What

Getting Smart has long been in the business of connecting people. From advocacy and advisory, to partnering with outstanding organizations, schools and districts, we truly believe that people are at the center of learning and education. 

Our Smart Sprints are a virtual workshop/cohort hybrid experience that combines synchronous and design and asynchronous learning to identify an opportunity within education and help create next steps to begin to address the opportunity. Think of it as a pre-incubator workshop. 

Why

What you’ll get out of this experience

  • Increased capacity for thinking about and implementing the chosen topic.
  • Being a part of something bigger than yourself.
  • A new family of education transformation agents. 
  • A solidified next step for where to implement your learnings. 
  • Resources for digging deeper on the Smart Sprint theme.

Who

Who might want to be a part of this? 

  • People with a commitment to equity, anti-racist work.
  • People who know that just because things have always been a certain way, doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. 
  • People who believe in the framework of “Dream, Design, Deliver.” 
  • Those willing to lead from wherever they are in an organization or an institution. 
  • Learning out loud – vulnerability in sharing. 
  • Those who believe that multiple heads are better than one and that to make lasting change in education. We can’t do it alone. 
  • People who can lead when the answers are still in design.
  • People willing to commit a few hours/week to growing and learning together.

Upcoming Smart Sprints

Building a Shared Vision

January 24 – February 4, 2022

  • Developing your vision
  • Developing a shared vision
Designing Purposeful Learning Experiences Smart Sprint

Designing Purposeful Learning Experiences

Coming February 2022

  • What purposeful learning looks like
  • Personalized learning
  • Project-based learning 
  • Place-based learning
  • Coauthoring learning journeys 
Building High-Impact Learner Environments Smart Sprint

Building High-Impact Learner Environments

Coming March 2022

  • Emerging school models
  • Pilots and microschools
  • Power of place, power of ecosystems 
  • Design frames: new bundles, new bargains 
  • Investigating the future with small spaces
Transformational Leadership Smart Sprint

Transformational Leadership

Coming March/April 2022

  • Inclusive leadership 
  • Design thinking and entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Commitment to place and commitment to vision 
  • Balancing innovation, improvement and equity
  • Building and leading a team
Scaling Innovation in a System Smart Sprint

Scaling Innovation in a System

Coming April/May 2022

  • Distributed leadership and transformation structures
  • Network strategies  
  • Starting small, iterating fast
  • Scaling innovation across a network
  • Innovation and equity in school districts 
  • Resourcing innovation