It was an extraordinary opportunity to attend the 2014 iNACOL Symposium. I was able to learn so much about competency-based education, personalized learning and blended instruction. Throughout this conference, one key them continued to arise – “change the mindset”. Session after session spoke about the need to change the mindset of teachers, of administrators, of parents, of community members and of policymakers. For our system to truly be transformed, each of these groups need to think differently about what is learning and how we develop a system that fully supports it.
Every group, that is, except students. Students were lauded as willing and able and excited to learn in a new system, a new ecosystem. Students are ready for this new system. From this international conference, and from my interactions back home, I know there are teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and policy makers already with mindset to change the system. In fact, they have not only the mind for it, they have the heart for it. They have the fire for it. And, with each day, we gain more skills for it.
From the WILL set to the SKILL set, we are ready. We need to be. My sons and daughters – and yours – need this transformed system of learning NOW.