Have you talked to teachers with "reform fatigue?" Have they experienced a “Pod” or “House” organization in the past and reverted back to classrooms due to a lack of support?
Have you observed bored students in classrooms?
What was really missing for those teachers and students? The teachers are mostly alone in their classroom, and the students are being taught as if they’re all the same, yet only individually if they have issues. What I think they’re missing is a sense of a) belonging – the concept of one leader and 25-30 followers all the same is an arbitrary one, not based on human need. And b) a sense of control over their teaching and learning.
Learning Communities are based on the concept of 150 people as a maximum group size. Everyone knows your name. You belong to an identifiable group. Organized with spaces of different sizes around a Learning Commons, students can personalize their learning, and are always visually supervised by an adult though transparent connections between spaces.
Come to the Learning Session in Indianapolis on Saturday, September 21, from 2:30 - 3:30 called "The DNA of Learning Community Design," and we can talk about the details face-to-face. Using this forum, share your thoughts and questions, and we can jump-start the conversation.