Network theory is on the one hand a new and emerging interdisciplinary science and on the other hand it is ancient, grounded in indigenous and experiential ways of knowing about the reality of interconnectedness.

NGLC Networks for Learning icon Understanding Network Design

Supporting a network of forward-leaning educators who are redesigning learning in K-12 schools has always been central to NGLC's mission. We have learned a great deal of practical knowledge about how to do it well by observing ed leaders and partners who lead networks themselves. We still were left with unanswered questions: Are we making the most of our network's connections to advance the field of next gen learning? How do we raise up equity within our network and in the student experience?

In true network form, NGLC turned to a partner to help us learn more. Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change is a network and social change expert. He has been feeding us ideas, inspiration, and principles of network theory as well as examples in and outside of education, through a series of blog posts.

Read these posts to learn more about the principles of network design:

Connection is Fundamental

Explore how professional networks can connect people more deeply, creating new insights and opportunity for education.

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Network Effects

Educators, change agents, and learners can create value by taking advantage of specific "network effects."

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Network Structure

Create abundant value for learning network participants by addressing power dynamics, connections, and other aspects of a network's structure.

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Network Leadership

Together, a number of leadership roles in a collaborative/networked view of education create a culture for connections to flourish.

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Network Culture

How do educators connect with each other? These 25 day-to-day actions shape the culture of learning networks and the value they create.

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Principles for Network Thinking and Action

Not every form of social organization maximizes network effects—but there's much to be gained if they did.

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Take the Next Step: Storytelling

While Curtis provides the theory, K-12 learning network leaders and participants hold the practices and expertise that will move our field forward. We are collecting insights and wisdom from inside and outside of K-12 education. Read what your colleagues have shared. Add your voice to give texture and imagery to our collective understanding of how to build healthy and equitable professional education networks.