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Get to Success with NGLC Consulting

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It's an exciting moment in K-12 education. Many school communities want to prepare their students for the fast-changing world but are discovering how hard transforming schools can be.

The truth is, leading this kind of change is challenging. NGLC provides customized guidance and deep learning experiences to help your community solve this challenge.

 
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What We Offer

NGLC helps educators and community members create new designs for learning in their schools.

Moving big ideas in education into everyday use without losing the power, promise, complexity, and depth of the original ideas: this may be the hardest part of next gen learning

New designs for learning are not static, cookie-cutter, off-the-shelf recipes. They must be responsive to the ongoing, accelerating change in social, economic, and technology conditions. They must reflect an ever-deepening understanding about learning and learners. And they must draw upon the assets, strengths, and needs of your community. 

NGLC consulting can help you build internal capacity, engage your community, and create enabling and equitable systems so that your new designs for learning lead to meaningful and lasting impact.

 

Interested?

"Be Bold" Thought Partner

Are you starting a new school, modernizing your district’s curriculum, exploring new learning designs like personalized learning, competency-based education, or project-based learning, or seeking new solutions to persistent achievement gaps? NGLC expert consultants provide customized guidance so you can leverage the best of the research and practice of our time:

  • The NGLC MyWays Student Success Framework, a set of 20 competencies organized around four domains of learning based on a comprehensive study of learning science, workforce development and 21st century jobs, and youth development. MyWays also offers learning and assessment designs aligned to this new definition of success.
  • The nationally-recognized, innovative practices developed and refined by leading educators in next gen schools across the U.S. From curriculum and instruction to resource allocation to professional learning and change management, we bring seven years of lessons learned to your doorstep.

These resources, combined with NGLC's expertise, enable you to be bold. As your thought partner, you might call upon us to ask challenging questions to push your design, connect you to other schools and organizations with expertise related to your most pressing needs, offer advice on common challenges and wicked problems, provide concrete recommendations for leading change in your community, or help you map out the next steps in your journey.

"Be Connected" Community Engagement

Who has joined you in the work of redesigning school? What are the highest priority job sectors in your community? What do families in your neighborhood most want for their children? What challenges do the young people in your school face and what opportunities are available for them to create a successful life? Before you dive into creating a new learning and assessment design, NGLC believes you must start by redefining what success means for the young people in your community. In order to do that well, connect with everyone in your community—educators, students, families, community leaders, employers, and more—to develop a shared understanding of how the world is changing and the developmental needs of today's adolescents. Our team will help you organize a set of community events focused on one or more of these options:

  • Introduce the urgent need for change
  • Begin to create a broader, deeper success framework for your students
  • Determine what redefined success then means for learning in your schools
  • Surface multiple, diverse "Voices of Learning" from your local community

"Be Courageous" Professional Learning Workshops

The success of any change effort depends upon creating the environment and the opportunity for everyone in the system to do their best possible work. We will help you develop the talent within your community to support your shift toward equitable next gen learning. While our library of professional learning workshops is growing, we currently offer facilitated workshops on redefining student success for teams of courageous district staff, school leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher-leaders. Our base half-day workshop, "Challenges and Opportunities for a Changing World" may be matched with additional modules depending on your teams' needs and interests. These modules may be presented in a single workshop, a multi-day training, or a year-long experience with virtual touchpoints between modules.

Design Principles

 Photo by Paul Schnaittacher

Photo by Paul Schnaittacher

These design principles guide our consulting practice.

  1. Networks for Learning. Our consulting practice relies upon the expertise of educators within the NGLC network who are national leaders in next gen learning design and implementation. We apply their lessons learned and years of hard-earned advice to your goals, and seek opportunities to create purposeful, direct connections to next gen learning leaders whenever possible. 
     
  2. Community-based Design. We engage in school and learning design that is local, grounded in the needs and assets of your community, and created and owned by the educators, students, families, and other members of your community. We encourage authentic and equitable community engagement at every step.
     
  3. Designing for Equity. Equity and inclusiveness are at the heart of our work, intentionally woven into the consulting engagement and in the new learning designs in your schools. Our consulting approaches and design processes acknowledge the inequities that persist in the nation’s public education system and the potential for our own biases and practices to perpetuate these inequities. We respond by asking questions, inviting multiple voices, and addressing bias and oppression as they become known.
     
  4. Learning Mindset. We are a learning organization and work with communities that commit to a learning mindset: an openness to new ideas, a vulnerability to make mistakes, and an invitation to include all voices. The consulting engagement is itself a professional learning experience and mirrors the kind of learning we want for students.
     
  5. Next Gen School Design. We are committed to bold, new ideas for school and learning designs that continuously respond to changing conditions in our world. Design principles for next gen schools keep students at the center, focus on equity, hold high expectations for students and adults, respond to the "agency" of both students and adults who are in charge of their own learning and development, recognize that learning is a social endeavor, and support real-world learning through direct hands-on experiences.
 
 
 
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The most critical supports, we’re learning, come not from generic consultants with technical expertise, but rather from outsiders who can help leaders think through key decisions and a sound game plan…. This specialized role is emerging as one of the most important kinds of help a school can have as it tries to make the leap to personalized instruction for every student.
— Betheny Gross & Colleen McCann, CRPE
 
I cannot emphasize enough the impact MyWays had on students in our school.
— Jonathan Vander Els, NHLI & former principal