Architectural Agility in Education and the Three Equations

Transformation in education is all I think about. Well, maybe not all but it certainly takes up most of the real estate in my brain.

My two greatest passions are to 1) move us to a better expectation for teaching and learning that transforms our campuses and classrooms, blending intelligent and passionate educators with current and emerging technology and 2) teaching teachers how to shepherd digital generations of learners in this transformed environment.

Transforming Classrooms and Transferring Wisdom is what we have to be doing because our time has to be spent in the most beneficial way for children now and our investment must have the most return in the future later.

In my work, I’m often asked how to recognize transformation. How to be an education architect. How to design transformed learning systems.

The most significant thing we have to understand is that we can’t use our former systems or paradigms to define transformation. If we use the old definitions, we won’t transform but merely reform something.

Nothing wrong with keeping it conventional or traditional……unless we want to transform. The old will work. And it will continue to work until these generations of learners are old enough, and adult enough, to force the transformation whether we like it or not.

I just prefer that we stay ahead of that day. So I push for the transformation now. And I push for the truth that we’ve not had such a wonderful opportunity to finally leverage the best from teachers…..their wisdom. I want my grandchildren to be taught by adults who are wise and share that wisdom in the classroom.

Thats why I am particularly fond of, and committed to, Responsive Education Solutions. Yes, my work is engaged with many systems, environments and educators. And, no, I do not think that any one system, environment or educator has every answer every time.

But, serving with Responsive Education Solutions has proven to be the greatest worklife experience I’ve known. These passionate people, from the CEO through the entire nonprofit, show up and share wisdom every day, it is humbling for me to watch these people at work. Though not a commercial or salesman, I don’t apologize for recognizing and championing those who do what they do for learners.

But I got off track. Sorry, that seems to be a passionate digression for me. For now, though, let’s focus on transformation. How do we see it, know it and do it? There’s a lot that goes into transforming a classroom, campus or district.

Though it involves much, let me cut to the chase and boil it down to what we call The Three Equations of Architectural Agility in Education.

To experience transformation, we have to address, answer, solve or resolve three agility equations. These are foundations for the campus, the teacher and the learner. And, they are……..

1. The balance of technology and teacher for each classroom. The “delivery room” equation.

2. The balance of engagement and empowerment for each teacher. The “altitude” equation.


3. The balance of freedom and structure for each learner. The “freedom or fences” equation.

These three equations are not complex but they are not simple either. And, remember, we don’t approach or address these equations through an industrial teaching system paradigm. And it works. It works for younger learners and it works for adolescents. It works for blended learning campuses and classical education. It works and it transforms everything.

I’ll address all three equations in my following blogs. Hopefully, we can grow closer to not only saying we are transforming, but actually transforming. Remember, implementation trumps intent….every time.

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