February: Join Us in Exploring Agility in Learning

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A new decade has dawned, and our recently published editorial calendar for 2020 is among the many changes we’re excited about at Getting Smart. We’ve divided each quarter of the year into overarching themes in order to guide our readers (and prospective writers) on a journey of exploration.

In the first quarter of 2020, we’re taking a closer look at where learning is happening. (Hint: this isn’t necessarily just about physical location.)

More specifically, in the upcoming month on the blog—February—we’re talking about agility.

  • We want to hear from educators and school leaders about the new and evolving learning models they’re employing, including their own iterative processes, lessons learned and any roadblocks with which they’re struggling.
  • Our team is curious about the approaches that are enabling instruction at an individualized pace. These may be tech-enabled or have old-school roots; for us, we’re just as interested in the concepts behind the approaches as we are in the recommended tools for their implementation.
  • We’d like to better understand the modes in which today’s students are most comfortable learning, including the kinds of spaces, delivery methods (such as hybrid and online programs), and curricular designs (competency-based education, personalized learning) that are producing the kind of educational environments where all kids can thrive.

Beyond this, we’d love to hear about the trends that our readers are seeing, including where learner-centered instruction is being initiated by educators, encouraged by emerging policies, or supported by regional or national organizations.

When considering this topic, what comes to mind for you? We recognize that ‘agility’ might not be a word many people easily associate with education, especially at the K-12 level; this is why we believe it’s important to highlight the ways in which instruction can be more flexible and responsive to the needs of today’s students. We look forward to hearing from you and to possibly sharing your perspective on our blog!

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