Keynote: Planting a Seed of Beliefs by Barbara Bray
I share why I believe now is the time to transform teaching and learning and how you can discover and share your beliefs. It is about changing the culture so the focus is on the learner first. My presentation provides points that you can use to jumpstart your own belief system around personalized learning.
I am Barbara Bray, co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and co-author of the book, Make Learning Personal with Kathleen McClaskey. I believe now is the time to transform teaching and learning. I've seen teaching move away from creativity and fun to standardized tests and pacing guides. It's time to go back to making learning fun and personal for all learners including teachers. I created My eCoach (my-ecoach.com) for teachers so they could have their own place to share and learn with others. I work with schools, districts, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the world to facilitate change and design new learning environments.
I love working with and connecting with teachers who stretch their thinking and believe that all learners can learn. It's about creating learning environments that encourage curiosity, creativity, and risk-taking. I've worked with schools, businesses, regional centers and state departments on developing coaching programs and online communities. I'm constantly learning how much I don't know and how much I still want to learn. I love to write and stretch my own mind. I have my own blog Rethinking Learning where I tend to rant about why now is the time to transform learning. I also love to facilitate design thinking and project-based learning activities that encourage voice and choice. I'm asked to write articles, columns and books, do classroom observations, facilitate visioning sessions, provide gaps analysis and develop strategic plans along with determining what is authentic, valid, cost-effective, safe, user-friendly, and relevant for teachers and learners. As you can see I'm all over the place but constantly learning from educators like you. Read more about my passion to transform learning...
My twitter handle is @bbray27 and also host a #plearnchat every other Monday at 4pm PT.
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