Pam Moran is the Superintendent of the Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia and has worked in every level of K-12 education. She’s taught science in high school and middle school, served as a secondary assistant principal, an elementary principal, and as adjunct faculty for the University of Virginia. She has led curricular and professional development, and now supports a 13,000 student school division covering 726 square miles.
If contemporary learning, team-centered, project and problem-based, anchors the system for how we teach, use technology, and set up learning spaces, then critical shifts must occur so that learners can accomplish vibrant, irresistible learning work that’s congruent with the competencies they need for the workforce, civic engagement, and post-secondary education.
As teachers and administrators who form the collective intellect of the learning community, we can expand our capacity to notice new things by broadening not just what we look for but by learning how to see through a continuum of lenses, filters, and frames.