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Planning for School in a Post-Normal Era: Framing the Unknown

a collection of resources to inform thinking about the 2020-2021 school year...

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  • Teacher

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I have been wondering if more people -- students, parents, and teachers in particular -- should be planning and organizing for change, figuring out how to make their voices a bigger part of school redesigns that are already taking shape. Just offering up some resources to inform thinking here (see attachments).

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

testing because it is the foundation of this notion that learners should arrive at a specific outcome by a specific time... Todd Rose's book The End of Average is a great read on the topic.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

Hoping to get more voices involved in the redesign of schools moving forward.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

I moved to San Antonio, Texas almost a year ago after 25 years in Colorado (Denver + Colorado Springs)

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Yes!! It is so important that all stakeholder voices are included in making decisions around how education is changing. And while I haven't read the book, "The End of Average" is one of my favorites TedTalks! I really do wonder how schools are engaging different stakeholder groups especially in this time when a lot of people already feel like they're stretching themselves too thin with working at home.

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Hi Anya Smith-Roman  When I saw your twitter handle I was reminded of a blogpost I once read about a student being tired of being told that school is not about grades because school is structured to message that almost exclusively. Did you happen to write that blogpost? I may be confused...

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Paul Kim There's a good chance that was me! I do have a blog called The Life of Pinya and your description reminds me of a post I wrote called "Being Prepared for College" in response to a student comment made about thinking their school is sometimes "too untraditional and wished they had more busywork to better prepare for college." This conversation happened at an event with Education Reimagined, so if you saw the post because they re-tweeted it then I would say the odds are very high that I'm the blogger you're thinking of! And if I'm not, I'd love to read the post if you can find it again because I don't know of all that many student bloggers about education besides myself to be honest.

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Anya. I figured it out. Your Twitter handle is familiar because of Bo Adams who I know, along with Meg Cureton and others from Mount Vernon. I attended Fuse15...

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Ah-ha! Yes, that makes so much sense because your name also looked familiar but I couldn't figure out why if it was only that you read a blog post of mine. Love those guys! And Fuse15 was one of my favorite conferences I've been to and/or coached at!

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Paul Kim - your list of resources is AWESOME! Thank you for reading and researching and sharing! I've been feeling similarly and wonder how teams are currently forming and designing for school change. Are they including a range of voices? Have they effectively assessed student/parent/educator needs? Are they using a process for developing ideas?