This young Self-preneur is discovering his unique superpowers as he navigates his own learning pathway to improving his world in some way. He enjoys challenging learning experiences and engaging opportunities to solve real problems while developing his mind, heart, body, and soul. He explores many potential career pathways through engaging projects with real-time feedback and support from his personal coach team; adults and peers who enjoy supporting his passions and talents and watching him learn to fly on his own - unleashing his creative capacities to benefit us all - his family, community, state, country, and world.
This diagram (above) describes the emerging education system of Finland by 2020 - where schools will no longer have subject-based classes. Instead students will learn through Phenomenon-based projects with clear learning tasks and content material incorporated into broad, interdisciplinary, real-world themes.
Sample Phenomenon that students will study include hurricanes, poverty, electric cars, water, war, etc.
This Phenomenon-based Learning paradigm is an evolution of project-based learning to be more comprehensive and integrative across subjects while applying to real and meaningful challenges that deeply engage students in studying and solving complex problems.
In the diagram, note the primacy of the learning PROCESS over the CONTENT of the curriculum. This learning process is very dynamic, based on proven learning science, and driven by each learner. While the components of the squares and circles are provided by multiple specialist teachers as each student is ready for and needs those learning resources, the process itself is highly responsive and individualized to the pace and competence-building needs and goals of each learner and group of learners at every step of the learning process.
How support Personalized Phenomenon-based Learning?
In the edPORTAL diagram on the right, the edHUB component on the bottom of the circle is the key to empowering students and educators to successfully transition to personalized phenomenon-based learning.
The edHUB platform is envisioned to first support the transition to project-based learning by subjects and then progress to fully phenomenon-based learning in several ways;
- competency goals and assessments for learners across the preK-20+ continuum
- personalized learning platform to enable each student to progress to their individual plan through competencies, projects, and phenomenon
- project and phenomenon database of themes, topics, and resources for teachers to architect and support students through their investigations and competency-building.
- curated best practices and content learning materials
The edNET program (upper left of edPORTAL diagram) would connect students to community experts, mentors, agencies, and professionals who are involved with the topics and themes they are investigating. This will allow students to truly DRIVE their own learning and career path development as they engage with adults to help solve real and meaningful problems and challenges in their emerging areas of interest and passion.
The clcHUB (upper right of edPortal diagram) will be the foundation of building effective edHUB and edNET programs.
A major element of the clcHUB now in development is the Collaborative Learning Nevada (CLN) platform to support educator personalized development and collaborative learning and planning by school sites, regions, and state-wide.
CLN will empower educators and school leaders to engage in continuous collaborative action research and planning to progressively make the transition to fully student-driven, competency-based progression with personalized phenomenon-based modules.
As entire Innovation Zone Communities are empowered to collaborate together through the CLN platform and edPORTAL, they will be unleashed to envision, plan for, incubate, disseminate and advocate for the systemic innovations necessary - including policy and resource allocation changes - that will enable rapid scaling of innovation for systemic change and transformation that can unleash 21st Century life-long learning for all members of every community across Nevada.
EIC is working to support Nevada's education system innovation and transformation in several ways;
- Build COLLABORATION through a Collaborative Learning Nevada networking platform that supports all stakeholders to engage in research and development of our next generation education system.
- Incubate INNOVATION through nurturing Innovation Zone Communities committed to leading the way with systemic, integrative planning and development to successfully demonstrate the future.
- Support community networks of ADVOCATES to participate in and ensure success of the above. Whole communities that stand-behind and participate in the iterative systemic changes needed - providing time, talent, and resources to unsure the success of the leading edge educators, school leaders, parents, employers, and policy-makers who seek to support every single student with world-class learning experiences to thrive.
EIC's mission and strategic plan for catalyzing innovation of Nevada's education system arises in large part from our experiences writing the XQ Super School semi-finalist winning grant in 2016.
The XQ Institute has captured the best practices and lessons learned from winners of the XQ grant and produced this informative guide for states in moving toward next generation teaching and learning systems:
High School and the Future of Work; A Guide for State Policymakers, by the XQ Institute.
EIC's primary initiative to build upon this wisdom is through proposing a Resolution for Education Innovation for Nevada's 2019 lawmakers to consider.
The purpose and end-goal of the Resolution is to establish and support Innovation Zones Communities (IZC) in Nevada that will collaboratively develop a preK-20+ deep personalized learning ecosystem. The IZC would also be responsible for developing resources that would facilitate ALL communities across the state to transition to student-powered 21st century learning communities.
How will IZCs help all of Nevada to transition to the future?
Innovators build an edPORTAL to 21st Century Learning for ALL
We envision an edPORTAL platform that supports the iterative research and development of Personalized Learning Ecosystems by communities across the state. These PLE's will be POWERED BY STUDENTS (driving their own learning) who are EMPOWERED by educators, schools, employers, and whole communities.
This edPORTAL platform would support the grass-roots collaborative learning and local implementation of next generation teaching and learning best practices across each community's PreK-20+ system of education. The platform would enable and empower each community to quickly learn from the experiences of IZC change leaders - leveraging from their research and lessons learned - in order to quickly adopt, adapt, and transition to personalized learning plans for all students in ways that best address the unique needs of their students, parents, teachers, leaders, and employers.
Yet every community would share the end goal and vision for the purpose of education: To unleash each individual's greatest learning and development potential through stimulating natural curiosity and inner drive and motivation to solve problems and inquire into the unknown.
The beauty and magic of the edPORTAL vision is that young people will be allowed, encouraged, and supported to spread their wings to explore their passions and interests through real world experiences that develop their unique talents and gifts to contribute to their communities. They will have this autonomy to play into their potential along with plenty of time to engage with their peers while receiving coaching and mentoring from caring adults as needed - along with strong curricular scaffolding to succeed rapidly, with joy, along their individualized pathway to their optimal first career.
The edPORTAL Ecosystem will provide students, teachers, counselors, parents, mentors, and community members with bountiful opportunities to virtually collaborate with each other and with students around learning experiences - free of time and space constraints. Students benefit from just-in-time feedback, assessment, support, and dialogue to accelerate their learning cycle and deepen learning.
This ecosystem supports an organic human growth and development model that replaces the production line factory model of education we've been using for the last 100 years. The old model batch-processes kids through a one-size-fits all conveyor belt curriculum that moves them together by student age, in year-long chunks, based on time spent in school and in isolated subject courses in middle and high school. Students progress to a new year, a new school or graduate from high school based on time spent sitting in classes where they score a composite Grade Point Average of D or more. This system means that students can and are consistently promoted and graduated every year who may only know or demonstrate 70% of the course content requirements.
This system results in too many students having large gaps in knowledge and capacity to read, write, apply mathematical thinking, and understand physical and social science history and current concepts for being an effective employee and citizen today.
In contrast, the organic, humanistic model of learning provides the nurturing conditions (such as soil, water, and sun to plants) that enable each individual learner to flourish from their latent seed potential into the thriving unique adult they are meant to be. The kind of coaching and support that each young person receives will differ based on their learning needs and capacities as well as their personal interests, passions, curiosities, talents, gifts, and career ambitions.
In developmental psychology, we call this human process of exploring and growing into our unique potential as INDIVIDUATION. We know this holy grail has been achieved when a person demonstrates their capacity to independently learn, grow, develop, and manifest as a productive, self-directed citizen who contributes to their community and world.
For this process to work well for every young person, we need to collaborate as a community - providing a network of support - like an extended family - to each and every student when and as soon as they need it.
How do we do this? By re-creating the culture of a caring village. A village that raises every child, regardless of their background, to become thriving adults who uplift their families and our communities with their creativity, compassion, and leadership.
To create this village culture in large towns, cities, counties, and districts requires open collaboration among educators, parents, students, employers, service providers, and community members so that everyone is empowered to contribute their wisdom, talents, and gifts to the betterment of our students and communities.
By unleashing the synergistic power of our diverse perspectives, ideas, gifts, and experiences, our collaboration can generate the unstoppable vision and actions that create a world-class, continuously adapting Deep Learning Ecosystem that uplifts every young person to their self-preneur potential.
Please JOIN THE edPORTAL MOVEMENT!
We are always seeking pioneer educators and leaders to join Collaborative Learning Communities (CLC) with each other to research and pilot deep personalized learning practices including experiential project-based, technology enabled, community-engaged, competency-based approaches. Interested? Curious to learn more? COMMENT or JOIN US.
We seek parents to participate in Collaborative Learning Communities to share mutual challenges, questions and to offer your ideas and services to improve student learning - perhaps mentoring? We especially appreciate parents of students involved with new pilot programs to give feedback and help ensure the programs are supporting your students learning needs and opportunities. Interested? Curious to learn more?
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We encourage every member of our community to share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure to support our next generation of citizens. Whether you have professional and career expertise to share, tutoring skills to offer, an internship opportunity in your organization, or a grant for an innovative pilot school program, EIC will connect you with the students, educators, and school leaders who will benefit the most from your generosity. Interested? Curious to learn more?
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