Vermont has several laudable education policy initiatives pertaining to personalizing student learning including PLPs, early college, flexible pathways, and proficiency-based learning. Additionally, we remain focused on addressing persistent equity issues while at the same time increasing learning opportunities for all students. From a historical perspective, all of these concepts can be described under a larger narrative of Open Education, the continued expansion of who has access to a high quality education.
This session will engage participants in an interactive exploration of three interconnected themes in order to develop a systems approach to designing an open education school system that can be instituted locally and also scaled across Vermont. These themes are:
Open Opportunity: Open Education Resources (OER) offer students the ability to access an expanded curriculum and are shifting the role of teachers to be Designers of Learning.
Open Organization Systems – New organizational approaches such as Design Thinking allow schools to adopt a more open, dynamic and nimble disposition towards change.
Open Community – Technology is redefining community and creating new means for developing and sharing best practices across a distributed organizational structure.