As part of its ongoing efforts to promote personalized learning opportunities, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) has provided various platforms for students, districts, and community leaders from across the state to share their opinions and recommendations for the future of learning.
In December 2018, teams from eleven districts gathered at Goodwin College for the High School Reimagined Conference. Prior to attending the conference, teams revisited the work and recommendations made by previous district cohorts. With that knowledge close at hand, they participated in a dynamic process of strategy, reframing, and self-awareness that allowed them to reimagine schools that meet the needs of all students.
International motivational speaker A’Ric Jackson led district teams through sessions focused on personalized learning. Teams participated in leadership exercises that illustrated different approaches to learning, communicating, and problem-solving while analyzing the inherent strengths and weaknesses of various leadership styles.
Team members were challenged to make a difference both personally and for others.
Team members also participated in a series of exercises in Design Thinking. Facilitated by Jennifer Frentress, Ed.D., teams learned how to better define a problem, generate a range of creative ideas, and how to prototype, test, and implement solutions. These activities created a path for teams to build their way forward, creating the solutions they seek.
After a fast-paced, whirlwind of transformational thinking, teams honed their strategic action recommendations and identified those that they would specifically undertake in their districts.