Voyager February 2019

February 14, 2019

George Bernard Shaw

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Dear Learner-Centered Leaders,

Over the past month, our team has been traveling throughout the country to places like Wisconsin, Georgia, California, and attending events in our hometown of Washington, DC. From all of these experiences, I think our Learning Lab Program Manager, Lindsy, illustrated the importance of our work beautifully when writing to the Education Reimagined team:

“…I’m so grateful to work with each of you and the people in our national communities who are aligned, committed, and grounded in learner-centered education. The conversations we have in our communities really are different conversations. [My experiences this past month] served as a reminder that the mindset our people share, and the language and clarity we bring to the table, are really important!”

I couldn’t agree more with Lindsy’s sentiment. The work everyone in the learner-centered movement is doing is really important. If you haven’t heard that in a while, I hope this message serves as a reminder and as a motivator for you to continue pushing forward.

In this month’s Voyager, we have a wide variety of stories that show how much is possible when we stay committed to the purpose of our work. From the fascinating origin stories of Harrisburg School District and The Birch School to powerful reflections from leaders like Trace Pickering and Elliot Washor who have been in the movement for decades, there is something for everyone regardless of where you find yourself on your learner-centered journey.

When reading these stories, we invite you to reach out to us with your comments and reflections. This movement grows faster when we are all connected and learning from one another. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Kelly Young

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