January 25, 2023 | By Kerry Friedman
LEARN Network advisor Vanessa Coleman chatted with host of The SRI Homeroom podcast Kori Hamilton Biagas to discuss her vision for supporting change in the education system. Coleman’s insights remind us that people bring their lived experiences to decision-making in education and that to impact change we must engage the hearts, minds, and lived experiences of people at the core of the system: teachers, administrators, families, and communities. Coleman says:
Similarly, she notes, as researchers we often fool ourselves into believing that who we are doesn’t somehow seep into this very rigorous work that we do because we’re so well trained.
This is why in design, development, and evaluation, Coleman encourages researchers to start from a place of reflection. She encourages the use of frameworks to help with level-setting by ensuring everyone is clear on the important components or considerations in the work and establishing common language and goals. In implementation, Coleman encourages establishing a process for learning that is intentional, iterative, and allows time to reflect and adjust.
Listen to the full episode of the SRI Homeroom podcast here: