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Timeless Learning: Learning Together in Natural Communities

Session 1
Pam Moran, Ira Socol — Virginia School Consortium for Learning, SocolMoran partners

Starting with a zero-based thinking provocation, participants will first engage together through media to lead into a deep conversation together around the questions we rarely, if ever ask.

Our objective? Provoke and challenge your thinking. Your objective? Walk out ready to make a change, no matter how small, that brings timeless learning into your classroom, school, or district.

Over two decades, we have observed education get defined by a constant focus on time on task to raise test scores and pace instruction to specific standards for each grade level and courses offered in public schools. This reductionist focus has come to define curriculum, assessment, instruction, and use of resources in most schools - with few exceptions.

Exceptional schools, however, offer educators, parents, and learners hope that we all can restore learning pathways grounded in curiosity, play, social learning, story, community cognition, movement, arts, making, experimentation, and aspirational peer mentorships; all design principles found in the contemporary progressive narrative shared in our book, Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-based Thinking Change Schools. In this conversation we will share and elicit insights from educators who have worked to build natural learning communities. Participants will engage in exploration and deep mapping of timeless learning though provocation, structured inquiry, reflection, and action development that support new and sustainable community culture- a culture that is open, welcoming, student created, non-temporal, culturally accepting, and fully inclusive.

Conversational Practice

We will use the design for learning model embedded at the end of each section of Timeless Learning. This model begins with an inquiry process in which participants generate questions from shared media for use in group conversation. The process unfolds like this:

participants begin with reflection and conversation in response to a zero-based thinking provocation pitched through multi-media,

group members generate potential actions that emerge from the conversational questions generated by participants

all participants will wrap into the conversation to identify how to take actions forward into the classroom, school, or district in which participants work and share those in a virtual space so the community conversation can continue after EduCon (could be a twitter hashtag, a google doc, IG images, snapchat, etc.)

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