Becky Burch, literacy coach at Fairmount Elementary, shares her learning and insights about the power of design. Gordon County Schools, where Fairmount Elementary is located, is a member of the PAGE High School Redesign Initiative which is using the Working on the Work framework as a school transformation initiative in partnership with the Schlechty Center. Through these relationships Becky had the opportunity to attend the Schlechty Center’s Coaching for Design II session at our Louisville, Kentucky, office and to enroll in the PAGE Teacher Academy. The academy has three goals: to facilitate role transformation, to provide a catalyst for change, and to “publish” work. Here Becky has accomplished all three!
Archive for March, 2012
Congratulations to the G School on successfully completing their Design Challenge! This video documents the students’ use of design thinking to build classroom furniture. The G School is located in Dalton, Georgia–Whitfield County Schools.
AMY HURLOCK ZOCK, a teacher in the Whitfield County Leadership Program, created this unique “letter” to her superintendent as a summary of her experience because an actual letter didn’t feel dynamic enough.
Amy said, “So many great books, so many experiences, and I they are all very connected. I was having a really difficult time representing that. So I began pulling in all the documents and things I’d done during the year that related to my leadership experience. I felt like doing my letter this way allowed me that novelty and variety and was stronger than any letter I could write.”
Way to go, Amy! We were just so impressed that we had to share this summary with others doing the tough but rewarding work of transforming schools and classrooms.