"Whatever the problems of the pandemic year, we must not pretend that our schools were 'all good, all safe, for every child."
Our BIG Question:
How can we use what we've learned in the past 18 months to rethink schooling?
As we begin to turn our attention to our third school year in the Coronavirus Era, we have an opportunity to imagine a different experience of school for children. It's a time to explore and to create, to wonder "what if?"
In this free 45-minute webinar, internationally recognized educators and authors Pam Moran and Ira Socol will discuss a process for thinking differently about school this fall. They'll touch on topics like how to:
- Engage young people with you in an active co-design process to change culture, learning, and space in your school
- Reimagine traditional school spaces into multiple redesigned and DIY settings that support community collaboration, creative production, and sharing of learning work that matters
- Purposely create and sustain a culture of equity and innovation to ensure that every young person knows their own voice, agency, and influence are valued and matter in their community.
- Innovate uses of time and schedules across the year and daily to create flexible, experiential, deep, place-based learning within school and surrounding communities.
Pam and Ira, authors of the book Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change School and veteran education change leaders in real schools, will share strategies - many with zero fiscal costs - that can redefine your spaces, your uses of time, and your school culture.
Why should YOU attend this Timeless Learning FREE Webinar?
Hear about schools that are already rethinking time and space
Learn how to think differently about the daily schedule.
Hear Pam and Ira discuss their work with schools
Become a part of a community of changemakers
About Pam Moran
Dr. Pam Moran, recently retired superintendent of thirteen years also has worked as a teacher, staff developer, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent. Currently, she also serves as the executive director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning. Pam was the 2010 president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and the 2016 Virginia Superintendent of the Year, one of four finalists for the national superintendent of the year. She authored articles and posts for Education Week, School Administrator, EdSurge, the Alliance for Excellent Education and has presented several Tedx Talks across the U.S. She is a coauthor with Ira Socol of Timeless Learning. She writes for numerous educational publications, blogs regularly, hangs out with amazing educators on twitter, posts mostly nature pics to Instagram, keynotes conferences, and has been featured in Tedx Talks across the country.
About Ira Socol
Ira Socol is a former Chief Technology and Innovation Officer in Virginia public schools. He has been recognized by the Center for Digital Education for its annual award to the nation’s 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. He is the author of numerous journal articles in national education and school architectural journals. During doctoral studies at Michigan State, he became a leading national expert in the use of accessibility technology and Universal Design for Learning where he also developed Toolbelt Theory, an equity technology lens for all learners. His education includes studio art, architecture, criminal justice and juvenile justice, assistive technologies, and educational leadership. He also co-authored the just released Timeless Learning with Pam Moran. Pam and Ira have keynoted and workshopped together at national and state conferences.
Sommer Jones serves as an instructional coach in Hopewell City Schools. She has been a key developer and collaborator with staff in the implementation of innovative approaches to teaching and learning that bring equity, deeper learning, and active engagement intentionally into laser focus to critically shift the culture of schools, particularly at the high school level. She passionately pursues creating inclusive school culture and deeper learning pathways that result in lasting legacies for all students.
Dr. Melody Hackney is a passionate, urban school superintendent dedicated to loving relationships, magical teaching, deeper learning and social justice for all of America’s students. She has served as a superintendent in both Hopewell City and Charlotte County, Virginia. She believes that learner-centered, active engagement is key to breaking down barriers of inequity and injustice and is leading collaboratively to change the way a community of educators, students, and parents think about time, culture, and relationships. She values play as essential in a learning community that is committed to social-emotional, health, wellness, and academic development. In Hopewell City Schools, educators are working to create a culture in which learning success is at its best when learners codesign what and how they will learn as well as how they can show authentic audiences what they have learned. Dr. Hackney is the 2021 Virginia Superintendent of the Year.