(NOTE: I’ve fixed the links to the community below. Sorry for any inconvenience!)
A couple of years ago now, my friend Bruce Dixon and I created ModernLearners.com in an attempt to help educators at all levels build their capacity for the change conversations in schools that are so urgently needed. We’re both amazed at how quickly we built a list of thousands of readers of our newsletter and blog posts, and we’re proud at the impact those efforts seem to be making.
But while it’s great to have readers, we think it would be even better to have a community of committed educators who are passionate about really changing the way we think about schooling to more effectively serve the modern learners who come to our classrooms each day.
So, to that end, I want to invite you to join our free Global Community of Changeleaders (GCC) on Facebook, a space where the people who want to push the education conversation to the edges of what’s comfortable can meet to share stories, ask questions, interact directly with us on a regular basis, and learn the best ways to create sustainable change.
A space where the members are working to build a different, not just better experience for the kids in our schools.
The good news is that “different” is happening more and more each day. In our travels and online, Bruce and I are talking to more and more educators who have fought through their frustration with the current system and begun the hard work of fundamentally rethinking their work in schools.
But we’re also hearing that those change efforts are disconnected. That there is a desire for those seeking “different” to find others engaged in that work, for ideas, for questions, and for support.
That’s why we’re creating the GCC, and we’d love for you to be among the first to join us.
To officially introduce our community, Bruce and I will be on Facebook Live inside the group this Tuesday night at 7 pm US Mountain time, coming to you from the ISTE 2016 conference in Denver. We’ll talk a bit more about our hopes for the community and take some of your questions as well. (And we’ll probably make some vendors mad at us at the same time.)
And one other change!
We’re excited to announce that long-time educator and community savant Missy Emler will be joining the Modern Learners team. You can learn more about Missy on our site, and she’ll be a big part of our work in the GCC Facebook community and beyond.
Finally, we all know that making real change happen is hard enough to do when you’re working on your own.
Sharing your experiences in our community will provide a forum where you can be more reflective and benefit from the wisdom and experiences of other changemakers from a diverse range of backgrounds. So please consider becoming a member.
So, join us!
We have great ambitions for where Modern Learners will be going over the next 12 months, and we want you to be part of the journey. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to engaging with you in this new community.
As always, thanks for the support.
(Image credit: **RCB**)