What is Change.School?
Change.School is an online workshop/learning community for educational leaders who are serious about reimagining their schools and their personal practice to reflect the realities of the fast changing, networked world.
Who Created Change.School?
Founded and designed by long-time educator/consultants Bruce Dixon, Will Richardson, and Melissa Emler, Change.School is grounded in the belief that we learn by doing, and that modern technologies can amplify our learning through connection, collaboration, and reach.
How does it work?
Over an 8-week period, participants from around the world are coached to build their capacity to understand and lead change in their school communities via an intense inquiry-based process. We challenge traditional beliefs and systems of schooling, reflect deeply on the mission and vision of our work, contend with the barriers to change, and understand more deeply the new contexts for learning through modern innovations. Working with other leaders in our ongoing Change.School community, each participant creates a unique, comprehensive “playbook” for change that will guide the reimagination process in their schools moving forward. We develop strategies and plans for changing school culture, communicating with parents and community members, dealing with perpetual change, and embracing the future, among other topics.
In addition to discussions in our online community, participants learn through weekly live Zoom video sessions, pre-recorded videos, curated resources, personal coaching sessions, and small group projects. Online sessions will be held at times that maximize the potential for live discussion with participants, but Change.School may be completed totally asynchronously as all sessions will be archived.
Tuition for Cohort 1 of Change.School is $US795, and is open to a limited number of participants.
What are the important dates?
Change School 1-SOLD OUT!
March 14 – Enrollment Period Opens
March 24– Enrollment Closes
March 27 – Welcome to Change.School Virtual Meetup
March 29 -Cohort begins
May 17 – Cohort ends
Change School 2
March 24 – Enrollment Period Opens
May 26– Enrollment Closes
June 5 -Cohort begins
July 26 – Cohort ends
Next enrollment period opens in September
What do you mean by “serious?”
Current “change” efforts in schools are punctuated by layering technology on top of traditional practice in classrooms, isolated additions like “Genius Hour” or “Makerspaces,” or the use of words like “flipped” or “blended” or “personalized” to suggest a new approach to teaching. While we acknowledge the good intentions of most of these “innovations,” we believe that real change must begin at a much more foundational level, one which challenges long-standing narratives and systems of schooling. That’s where the truly serious work begins.
We ask “What change in schools can we create by putting together a group of courageous, committed, educational leaders to push that conversation to a higher level?” Maybe you’ll help us find out.
Can I get credit?
Currently, Change.School is not affiliated with a credit-granting institution.
Do I lose access to the community when the workshop ends?
As an alumni of Change.School, you will have lifetime access to our online community. You may also participate in future cohort activities to reflect on and refine your work.
What technology is required? What technology skills are necessary?
Participants can access and participate in community discussions via computer, tablet, or phone. (Yes, there’s an app for that.) Live sessions are more effective with a full-fledged computer and fast Internet connection.
Change.School does not require a sophisticated knowledge of technology. Tutorials will be available regarding access and participation in the community, tuning into Zoom sessions, and other tools as required.
How do I know if Change.School is for me?
We created Change.School to serve the fast-growing group of educational leaders who have become convinced that reimagination of schools is now required, but who are unsure as to how to best lead a reimagination effort in their districts. If you are concerned about the increasing gaps between learning in school and learning and living in a complex world of accelerating change, and you have the courage and commitment to bridge those gaps over time, we urge you to join us.
How can I change my school in eight weeks?
You can’t, and that is not our intent. Change.School is about building the capacity of our participants to do the long-term work of change with more focus, more depth, and more success once the workshop experience ends. (You certainly can start before the end of the workshop if you like.)
In the eight weeks you spend in Change.School here’s what you will change:
- how connected you are to other educational leaders who are engaged in high-bar change from around the world.
- the way you think about learning in your classrooms and schools.
- the lens of the world through which you make decisions for your students and teachers.
- the story you tell about learning in your schools and the way you tell it.
- the way you understand and prepare for the future.
- your ability to lead your school community through a complex process of change.
ever so slightly (or maybe ever so bigly), the direction of education.