Scrum In School

Why?

Welcome.  My name is Michael Vizdos and I am convinced our current educational system — worldwide — is a relic of the Industrial Age where people (children) are still taught:

  • DO NOT think critically
  • DO NOT  question authority
  • DO NOT  learn the love of learning
  • DO NOT create or explore new ideas.

In April (2016) I co-facilitated a group of educators — from around the world — in creating their version of an “Agile Manifesto” (and they did not call it another manifesto).

This was the main outcome our three days together in Orlando, Florida:

The Agile In Education Compass

Together, we are discoverers of the world and ourselves.

The world is no longer predictable and learning needs to be more adaptive, connected, and interdependent. Education can respond to this constantly changing landscape with agility.

Through our journey, new paths unfold to reveal learning authentic to us.

– AgileInEducation.org

2020 UPDATE: I’ve been working with many of the original people from the 2016 group with the Scrum Alliance in creating new learning objectives to help certify teachers (and administrators eventually) in bringing these concepts into the classroom to work with students.  It’s amazing and you’ll see some things happening later in 2020++ on this new initiative!

The Journey.

If you are passionate about learning how to bring Scrum — and other Agile techniques — into schools anywhere around the world…

I’d like to share my story with you for a few moments and invite you to join me on this journey.

Welcome.  I am glad you are here.

My name is Michael Vizdos and I created  Implementing Scrum many years ago.

​You can follow me on twitter (@mvizdos) for “me” in real life and sharing this among the context of other things I do (or see other places you can follow me at socialmedia.mvizdos.com.

Let me tell you a bit about WhyHow, and What I do with Scrum in School today.

This is a pretty long read so you may want to bookmark it and come back later to digest it.

This is a description of what I am doing to help change the way education is delivered in the 21st century.

NOT… “Going to be delivered.”

It’s Happening.  Today.  Right now.

It’s a very specific case of one person (me) working with people who care (my sponsors) and continuing to grow and learn together.

You can read about “How” I do this more below….

Remember:
I am an entrepreneur who runs a company. I am not a full time educator or teacher.

I volunteer with students in the classroom, work within administrative levels and regularly speak at middle schools through higher education on the topic of Scrum and other Agile techniques.

You are welcome to join us on this journey together.

For more information about others who share our common goals, please review our “Agile in Education Compass” at www.AgileInEducation.org.

Join me — and others — there today.  It’s FREE.

LET’s TALK

Where and how?

This – where I am so far today [last update July 15, 2020] – did not happen overnight and it is still a work-in-process as we all learn more together and evolve.

It’s a journey

FLL (FIRST Lego League)
Richmond, Virginia

I worked with a local middle school team in Implementing Scrum with a team of 8-13 year old people.

​During our third — and final year [2017] —  for that team, the students advanced to the State level competition (and had a blast!).

Hope High School
​Phoenix, Arizona

For the past eight years I have worked with Hope High School (in Phoenix, Arizona USA) to transform the way they run their entire school.

We have run multiple Certified ScrumMaster workshops that have included students, faculty, staff and administrators from Blueprint Education (a charter school in Arizona).

It’s spreading to more schools within their system [and online].

​It’s an AWESOME project.

This is a video of our story:

Grandview Preparatory School
Boca Raton, Florida

Toward the end of 2016, I worked together with John Miller (AgileClassrooms.com) at this school to begin “flipping the classroom” with a three day workshop [awesome again!!].

We continue to work with them as they transition to a new way of working together as students, teachers and administrators.

This is a video of our story:​

Iowa Big
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I was invited to volunteer with John Miller [again!] during the Summer of 2017 to help facilitate another Agile Classrooms workshop.

This was for teachers and administrators at this concept school called Iowa Big and other people interested in bringing this to their schools from the midwest areas.

Wow.

I was totally blown away of what the team of people in Cedar Rapids (and surrounding areas), Iowa are DOING.

Take “project-based learning” and combine it with the framework of Scrum and BOOM.  No kidding.

The possibilities here are enormous and I want others to understand what what is not only possible but is HAPPENING today.

I continue to be amazed at what is REALLY happening in the world today.

What can I (you, dear reader) do?

What you do next is your choice.

If you are interested in having a conversation about Why, How, and What we can do together please contact me and let’s talk.

Really.  I’ll share whatever I have with you.

Schedule a conversation with me; today, the best way for that to happen is via calendar.mvizdos.com (this is a pretty good way for you to select the best time for us to talk).

Let’s start there.  No sales pressure [remember… I am not selling anything around this topic — I am a volunteer for all of this too].

Just a conversation.  Really.

We can figure out how to go from there.

I will help where and how I can — even if it is “just” remote support and conversations.

I actually have no idea if anyone else cares about this topic and this is one way for me to find out; if there is a bigger interest we can work on the next steps together if you are interested.  Join us (free) at AgileInEducation.org for an ongoing conversation.

If you have read this far, please realize Why, How, and What we can do together fits into the larger picture of Agile In Education.

Please follow me on social media channels at michaelvizdos.com/social-media.

And. There are more of “us” in the world.

I am a member of an Alliance of other people — and organizations — interested in changing the future of Education using Scrum (and other Agile techniques) within the classroom, with staff (educators and teachers) and administration.

Join the conversation with others around the world — FREE — at www.AgileInEducation.org.

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