From January to May, the Teaching Systems Lab ran two massive open online courses: Design Thinking for Leading and Learning and Launching Innovation in Schools. These courses emphasized the importance of both learning from your colleagues and showcasing your own expertise and great work. To build off the success of these courses, MIT’s Teaching Systems Lab is hosting a day-long Edcamp on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
An Edcamp is a free, participant-driven, informal conference that invites educators to share their professional knowledge with one another. From 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Edcamp Cambridge participants will engage in several 50-min sessions. Familiar faces from the MOOC will also be attending: Instructors Dr. Justin Reich and Dr. Peter Senge, school leaders who were featured in the MOOCs as well as designers from TSL and MIT.
Justin is the executive director of the Teaching Systems Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is also the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. He writes the EdTechResearcher blog for Education Week, and his writings have appeared in Science, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Educational Researcher, the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications.
Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He studies decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations so as to enhance the ability of employees to work productively toward common goals. Senge is the founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions.”
He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization (1990) which introduced the theory of learning organizations, and co-author of both The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations (1999) and the award-winning Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education (2000).