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Monday, January 27 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Is Purpose the Future of Learning? with Ross Wehner

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As educators, we know school must change but how? We are told that learning should be place-based, project-based, diverse and equitable, social and emotional . . . we are in a fog and it’s hard to see our way forward. Purpose Learning is a simple framework that integrates much of today’s school reform in a focused effort to help students understand who they are on the inside and how they connect to the world on the outside. Traditional learning is about thinking, or helping students develop key cognitive skills and content knowledge. Purpose Learning combines thinking with rich forms of feeling and doing, all at the same time. At the intersection of these three domains, students can drop into deep learning and explore purpose. We will see examples of purpose-driven learning at independent and charter schools and understand how these schools are changing culture, reinventing professional development, and creating new learning experiences. We will reflect on thinking, feeling and doing at our schools and what strategies for change we could pursue.

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Ross Wehner

Founder, Director, World Leadership School
Ross Wehner is a writer, teacher and social entrepreneur who founded World Leadership School. He believes the question guiding the future of learning is “How can K12 schools helps students explore, discover and articulate purpose?"Ross worked as a journalist in Latin America during the tumultuous 1990s, after which he decided to shift from reporting on problems to finding... Read More →

Monday January 27, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm EST
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