The philosophy and success of what we do at Workspace has created broad interest across the country and even around the world to learn more about our mission and how we educate our learners. Many other educational professionals are drawn to the Microschool concept, and want to learn more about how to develop a colearningMicroschool community. In February, Workspace hosted a training conferece to help edupreneurs from across the nation learn how to create a colearning/co-working space of their own. This past week, on May 6 and 7, we hosted our second such conference with more than 20 teams from across the nation, as the colearning network continues to expand.
We were fortunate to welcome back Tory Gattis of Microschool Revolution and Kate Fox from The Birch School as our co-hosts, along with our Founder and Executive Director, Cath Fraise. Among many others, Andrew Ravin joined us from The Workshop School in Brooklyn to share his unique Consultancy Protocol on honing a person’s focus to a specific “concrete hurdle” to overcome. Emily and Kyle Jensen, the founders of the Beacon School, joined us from Edmond, OK. The conference was held in our black box theater, the Film and Performance Studio, which also serves as a special event venue.
Dr. Lindsay Portnoy, a science journalist and lecturer at Northeastern who has been studying and writing about cognition, human development and assessment for over two decades, offered two presentations. She is releasing a new book, “Designed to Learn,” about the science of learning that underlies design thinking, in October 2019. On the evening of Monday the 6th, she delivered the conference Keynote address, entitled “Bugatti and The Brain: The striking similarity between play and gray (matter).” Based on decades of research in the field of cognitive science, she showed that “the most powerful way to learn is through experiential play” with a deep dive into the multimodal science of learning.
The second day of training, on Tuesday May 7, featured a “Choose Your Own Adventure” element that gave attendees an opportunity to explore Workspace’s 32,000 sq ft facility and it’s many learning labs and spaces, and to meet and discuss their ideas with both Workspace’s educators and members and also with other participants. While Day One focused on getting started, both as a group and also on the nuts and bolts of how to develop and grow a colearning community, Day Two showcased the unique flexibility and freedom of scheduling and movement that Workspace and colearning communities offer, which facilitates learning that is liberating, personalized, and child-centered.
The training conference was an exciting time for everyone involved, filled with new ideas and shared enthusiasm. Workspace was designed as a physical manifestation of the future of learning and of the colearning philosophy. When our guests experience our vision and community for the first time, their sense of hope and excitement is palpable. As pioneers in the Microschool movement, Workspace is dedicated to fostering the growth and development of colearning communities around the world, and we plan to hold these Microschool training conferences on a quarterly basis so that we can promote that goal. If you’d like to learn more about our work or are interested in future conferences, please click on this link, or find out more by browsing through this site.