As a parent, I struggle mightily trying to figure out what to teach my children. On the one hand, I really need them to follow certain rules—I need them to cross at crosswalks, to not drink and drive, to go to school, to be kind, and to assume the best in people. I really want them to follow other rules—put their shoes away, don’t leave dirty clothes on the floor…
My struggle is that rule-following is at odds with some of the most important skills children need to have heading into their lives as productive members of our global and digital society. Researcher Tony Wagner, of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, has identified the “7 Survival Skills” needed for modern engagement and none of them are “rule following.”
Like many organizations, LDC has a lexicon filled with unique vocabulary. Take a look at this list to dig into some terms that might be more-than-meets-the-eye!
Note: We are pleased to welcome guest blogger and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellow Katie McNelly from Van Siclen Community School in New York. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, she shares her school's experiences implementing LDC.
The LDC Community Spotlight is turning 1 this month! To commemorate this occasion, we've compiled our top stories from the last year. Also, stay tuned for a whole new newsletter next month—the Community Spotlight and Product Newsletter are joining forces to bring you an exciting, new take on all the latest LDC news!
Note: We are pleased to welcome guest blogger and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellow Jennifer Barry from PS 48 William Wordsworth in New York. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, she details her involvement and journey with LDC.
This month the LDC community of practice came together in a unique and wonderful way! SREB's College- and Career-Readiness Networking Conference in Nashville provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and states to share and articulate their expertise and results. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a strategic LDC partner that is engaged in helping districts across the country. This powerful gathering of practitioners over three days of learning sessions was a wonderful opportunity to see the many facets of LDC products come to life. This month’s newsletter provides a brief recap and link to each of these sessions, including those by our outstanding LDC Lead & Learn Fellows. Let’s keep the spirit of networking and sharing information going—we encourage you to check out a presentation or two!
LDC Leaders are emerging from across the country through Blended Foundations! This virtual course—designed to foster skills typically associated with leaders and coaches—provides a complete guide for any educator poised to support colleagues. Participants experience online coursework, collaborate via video conferencing, give and receive synchronous and asynchronous formative feedback, and become fluent in a host of additional mechanisms for hybrid or "flipped" teacher learning.