Avengers in the Classroom

The newest release of the comic book superheroes adventures has hit the big screen. Don’t worry. This is not a spoiler alert. But it has caused me to reflect on the men and women who enter the classrooms day after day and year after year. If you fit that category. You are my superhero. You, who fight for justice for our students. You are worthy of headlines and medals of honor. Those of you who enter into battle for the minds of children. You are saving lives and protecting our world.

If there is one lesson that we have all learned from the Avengers, it is that we work better together. On our own, we are strong, but sometimes that is not enough. We need each other to become better and stronger than we can ever be alone. When it comes to teaching, 1+1 is always greater than 2.

The traditional school calendar is about to close for the year. That might mean that you can take off your cape and get some much needed rest. You deserve the rest. You have earned it. But I hope that you will not turn off your minds for the whole summer. This change of pace might also mean that you can take some time to work on the tools of your superhero life. Do you need to sharpen your tools, or sit down with other superhero teachers and think about what is next? There are some great opportunities out there this Summer and more planned for next Fall.

The Doceō Center is kind of like a superhero training center. We are here to help you hone your skills. We bring together lone superheroes who are tired of fighting the battle on their own, but not ready to give up. Here are just 2 opportunities of many, that I want to highlight.

  1. HACK_R Bootcamp. August 6-9. By August, you will be ready to learn, but don’t wait. Register now! This 4 day event is fun and is designed to pump you up for the new school year. You will learn techniques that are designed to leverage technology and drive your students to take ownership of their learning, while intentionally walking them to deeper levels of learning.
  2. School Retool. This opportunity is for Building Administrator Superheroes. NNU's Doceō Center and the Stanford d.school’s K12 Lab Network have partnered to bring back School Retool to Idaho this fall. School Retool is a professional learning fellowship that helps school leaders redesign school culture using small, scrappy experiments called ‘hacks.’ These hacks (not to be confused with H.A.C.K. Model of Innovative Instruction) help you figure out how your school can best encourage students to build knowledge and skills critical to academic and life success, including critical thinking, effective communication, collaboration, and an academic/learning mindset. The first Idaho cohort was in the fall of 2016 and we're excited to continue the work this year.

The fellowship will run from October through December 2018 and includes 4 in-person workshops, 1 day to shadow a student, personal coaching, peer support, and lots of inspiration.

SUPERHEROES Unite! Prepare yourselves for the most important work you can do - helping students learn. You deserve great headlines for the work that you do. Don’t give up.

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Check out this video to learn about one principal’s experience in the fellowship.

We’re looking for public school principals and assistant principals across Idaho who want to change the status quo of public education, believe in access to Deeper Learning outcomes for ALL students, and are willing and ready to try out a new, immersive learning experience.

Sound like you? Apply by September 1, 2017 at www.schoolretool.org or click here to directly access the application.

Please reach out to schoolretool@dschool.stanford.edu if you have any questions.

Eric Kellerer

by Eric Kellerer

Eric Kellerer is currently the Director of the Doceō Center and the Director of International Relations at Northwest Nazarene University. The Center, established in January, 2013 exists to inspire personalized learning through innovative practices in education. The Center is responsible for the development of the H.A.C.K. Model for Innovative Instruction. He is currently involved in education reform movements in Liberia and China. He has established relationships with universities and high schools in China, Korea, and Liberia.