• DD 2022,  Leadership,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Exploring Agency & Personalization

    For the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside our county office’s Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation Unit, as well as some of our teachers, to better understand the principles of agency and personalization. As these are key elements of our district’s vision and mission, it is important to be able to articulate what those principles are, how they manifest in an elementary school classroom, and what impact they have on student learning.  To dive deeper in to these principles, I have been meeting with three teacher hubs to further explore the principles of agency and personalization. Hubs consist of a grade level team at a school site…

  • Leadership,  Teaching and Learning

    You Have To Find Ways Around Things

    I received this email from a colleague: In the mix of conferences… What if…. We completely reimagined what that looked like??? How would we make that change? It made me think about IDEO’s blog vignettes called “Thoughtless Acts.” Human-centered design requires us to observe human behavior with beginner’s eyes, so that we can spot the innate ways people interact with the world around them. We call these intuitive and unconscious reactions Thoughtless Acts. – IDEO A recent Thoughtless Act called “Going with Gravity” described an old woman leaning over her small wall to pick an herb because it was easier on her body than bending down, and then having to get back…