Hickory Public Schools “Moving Forward With Why”

Hickory Public Schools “Moving Forward With Why”

HPS started their journey to Modern Learning with their “Why” in mind.

 Setting the Vision…What will a Modern Learning Environment look like in Hickory? Setting the Vision…What will a Modern Learning Environment look like in Hickory? Taking time to reflect and discuss what the district needs to do to make their Vision of Modern Learning happen. Taking time to reflect and discuss what the district needs to do to make their Vision of Modern Learning happen. Defining how learners will learn in HPS… Defining how learners will learn in HPS… Creating an Instructional Model. Creating an Instructional Model.

Lancaster Reaches Stage 4

Lancaster Reaches Stage 4

We’re thrilled to announce the latest network member district to reach Stage 4: Lancaster City Schools in Ohio!

The LCS team has done an absolutely remarkable job of putting their instructional model front and center with the support of a stellar team of coaches and highly engaged school leaders. As a result, learner-centered environments are becoming evident, particularly in the rooms of their Accelerated Classroom cohort members like Mr. Gramlich. As part of our day, we dropped by his room to see his 8th grade students owning their learning while they worked through an advanced learning plan as part of a U.S. History unit. Note the shared vision his students painted on the wall!

Congrats Team Lancaster! On to Stage 5!

Designing to the Edges

Designing to the Edges

It was an amazing day in Richmond County School System as the Curriculum and Instruction Team began to look at designing a Modern Curriculum that “banned the average” and instead “designed to the edges”!


The team explored personality shapes and their own learning preferences as we began to think about how to design curriculum that will take into account learner profiles and all the possible learning pathways that each unique individual might take as they learn new content, process that information and show evidence of their learning.

 Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “I really wanted to be a squiggle but found out I was a square!” Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “I really wanted to be a squiggle but found out I was a square!” Parking Lot +: “I really loved the Learning Pathway activity.” Parking Lot +: “I really loved the Learning Pathway activity.”

The team also completed a curriculum review, drafted several options for their Common Unit Plan Template, explored the development of a K-12 Continuum of Learning for the core content areas and looked at identifying priority and supporting standards.

 Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “This type of planning requires you to think deep.” Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “This type of planning requires you to think deep.” Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “This is going to be a different type of curriculum writing.” Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “This is going to be a different type of curriculum writing.” Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “Modernization of learning is rooted in the change of the learning thought process rather than a change in resources.” Parking Lot Ah-Ha: “Modernization of learning is rooted in the change of the learning thought process rather than a change in resources.”

It was a very busy day filled with meaningful conversations, deep reflection, a sense of purpose and excitement. Richmond County School System…looking forward to the journey!

North Allegheny Begins the Journey

North Allegheny Begins the Journey

It was great to be onsite in North Allegheny this summer as they began their journey to redefine teaching and learning in their district.



The day was filled with thoughtful discussions around the idea of “architecting” relevant and deeper learning experiences for students. It is going to be exciting to see how North Allegheny “builds” their modern classrooms to better prepare students for the ever-changing world in which they live!

Building Excitement in the Community for Back to School @CajonValleyUSD

Welcoming staff and students #BackToSchool, the Cajon Valley Union School District – in conjunction with the El Cajon Police Dept, Heartland Fire & Rescue, and hundreds of community members including council members from El Cajon, California – convened a flash mob to music from the hit movie Grease at the El Cajon Car Show on Main Street, El Cajon .

Cajon Valley Union School District is a national leader in partnering with the local community to re-imagine how and where learning takes place for its students.

Deep Thinking in Eastern York School District

Deep Thinking in Eastern York School District

It was great to be onsite this summer as another district engaged in the work to create modern learning environments at scale.

The day was filled with great discussions, innovative ideas and deep thinking about the future of teaching and learning in Eastern York School District.



Welcome to the Modern Teacher Network. We are excited to see what the future holds for Eastern York School District!