PLP eCourses attract participants from across the globe to learn and grow with one another. Over the next few weeks, we will feature interviews with current and past PLP eCourse participants. We’ll ask participants to share information about themselves, why they chose PLP eCourses and what they are up to professionally.
Nishant N. Mehta is a current eCourse participant from Alexandria, VA. He is the Assistant Head of School for a K-8 coed independent day school.
1. Which PLP eCourse are you currently taking?
2. Have you ever taken an online course?
This is my first one!
3. Why did you decide to take this eCourse?
Because of Sheryl and Will’s reputation in the field of advancing teaching and learning in the 21st century, and because of the course’s focus on other 21st century leaders and developing leadership in the participants! My school is currently undergoing this transformation and I would like to be in the best position to lead that transformation.
4. Prior to taking this course, would you describe your knowledge on 21st century education as basic, intermediate or advanced?
5. What has been your favorite thing about this eCourse and/or instructor?
Collaborative thought and discussion each week amongst various participants from the US and Canada. Also, I appreciate the opportunity to take a few minutes each week and devote it to learning and reflecting about leadership.
6. What is your personal philosophy/belief on learning in the 21st century?
Schools have been talking about whole child education, differentiation and authentic assessments, flow theory, multiple intelligences, and the like for several years now, but what’s changed with the advance of technology, specifically Web 2.0 tools and AppPhones or the iPad, is the access to information and ability to collaborate with others across time and space in a way not easily facilitated before. Human communication occurs daily via such technologies and schools must leverage the creative and problem- solving capabilities inherent in them; Schools and its students and teachers are no longer restricted by the four walls of a classroom.
7. Any other information you would like to share about yourself personally or professionally?
I am passionate about learning and leadership, and try to read widely beyond educational journals and blogs to include current corporate thinking as well as it might apply to schools.
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