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Thomas Steele-Maley
new ecologies of education: research, design and practice
new ecologies of education: research, design and practice

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We invite academic leaders everywhere to join Jonathan Martin, myself, and engaged colleagues for the Independent Curriculum Group’s fall 2015 Academic Leaders Retreats. The first will be held at Whispering Pines Conference Center West Greenwich, RI, October 21–23 and the second at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, NM, November 4–6.

These events are opportunities for educators from around the country to come together to discuss the challenges facing schools and to learn—and share—methods and techniques for achieving strategic success and building personal and institutional capacity. Along with facilitated sessions on “Meeting the Challenge of Being an Academic Leader in 2015” and “Better Questions: Applying Change Science to Strategic Initiatives,” there will also be several UnConference sessions in which participants explore areas of particular concern to themselves or their schools. Each retreat is set in a comfortable location with great food and is designed to be a space of true “unanxious expectation” that inspires good fellowship and lasting professional bonds.

For more information and a link to registration for Academic Leaders Retreat EAST in Rhode Island:

For more information and a link to registration for Academic Leaders Retreat WEST in New Mexico:

Both sites are close to regional airports, and shuttle service will be provided between Ghost Ranch and the Albuquerque airport.

To find out more about the Independent Curriculum Group and its work, check out our website at

We look forward to seeing you or someone from your school at one of these events, and we urge you to pass this message along to anyone you know who might be interested.

Thanks, and all good wishes—Peter Gow

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Will Richardson's post at EML encouraged me to take a look at B.C.'s Education Plan....

Under Personalized Learning.

• We will work with our education partners to identify the attributes of an educated citizen and how that will be articulated throughout the education program culminating in graduation.
• Curriculum will be redesigned to reflect the core competencies, skills,
and knowledge that students need to succeed in the 21st century.
• A curriculum with fewer but higher level outcomes will create time to
allow deeper learning and understanding.
• Increased flexibility will be key to making sure that student’s passions and interests are realized, as well as their different and individual ways of learning.

Thought and Questions:

Interesting to note that all independent schools in Canada must show proficiencies in national curricular goals as a host of other countries do....

How is the US law that allows a certain swath of schools to be completely independent of government to create learning ecologies of the future working?

How might our independent schools network to create a movement for innovation and mutation?

What do those of you outside of the US, think about our Independent Schools- as innovation hubs-around the world?

Who are you watching as the most exciting change agents around the world and why?

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Looking forward to @GlobalJake's #foundpol exhibition this afternoon at the Watershed School in Rockland ME !

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