Last week I attended November Learnings, Building Learning Communities (BLC16) Conference in Boston. This was my 5th BLC (I think) and it never ceases to amaze me what an inspiring group gathers every year in Boston. This year I presented three sessions and was also a keynote speaker. The keynote format follows a TEDTalk-style format. Four presenters, each with twenty minutes, and a common theme. My presentation was on Empathy in Education. I am hoping video of the presentations will be placed online in the coming months. Below are my slide presentations.
My biggest take-away from BLC16 was that the world is starting to filter through all the layers of education and get to (FINALLY) the heart of change...Empathy. There were several session lead by people like Caitlin Krause, a mindfulness expert and trainer who see the importance of understanding yourself, your environment, and your learners. BLC seldom focuses on tools, apps, and devices, but this year seemed different. IT felt like people are really starting to connect in a very meaningful way with the teaching & learning process.
It was great seeing old friends, making a few new ones, and taking a rather epic motorcycle ride from Ohio to Boston for the week. It was a beautiful city, beautiful weather, and inspiring people.