Harness the power of teacher collaboration and engagement to see real results for students! Welcome to Transform Academy, where committed teachers become teacher leaders, empowered to revitalize learning cultures while keeping the future in mind. This boundary-breaking professional-learning process—centered on teacher voice and grounded in foundations of collaboration and data-informed planning—challenges schools to move beyond accountability standards and toward innovative learning that ignites student engagement. As you follow the story of Transform Academy, you’ll find accompanying action steps to help you implement the process, along with strategies to inspire personalized instruction and redesign learning environments. Other supports include: • Detailed and inspiring vignettes • Relevant research connections • Questions for discussion • Activities and prompts for individuals and teams • Links to professional-learning standards Follow Transform Academy’s journey of discovery, and see the results for yourself. Minding the Future outlines a very clear framework for how a school might reimagine professional learning in support of results for students. What’s especially helpful are the tools and resources that will help educators through every step of the process. Thank you for bringing this great resource to the field! Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward If you’ve been searching for proven strategies on creating a vision, planning, and establishing a learning culture ready for transformation, this is it. Written with knowledge only gained from experience, Minding the Future presents readers with clear plans, brought to life with anecdotes and stories, to lead their own professional learning transformations. This book is for educators wishing to embrace the future head-on and hand in hand! Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston, TX

Open Permission to Dream : Sessions 3–6

Open Permission to Dream

The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers.


Getting Acquainted With This Chapter

Educators typically enter the classroom with their experiences as a student themselves, ideas from student teaching, and their passion for learning. They may not always realize that society has a huge expectation that they will change the world one student at a time. The Transform Academy experience reminds teachers to value their professional learning opportunities, to take risks to make learning more engaging for students, and that the world is constantly changing around the school building. This chapter emphasizes the importance of consistent research and renewal ...

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