The Agile Model

Soil & Roots

The Soil we grow from is trust: in students, in each other, in you.14051737_1771729089717682_479298533455627458_n

Our Roots, the four assumptions that ground us, are as follows:

1.  Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.

2. Self-Direction: People learn best when they make their own decisions. Children are people.

3. Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the material they are taught. The medium is the message.

4. Success: Accomplishment is achieved through cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.

The Cycle of Personal Development



What do you want to accomplish today?

In an Agile Learning Community, we discern and articulate what we want to do, individually and as a group.

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What are you going to do about it?

Agile Learners spend their days exploring and inventing – once we know what we want, we create it.



What did you learn from your choices?

Looking back, we develop awareness of what worked and what didn’t, so we can move forward more powerfully.



How can you share it with the world?

We document our work to record, exhibit, and share our experience with others.

Culture Creation


Many people imagine that culture is something that we must simply accept, that it is unchangeable. The fact is, we can create and change culture intentionally, especially within a smaller community, like a school.

Embedding values and behaviors into the culture allows us to operate without an oppressive number of rules or overbearing structure. When the created culture becomes the new norm, the need to manipulate others’ behavior through punishments, incentives, or rewards is diminished.

Because everyone is participating in the culture creation, everyone is invested in supporting it. Tools that facilitate intentional culture creation serve to make implicit cultural norms explicit, help us practice new patterns of behavior through social agreement, and enhance accountability using increased visibility of intentions and results.