Over the past year, we’ve been using this blog to document the process (Ask-Imagine-Plan-Create-Improve) behind our IMLS planning grant on the role of museums in next-generation learning. On Saturday, January 30 (after a week’s delay due to weather), we held a Thought Partner Summit and Future of Learning Panel discussion to reflect on the work we’ve done so far and prepare for the final stretch of our grant. Our thought partner group consists of national leaders in the fields of education, museums, and technology.
In the morning, our collaborative planning team of P-16 educators from across the state met with the thought partners. Working in affinity groups, they shared ideas about teacher professional development, experiences for students that happen online and onsite, and participatory gallery spaces. Thought partners helped groups become aware of potential models for programs, recognize gaps in our planning, and find connections between prototype ideas.
We invited the public to join the discourse in a lively panel discussion that afternoon. Sylvea Hollis, program manager with the Center for the Future of Museums, moderated a panel featuring Corey Madden (executive director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts), Matthew Rascoff (vice president for technology-based learning and innovation for the UNC system), and Dr. Keith Sawyer (Morgan Professor of Educational Innovation in the School of Education at UNC–Chapel Hill). Hank Willis Thomas, Dr. Rebecca Klemm, and Rob Stein contributed reflections via video. Topics included the role of community in innovative ed practices, embracing needs-based change, and data and education technology. Audience members participated by responding to real-time poll questions on these topics and had the opportunity to ask questions of panelists. A link to the full panel discussion can be accessed below. In the coming days, we will post additional footage and extended thought partner responses to each topic.