Currently working on:
After a year of collaborative work with stakeholders, the Salisbury Township School District adopted a Profile of a Graduate and Learning Beliefs. Essentially, these documents have become our vision for learning and ground our conversations. This was a lot of heavy lifting from many people, especially my main collaborator, and our Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Lynn Fuini-Hetten. As a result of this work, Lynn and I have been working with school leadership teams and principals to build a common understanding of the Profile and Learning Beliefs. It’s called Leading #YourSalisbury. It has been a challenging but productive effort to build capacity for system-wide change.
After a year of interviewing over 35 experts and authors at TLTalkRadio.org, Lynn and I are embarking on a new podcast to explore the idea of learner-centered leadership. The podcast is titled Shift Your Paradigm. We anticipate that this project will last about 18 months. Over this time, we will be interviewing practitioners (leaders and learners) doing similar work of moving organization toward learner-centered. At the end of the journey (if there even is one), we hope to have learned from these experts what it takes to lead in a learner-centered space. Exciting work!
I have also become fascinated with the future, exponential technologies and their impact on the future of learning. I’ve started a weekly podcast – #FutureLearning – on this site. Each week I explore resources that cross my path and I think will be useful to others interested in learning.
This has been an extraordinarily busy year! Lynn and I have been sharing our learning at conferences, giving presentations and an occasional keynote. I have also had the opportunity to share some of my ideas in keynote presentations at conferences focused on redesigning learning and learning shaped by the future of technology. This has been a tone of fun, and I look forward to more opportunities to speak to a wider audience. Check out the list of presentations and keynotes!
This year, I started work on National Superintendent Certification through AASA. It has been fun connecting with colleagues around the country and gaining a better understanding of varying leadership contexts across the country.
I was also invited to the White House with a group of superintendents to discuss work being done across the country with personalized learning. It was an amazing experience being around so many outstanding educators doing amazing work, despite the current political climate.
What I’m doing outside of career:
I continue to be a pretty passionate consumer of music. As you may have gleaned from my bio, I was a music teacher for nearly 20 years. While my life’s work has taken a different direction, I still love music, particularly classical, jazz and an occasional opera. While I see performers locally, one of my guilty pleasures is going to New York City to take in the culture. I almost always post the program and an occasional photo at LearningEnthusiast.net for my own personal record of what I’ve been doing. Here are some of my latest ventures:
I continue to utilize my home gym to remain healthy and build strength (as I get older). Maintaining an effective diet continues to be a challenge, but one I never give up on.
Updated March 2017.