Professional Learning
Professional Learning

Educators are the lead learners in schools. If they are to enable powerful, authentic, deep learning among their students, they need to live that kind of learning and professional culture themselves. When everyone is part of that experiential through-line, that’s when next generation learning thrives.

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Applications now available for the 2018-19 Mass Learning Excursions.
[Update: Applications closed September 7, 2018]

Have you ever paused in the middle of the school day and wondered, there’s got to be a better way?

Have you ever become frustrated by tweaking around the edges of your school’s learning design and seeing only minor improvements in your students’ learning and growth?

Are you hearing the hype about artificial intelligence, globalization, and disappearing jobs and not sure what it means for your students?

Are you looking to up your game in real-world learning, personalized learning, student agency, or competency-based education?

Next Generation Learning Challenges and the Barr Foundation invite you to apply to participate in an immersive exploration of bold schools that have redesigned their entire learning model in answer to the questions above.

The 2018-19 Massachusetts Learning Excursions, open to Massachusetts-based public school teams, include three trips to Colorado, San Diego, and Portland, Maine. The schools, many of which received funding from NGLC, are bold pioneers in whole-school next gen learning: each demonstrating a different combination of student-centered, personalized, competency-based, experiential, technology-enabled learning, all of them designed to lead to a rich, deep set of learning outcomes that includes a modern take on core content knowledge and extends into habits of success, creative know how, and wayfinding abilities.

Past learning excursion participants describe how they value the experience.

These trips are not your typical site visit observation. They are opportunities to examine practice, connect with innovators—teachers, school leaders, and students, and explore ways to bring inspiring new ideas to your school. They are learning-focused.

So pause from daily life, become a learner yourself, and begin your journey.

Applications are due September 7, 2018. A stipend to defray costs and some meals are provided.

Learn more about each learning excursion and the school host sites, and access the application from the Mass Learning Excursion Overview.

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Next Generation Learning Challenges

A dedicated team moving the mission of NGLC forward, helping to bring next gen learning to today’s students.