January 28, 2021

5 recommendations for administrators in 2021: the new normal is not traditional schooling, it’s logistics

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The Learning Counsel’s Digital Transition Survey 2020 found that most schools consider they are further along in digital transition than they actually are, and that they are missing basic understanding of just how far technology could take them in transformation. This is critical today because quarantines continue and there is talk of keeping shutdowns going for as long as several more years.

Numerous superintendents said that they do not think “normal” is coming back. Many say more remote learning for a larger percentage of the students, permanent hybrid models, and personalization will become the norm. None have delved into how all of that will really work without overburdening teachers.

Learning Counsel advises administrators of the following in 2021:

  1. Let your survival instincts take your thinking into questioning every practice, every organizational principle and how you use time and space to deliver learning.
  2. Understand what a school must be to remain competitive now, what students and parents want from homeschooling and other options.
  3. Look, don’t just listen. Seeing demos of what systems really do today is a game-changer. People generally resist change and will fill your ears with words of resistance.
  4. Have more conversations about what EdTech can really do, including the “network model” of service that dissolves institution-only staffing and allows leaders to think of staff-from-anywhere.
  5. Understand that traditional whole-group teaching and learning is headed for dissolution in favor of a disaggregated Internet-of-instructs combined with algorithmic workflow to deliver personalized paths for students. This does not mean no more teachers nor does it mean all-online learning. New systems should precisely intersect students with human teaching as needed the same as Uber intersects riders with drivers and sophisticated logistics allows Fed-X to get a package anywhere in the world in 24 hours.

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