10 Things Educators Should Do
- Focus your learning: pick a topic to learn about, build a learning plan, read a few education bloggers every day.
- Broaden your learning: pick something new to learn about every year.
- Blend your learning: encourage your school to use a platform like Bloomboard to connect you to online professional development opportunities.
- Do some hands on learning: sign up for or create a maker experience (see 4 steps from Gayle Allen).
- Do some work-based learning: visit and, if possible, work in a couple different work environments particularly places that embrace an innovation mindset.
- Reflect on your learning: join online professional learning communities and learn with and from others. See if you can write 50 probing questions (or read John Hardison’s).
- Portfolio your learning: chronicle your professional development (see Vanderbilt summary)
- Share your learning: write a weekly blog about what you are learning, share your portfolio artifacts.
- Support peer learning: sign up to mentor a new teacher.
- Extend your impact: lead a grade span team, teach a class online, pilot another extended reach strategy (see OpportunityCulture).
10 Things Mayors Should Do Now
- Expanding access to high quality early learning experiences.
- Help create or appoint a ‘harbormaster’ to coordinate and support metro educational improvement and innovation.
- Work with providers to increase broadband access for low income families.
- Encourage businesses to provide work-based learning experiences.
- Encourage an innovation mindset at city hall and in city partnerships.
- Host community conversations about workforce requirements and new learning options.
- Encourage providers to use a single application (like New Orleans); encourage colleges to offer dual enrollment courses; encourage expanded access to job training.
- Sponsor youth entrepreneurship programs in school, after school, and during the summer.
- Sponsor a community leadership development program.
- Work with the state to ease barriers to business formation.
10 Things Businesses Leaders Should Do Now
- Make learning a priority for your employees.
- Encourage employees to make learning a priority for their family; give parents flexibility to be involved in their children’s education.
- Help sponsor the transition to next gen learning in your community with a donation, project management support, advocacy, or training.
- Sponsor and lead a community leader field trip to innovative schools (see 35 High Schools Worth Visiting and 38 K-8 Schools Worth Visiting).
- Provide work-based learning experiences including projects, job shadows and internships.
- Help parents and students understand the new world of work by hosting or support community conversations about workforce requirements;
- Use your position to advance next gen learning in your community and state.
- Mentor and tutor students who need extra help.
- Help kids do some hands on learning by sponsoring maker, robotics, coding, DIY, or scouting activities.
- Become an advisor for a community college degree program.
Featured image: community leaders in El Paso moving forward together. Tom is a director at Bloomboard.