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School Networks: Getting Beyond the Technical

By Corey Mohn

I am constantly amazed how many people become interested in being part of our school network so they can “get the stuff.” As soon as we make a partnership official with a new affiliate, the first question is typically: “When can we get a copy of your curriculum?”  While this is flattering, it completely misses the larger point of why our network exists. Human beings like to “check the box” – and being able to say we have acquired appropriate technical tools makes us feel good. Achievement-driven educators are manic worker bees that value productivity. Unfortunately, technical tools cannot set a culture for your program or build your community. These are two critical components to school revolution that require relationship building and elbow grease. Read more.