so confident that your experience with us will be worth your time, and we appreciate your devotion to building your own change process so much. If, at the end of Change School, you participated and disagree, we will refund your money in full. All we ask is that you share your completed playbook with us, so we know that you gave it your best shot.