Professional learning teams—

Engaged in action research related to 21st Century change and the shifts we have been exploring in PLP—

Many Ohio Consortium teams, transparent in their process—

Providing a window onto their exciting, intense, collaborative, and difficult work—

On the way to building capacity for change in their districts—

With vision–

This project will allow students to rediscover the joy of learning by re-inventing the concept of going to school. Teachers will need to model the behaviors we hope the students will adopt, and they will need to coach students as they find their way. We will need to re-teach the young people at our school how to be learners and how to take charge of their own learning. But we may need to re-teach and re-invent ourselves as well.   Chinquapin team

With burning questions—

How to keep students engaged in learning outside of the classroom while using the same technologies that they are using in their personal learning networks?  Forest Hills high school team

How can a Standards-based Professional Development program using and implementing  21st Century skills have an impact on teaching and learning at our school?  Parish Episcopal team

How can we increase our student learning and motivation in math and science utilizing a collaborative approach?  Berea elementary team

April Lempa Cooper, from the Milford team mentioned in a virtual community comment:

..feels like we are on the cusp of some real changes…

I sense that too from tensions inherent in the questions and vision, from learning I’ve had the privilege to see in our virtual community, and from the commitment of team members as their team has experienced storming and norming on their way to performing. Teams, full of hope when our cohort began last fall, have moved beyond hope to important work with their action research projects and are “on the cusp of some real changes”.

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Lani Ritter Hall

Lani is Community Leader for Powerful Learning Practice. She also serves as the “Newbie Maven”, helping along and nurturing newbies to the PLP experience, as well as facilitator for the Connected Coaches. Lani brings more than 35 years of teaching experiences in urban, sub urban, and independent schools at the middle/secondary level in the U.S and Canada to this work. A national board certified teacher, she and her students began collaborating globally in the late 1980’s. Lani has created and facilitated professional development around technology infusion into learning for over twenty years and served in a leadership role for the K12Online Conference for 2 years. She is co-author of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age.
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