After working for years on our school’s 1:1 Learning Initiative we are now coming to the end of our first three-year device cycle of and, it is helping us examine, investigate and reaffirm where we are and what will be doing for the next three years.
We are taking into account all aspects of our program, lessons learned from our successes and failures, conversations with students, colleagues and families, along with new research and examples from other schools and institutions.
And of course we are sharing as much as we ever have with anyone who wants to learn from us. Indeed, the sharing process has always helped to steer our program, and it, I believe, a hallmark for any strong program, institution or leader.
Recently we hosted a site visit. We hosted visitors from ten schools and five states, all interested in hearing about our program and seeing our school in action. The is the third time in as many years that we’ve done this, and all told, we have hosted over 35 schools to date.
We run these events not only because we believe that we’ve had a successful program so far, but also because they force us to think about what we are doing and explain our program in a way that will help other schools grow and develop. Second, we believe in paying it forward — we are sharing as others have shared with us.
As we explored the possibility of our own 1:1 Initiative we went on the road and visited a number of schools and attended numerous conferences (see below) to hear the good, the bad and the ugly from those who came before us. From these visits, we learned a great deal about what we wanted to do (student leadership), what we needed to explore further (ownership models) and what we didn’t want to do (forget about professional development).
The openness of others and their collegiality helped us develop our program and have the success that we believe we’ve had to this day.
Sharing can happen in a number of ways and can be about the big and the small. Success in sharing shouldn’t be judged by size — only by the way it impacts those associted with it. Truly, from small success, greater success can grow.
You don’t need to look far to find examples of success and sharing that we can all learn from easily.