The Deeper Learning Dozen

Community of Practice Convenings

 
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Community of Practice Convenings

"The people make this learning community something truly special. There is a willingness to share ideas, a vulnerability not always found in cross district groups, and a deep dedication to transforming learning for all kids. The way people enter in to equity conversations, with great reflection and a passion to learn from one another, is inspiring." - DLD Participant

Upcoming Convenings:

Fall Convening in Burlington, VT: October 2-4, 2019

Winter Convening in Monterey, CA: January 22-24, 2020

Spring Convening in Jefferson County, CO: April 28-30, 2020


Convening #1

The 1st Deeper Learning Dozen Community of Practice Convening was held at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on October 15-17, 2018. Twelve district superintendents and their teams from California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Vermont, and British Columbia convened for two and a half days of intense learning and sharing. The initial convening focused on building strong relationships, establishing the community of practice, design thinking and inquiry cycles, district journey mapping (who are we and how did we come to be this way?) and roadmapping (where are we headed with this work now?), and a deep learning dive into one of our three principles, “leadership accelerates emergence.” Districts also took time for planning and giving each other feedback as they continue their work on equitable access to deeper learning for all young people and adults.

 
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Convening #2

The 2nd Deeper Learning Dozen Community of Practice Convening was held in Oakland, California on January 29-31, 2019. Twelve district superintendents and their teams from California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Vermont, and British Columbia convened for two and a half days of intense learning and sharing. The convening focused on strengthening the Community of Practice relationships and practices we began to build during the first convening, exploring systemic oppression from the personal to the systemic, exploring the equity leadership needed in complex systems change supporting liberatory design, and a deep experiential learning dive into the ways that deeper learning can be an equity strategy for adult learners and our students. Individuals crafted an equity leadership identity statement. District teams also took time for planning and giving each other feedback as they continue their work on equitable access to deeper learning for all young people and adults.

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Convening #3

The 3rd Deeper Learning Dozen Community of Practice Convening was held in Cowichan, British Columbia, on April 29 - May 2, 2019. Ten district superintendents and their teams from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, and British Columbia convened for two and a half days of intense learning and sharing. Our third convening paralleled a place-based inquiry into the work of one of our districts, Cowichan, British Columbia, with a deeper exploration of the theories of action and “fractal challenges” of our other districts. With a particular focus on our third principle, “Student learning and adult learning are symmetrical,” we explored the leadership stances, equity imperatives, and learning experiences driving our host district to nurture and respond to emerging innovations to transform themselves systemically in support of deeper learning for all adults and students.

"A dozen strangers embark on an expedition together. It's a journey full of diverse challenges: steep slabs of slick granite; rainy, uphill marches through dense underbrush; late night talks at camp before bed. Reaching their destination requires each traveler to tap previously undiscovered reserves of energy, strength, craftsmanship, and compassion. It requires them to dissolve the boundaries between self and others, melding into a new, single organism called 'crew.' When the expedition is over, the travelers find that they are somehow different from having completed it, and they return home to their communities as better versions of themselves." - North Carolina Outward Bound School.


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