“The path to transformation is decentralized, distributed, and disciplined.” – D. Hargreaves
- Open the instructional, professional, and curriculum development processes to a peer-led network in order to provide a more effective means for sharing best practices and transferring them more rapidly
- Improve the quality of teaching and learning broadly across a group of schools
- Create a climate for teachers to innovate by promoting:
- the motivation to create new professional knowledge;
- the opportunity to engage actively in innovation;
- the skills for testing the validity of the new knowledge; and
- the means for transferring the validated innovations rapidly within their school and into other schools.
Structure of Network
- Totally cloud-based
- Initial focus would be K-8. Elementary and middle level innovation capacity would lead high school transformation.
- Implement a common communications infrastructure. All districts would join Google Apps.
- Implement a common Learning Management System. See below. (approximate cost $10 per student)
- Curriculum development on Curriki.
- Common tags would be established to identify work across all platforms.
- Individual learning plans for every student
- Units can be matched to current and future standards
- Capacity to share instructional materials, units, and assessments among teachers
- Other standard LMS functionality: design online and blended learning activities, implement assessment, monitor student academic progress, iterative academic feedback, teaming of staff and students around learning activities, connect to web-based learning resources, establish non-traditional support groups for students, new learning opportunities and new structures of knowledge – mash up, 365 and 24/7, parent connection, personalization around UDL principles.
*Objectives adapted from Working Laterally: How Innovation Networks Make an Education Epidemic by David Hargreaves.