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Striking the Match: Cultivating Community for Empowered Learners

Explore and create
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Explore and create : Workshop

Saturday, June 22, 4:00–5:30 pm
Location: 115B

Dr. Jody Britten   Brooke Daniel   Dr. Susan Drumm   John Hochstetler  
Are you reimagining the way you "do school"? Learn how one community conceived, designed and implemented community-inspired change. Engage in strategies that resonate with parents, educators, government agencies, leaders, nonprofit partners, private industry and other organizations.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Community outreach
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
For Educators:
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Creating change in our educational systems is a complex endeavor. Over the past ten years we have witnessed first hand the power of "bringing your community along with you" so that they are a meaningful part of the change process. The purpose of the presentation is to share specific, proven strategies that actively engage community stakeholders in conversations, shared experiences, learning, and continuous dialogue around 21st Century digital learning (and most importantly developing students as empowered learners). Our practices have resulted in data sources, use of tools, access to relevant research, and a community network that spans prek-12. These practices have resulted in outreach to over 10,000 individuals that are stakeholders in preK-12 education. By tying all practices to student outcomes (specifically students as empowered learners) we have been able to advance understanding of model learning environments, and model learning experiences for students as 21st Century digital learners. We will ultimately share the story of our work and results of that work on parent knowledge and efficacy mindset, educator voice, and stakeholder understanding and support for educational change. All participants will leave with a documented starting point for cultivating community support around a new vision for empowered learning.


I. Introduction
- Community at a glance (student developed video)
II. Meet the Early Learning Alliance Network
- focus area
- purpose
III. Meet Your Community of Change Makers
- one minute raps (participation interactions)
IV. Advancing student learning experiences through a "change makers" philosophy
- igniting conversation
- sharing ownership
- community experiences (video exemplars, app exemplars, technology use exemplars)
V. Corner Conversations (participant interactions)
- Principals
- Advocates
- Educators
- Analytics
- District Leaders
- Parents/Families
VI. Theories of Change (group work)
- What is a theory of change?
- Why have a theory of change?
- Breakouts to develop theory of change
- Experience the change (videos and community feedback examples)
VII. Strike the Match
- Where to start
- Who to include
- How to include them
- Focus on equity and access
- Data to inform the process
VIII. What's next? (group work)
- Dream big
- Get it done
- Supportive community for a new vision of learning

Supporting research

Britten, J. (2018). Innovating as an educational leader, Metiri Group.
Britten, J. (2018). I really do not want your stale bread, ELAN Press.
Britten, J. (2017). Innovation, failure, leadership, and owning imperfections, Metiri Group.
Britten, J. (2017). The X learner and the Next Level, Metiri Group.
Britten, J. (2017). Teacher, can you tell us YOUR story? Metiri Group.
Britten, J. (2018). The question of pace in educational change. Metiri Group.
Britten, J. (2018). Can our champions cause more curious? Metiri Group.
Britten, J. (2017). Getting at the heart of the empowered learner. ISTE Blog.
Britten, J. (2016). 4 Myths of Empowered Learners in the Classroom, ISTE Blog.
Britten, J. (2017). Five research based components of learning environments to empower learners, Metiri Group.
Drumm, S. (2017). Parent perspectives of an elementary one-to-one initiative. Indiana University.
Dintersmith, T. (2018). What School Could Be.
McLeod, S. & Shareski, D. (2018). Different Schools for a Different World.
Geurin, G. (2017). Future Driven.
Socol, I, Ratcliff, C., Moran, P. (2018). Timeless Learning.
Donohue, C. (2017). Family engagement in the digital age.
Harvard Parenting Project (consultation and research)

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Dr. Jody Britten, The Metiri Group
Brooke Daniel, Hamilton Southeastern School Cooperation
Dr. Susan Drumm, Early Learning Alliance Network
John Hochstetler, Riverside Intermediate School

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