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Agile in Education

By Michael Vizdos

21st Century Learning.  Today.

Do you remember what it was like going to school (years or even decades ago)?
Close your eyes for a moment and think about the things that made it a horrible experience.
Next, close your eyes for a moment and consider the things that made it an incredible experience.
Jot down your experience and thoughts on paper.

I’d bet that for many of us, when completely honest in our reflection, the experience felt like going through the motions of an industrial age machine that prepared people for being cogs in a wheel.
Some people talk about creating “21st Century Learning ” in the future, forgetting that we are now 20+ years into the new century.

The current education system (in the United States and worldwide) is broken and a legacy of our past.

We cannot blame the students or teachers for this; they are working within a broken system created by administrators and politicians who learned one way (back in the 20th century) and are trying to maintain their house of cards.

                                                                                                                                                  It’s collapsing.
Instead, what if people:

  • Attend school and look forward to it (both students and teachers)?
  • Learn how to learn (a required skill in this century)?
  • Leave the education system prepared to work in teams that embrace agility (and not require training people how to think in their organizations)?
  • Transform their school and district into an agile and responsive community?

This change is happening around the world today.
In practice.  Not theory.
An incredible experience.

Your Next Step

Get Started.

Watch this video produced by Scrum Alliance (get some tissues) to see an introduction of what is possible, review more information about how a district and their schools are implementing Agile In Education here.
Join our free community of students, educators, administrators, parents, and people from organizations around the world who are interested in making a difference at www.AgileInEducation.org.

Agile In Education.  21st Century Learning.  Today.
Learn more about the author, Michael Vizdos, at www.michaelvizdos.com/about and his experience with Agile in Education at www.ScrumInSchool.org.

By Michael Vizdos
Managing Director, Vizdos Enterprises, LLC

Michael is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with the Scrum Alliance.  He has been in the industry for over thirty years. He is an early agile pioneer and co-authored a book with Scott Ambler about scaling processes within an enterprise. 

Michael regularly delivers workshops and speaks at user groups and conferences internationally. He is the Scrum Master in Residence at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), an Agile
Coach for Blueprint Education, and co-creator of both the Agile in Education Compass and the Agile Educators Guide. You can learn more about his journey collaborating with schools and districts around the world at ScrumInSchool.org.

Disclaimer: The ideas, views, and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of International Institute for Learning or any entities they represent.

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