If any of you still don’t follow my friend and colleague Bo Adams, just do it. Bo and I presented a session at #NAISAC14, and for part of it I felt like the proud god-parent at a new child’s baptism. Bo introduced us to work he and others are doing at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta via the rising Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation. In the audience jaws were dropping and people muttering “Wow; how can we do THIS at our schools!” Bo is so far ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of the critical step of mapping vision to pedagogy to outcomes…what he calls pedagogical master planning. Here are a few examples, in their baby stages, of the kind of observations and data they are collecting to really amplify what and how we teach:
What does your classroom assessment look like? How do the teachers at your school collaborate to ensure they are maximizing learning? How might you incorporate instructional rounds and new self-studies of the learning space to truly shift ownership of learning from the teacher to the student? I can’t wait to watch this unfold more!