I am the Director of the Learning Innovation Institute as well as the technology and computer science departments at The Ellis School, an independent school in Pittsburgh, PA. I have been an educator for close to fifteen years and was an early advocate of blended and online learning because I saw its potential to re-imagine how classroom space and time are used to engage learners.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
My idea school is project-based and infuses design thinking into all parts of the learning process. Through highly personalized and relevant education, students are change agents solving real community problems. Students learn to be entrepreneurs, makers and creators of social innovation within the school and out in both the local and global communities. Teams of teachers break the disciplinary silos and are adept at alternative assessment. Leadership within the school is networked, social and democratic with innovation coaches supporting faculty professional development and growth. Curriculum is co-designed with students based on strengths and interest and pace of learning is variable not based on age or grade. Faculty professional development mimics the curricular program - its highly relevant, teacher-driven and personalized.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
1. From STEM to STEAM: Shifting from Passive to Active Learning with Design Thinking and Blended Learning
2. Investing in the Future of Education: Shifts to Consider
3. Global Leadership x Design: A Case Study of a High School that Helped its Students Become Social Entrepreneurs
Have you ever attended an Edcamp?
Edcamp PGH (organizer)