Many of you have followed along on my trip around the country, and it would not have been as well articulated without the weekly video catch-ups with Bo Adams of Unboundary along the way. We did the final episode last Friday, unfortunately just as the news from Newton was coming out. But after a moment to reflect on that heartbreak, we wrapped up the last week of the trip, and spent a bit of time talking about next steps. In particular, I want to thank Bo for taking the time to merge the findings of this trip with carefully selected passages from my first book, The Falconer. That book was written over a period of almost a decade, and mostly well before any of us had heard or used the term “21st Century skills”. It is rewarding to see many of these ideas now viewed as best practice in schools around the country!
I am so happy and honored to have been asked to share my experience and the synthesis thereof with a number of national and regional educational organizations, as well as at TEDx Denver in March. As many as possible of those events will be active learning workshops so we leverage the brainpower in the room when we meet, and leave with creative, actionable ideas that will move us along this institutional arc of authentic, student-centered, relevant learning. Mixed in with those busy travel obligations I am working on the scaffold of my book. I have also been asked to help with the strategic visioning of the future of the Martin Institute, and you will hear a lot more about what I think will be exciting and, in fact, groundbreaking directions after the first of the year.
With this video we will put a wrap on the trip, but not on the journey. Thanks for following and sharing, and continuing to do so!