The world has and continues to change in ways that are difficult to predict. Regardless of the forces at hand educators play a pivotal role in preparing students for success now and in the future. The best way to do this is to create a disruptive thinking culture in our classrooms and schools that future-proofs learning for ALL kids! It’s time to challenge the status quo when it comes to teaching and learning in our classrooms. Our learners—and their future in a bold new world—depend on us.
$149 registration fee provides access to all four sessions.
July 7 - Session 1: Re-Thinking “Normal
Disruption is here to stay, and this will most certainly influence the future world of work. Learners need a refined set of literacies to succeed no matter what is thrown at them. This session will dive into what this looks like as well as how educators need to shift their mindset to prepare kids for an unpredictable world. Attendees will leave with specific action steps to lead change in their classrooms and schools to create a new normal.
July 22 - Session 2: Re-Thinking Learning
Learning needs to be an active process that combines instructional and pedagogical techniques that are research-based. These should both challenge kids to think and apply what they are learning in relevant and meaningful ways aligned to real-world problems. During this session, participants will be exposed to specific strategies that will help students to develop critical competencies to become disruptive thinkers.
August 4 - Session 3: Re-Thinking the Learner
Learning is a process, not an event. Thus, it is imperative to create experiences that are equitable and meet the diverse needs of all kids. During this session, attendees will dive into personalized strategies such as blended learning with an emphasis on station rotation, choice boards, playlists, and the flipped classroom. They will also learn how to create environments reflective of the real world, both physical and virtual, that will allow learners to fully employ disruptive thinking.
August 11 - Session 4: Re-Thinking Our Mindset
We often teach the way we were taught and lead the way we were lead. A disruptive thinking culture relies on our ability to leverage outlier practices in ways that are more beneficial to students. During this session, attendees will dive into these such as grading, homework, feedback, and reflection to drive better outcomes. They will also learn to shift their mindset in ways that builds priceless relationships with students and colleagues alike.
Eric is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result, Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is using research and evidence-based practices to empower learners and educators, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunities, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally in the digital age.
Eric is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. Among his publications are:
Learning Transformed: 8 Keys for Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today
Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids
Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times
What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science