Intensive, interactive, interesting workshops that will push your thinking and your practice.
Learn what's possible for classrooms and schools in the modern world!
About Modern Learners Labs
Modern Learners Labs are intensive, interactive, and interesting one and two-day workshops designed to push your thinking and your practice to help you see what's possible for classrooms and schools in the modern world. Facilitated by the experienced, passionate team at Modern Learners, our Labs are small in number by design, but they are big on practical strategies for today's most important educational opportunities and challenges.
For additional information, please email Bruce Dixon.
Modern Learners Lab Topics
Leading Schools That Learn: Building Culture Through Inquiry and Agency
Seymour Papert famously said "the only competitive skill is knowing how to learn." To make sure every one of our students develops as a powerful learner, we need school cultures that model and nurture what powerful learning looks like in the modern world.
With the right focus and a bit of patience, culture change can happen more quickly than most leaders imagine. And that shift, in a word, moves schools from cultures focused on teaching to cultures focused on learning... for everyone.
What Really Matters? Reimagining Assessment for Modern Learning
If we don't assess what we value, we will end up valuing what we assess. Assessments have always been a powerful driver of practice and our definitions of school "success." The world of education has become data driven to the extent that reputations of individuals and institutions rise and fall on our ability to quantify what happens in our classrooms.
But now that the modern world is privileging learning over knowing, what's easily quantifiable has less and less currency. The focus of assessment is shifting to skills and dispositions, those that are required to learn powerfully in a world abundant with knowledge, teachers, and technologies.
A World of Modern Learning: Reimagining Schools and Classrooms for the Networked World
There is no doubt this is a challenging time to be an educational leader, an inspiring time to be a teacher, and an exciting time to be a learner. This new globally connected world has revealed learning opportunities that far exceed anything we might have believed was ever possible. Yet so many of those opportunities remain unrealized.
How can we capture the impact, optimism, and opportunity these changes are bringing to our lives and make them an integral part of what our young people do in our schools? This is one of those rare moments in time when we can choose to either seize the opportunity to forge new learning pathways for our modern learners or waste their precious time hanging on to existing practice. There is surely not a moment to lose.
Who should attend our Modern Learners Lab?
- School superintendents, principals, and headmasters thinking seriously about change in their schools
- School board members or trustees supporting change initiatives
- Teachers seeking leadership roles in schools
- Education consultants working on change 'projects