At Getting Smart we’ve long been interested in the question of “what if…?” Part of this is our perpetual curiosity about what’s next in learning, our knack for identifying the intersections between education and other sectors and also our belief in the power of the act of dreaming.
We have created the “What if?” newsletter and campaign in order to invite other edleaders, educators and learners in the space to engage with us around the topic of what could be. This is our own version of “How might we…?”
When our CEO, Tom Vander Ark, was a Superintendent, he would regularly ask students “what if?” questions or have them create questions of their own. In his last year as Superintendent, elementary students in his district created a book for him full of “what if?” questions and illustrations. The “what if?” image on our newsletter and at the top of this post was the cover of that book.