Catalytic Designs for Learning

"... learning beyond time, space, and place" ~ source: Bretag & Jakes, Educon 2.1, January 24, 2009

Dennis Richards
gmail: dennisar at gmail dot com;
twitter: dennisar;
skype: drichards1

• Systemic Change
• Professional Development
• All School Levels

Affiliation: Superintendent Emeritus; President, MA Affiliate ASCD; ASCD Leadership Council; MA STEM Initiative; WG for Educator Excellence; Independent

Catalyst ~ somebody who makes a change happen; Design ~ a plan made in a skillful or artistic way; Inspire ~ to encourage people into greater efforts or greater enthusiasm or creativity. Not guides or facilitators; not instructors. What are the skills teachers and students need? Why are college professors and CEOs challenging schools to teach skills they say we are not teaching? Can we admit what we are not teaching? What questions will our students have to answer to give shape their future? Will they be ready? What role should technology play in helping them to get ready? Let’s get together to watch some videos, consider some web resources and think and talk about learning as it is, as it should be, as it can be. The essential question ~ how can we design learning experiences that ignite, engage, challenge and inspire students?

Mogulus Live Broadcast Sunday, January 25, 2009, 10:00-11:30 A.M. from Educon 2.1, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


January 23, 2009; revised January 25

To Continue the Conversation....

  • I created a Google Doc (Catalytic Designs for Learning Educon 2.1 January 2009) for post-session communication following my Educon 2.1 session on January 25, 2009.
  • If you have comments, suggestions, or requests, please use the Google Doc.
  • I'll use this wiki page, as necessary, to log/catalog the results of our ongoing conversation
  • Enter you contact information here and I will invite you to the doc

Pleasure meeting you if you attended my session; thank you for watching, if you attended the session virtually!


Here is the Keynote.

January 23, 2009; revised January 25

Partnership for 21st Century Skills & MILE

What skills are needed for learning and teaching in the 21st Century? (In progress.)