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COMMON GROUND COLLABORATIVE



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What is the Hackathon?
The Hackathon is where the CGC will live up to its name: a Collaborative  week of co-creation where we map out the knowledge base that is our Common Ground as human beings. We will provide a bold, collective answer to our key question, "What’s Worth Learning and Why?" by working in teams to complete a coherent set of Learning Modules mapped into a connected Learning Matrix. This has never been attempted before in this way, but we are confident in our ability to pull this off…by collaborating!

What will we produce?
Our plan is to have a minimum of 44 Learning Modules mapped into the Learning Matrix by June 2020. Not all of these will be completed at the Hackathon as we already have a good number nearing completion.

Will we start "from scratch"?
No; we’ve found that a great deal of pre-work needs to take place in order to complete Modules to a high quality. The Modules we will work on at the Hackathon will already contain the "front end" of Title, Story and Learning Goals. The main work in April will be to develop, in each Module, a compelling set of inquiry-based learning experiences for our students.

How will we organise ourselves?
Once we have all the participants registered we will organise everyone into small teams of 2-3. Each team will be responsible for completing 3 Learning Modules.

Will we include ‘"other voices"?
We are firmly committed to the notion of "stakeholder voice and choice". Our students are the primary learning stakeholders in this bold enterprise, so we are inviting students from schools in Brussels to work with us...not as "helpers" but as co-creators!

How will the week look?
We will work informally, with various locally-influenced snacks and surprises, working breaks and drinks available throughout. We want this event to be fun and special, as well as really hard work! Here’s the basic outline below:

The Schedule

Sunday, 19 April

Arrivals

18:00-19:00 - informal reception


Monday, 20 April

07:30 - Central team assembles

08:00 - Central team, fine-tuning plans

10:00 - All assemble. Introductions and warm-up session

12:00 - Working Lunch

12:45 - All writing teams: intensive professional learning sessions: ‘The CGC: Bringing it all together’ +‘Getting ready for writing’

16:00 - Break

16:20 - Sharing Stories

17:00 - Wrap up


Tuesday, 21 April

07:30 - Coffee etc

08:00 - Co-writing in teams

12:00 - Working Lunch

12:45 - Co-writing in teams

16:00 - Break

16:20 - Sharing Stories

17:00 - Wrap up


Wednesday, 22 April

07:30 - Coffee etc

08:00 - Co-writing in teams

12:00 - Working Lunch

12:45 - Co-writing in teams

16:00 - Break

16:20 - Sharing Stories

17:00 - Wrap up


Thursday, 23 April

07:30 - Coffee etc

08:00 - Co-writing in teams

12:00 - Working Lunch

12:45 - Co-writing in teams

16:00 - Break

16:20 - Sharing Stories

17:00 - Wrap up.

1830 - Informal Dinner 


Friday, 24 April

07:30 - Coffee etc

08:00 - Compiling the Matrix

12:00 - Working Lunch

12:45 - Compiling the Matrix. Fine-tuning

16:00 - Break

16:20 - Celebrating our Success

17:00 - Wrap up. Bon Voyage



Will we "just be working?"
As you will gather from the schedule, the work will be intensive, but we have also planned a number of other professional learning sessions and some fascinating sharing of successes and stories...there’s some inspiring stuff going on in your schools!

What are the dates and times?
Participants will need to arrive on Sunday 19th April ready for a staggered start on Monday 20th April. Everyone will be free to leave after 16:00 on April 24th.

What are the costs?
Schools/participants will cover their own travel, accommodation and dinners, apart from the Thursday Night Dinner. We are trying to keep other costs as low as possible, just enough to cover the venue, materials and meals. We are asking schools to make a contribution of EUROS 35O per participant. If this is problematic for the school, please let us know.

Where do we stay?
The meeting space for the Hackathon is located in central Brussels, not far from the Grand Place and Central Train Station (an easy train ride from the airport). As Brussels has plenty reasonably priced hotels in the area, we thought it best that everyone book their own accommodations (always better deals on hotel websites!).

The address of the event space is Galerie du Roi 30, 1000 Brussel, and below are a few hotels within walking distance - but there are plenty more nearby to choose from.

How do we sign up?
The Sign-up Form is at the foot of this message.

Given the nature of the work, participants must be nominated by their schools. We are assembling a team of professionals who:

  • Are accomplished, experienced "module (unit) writers".
  • Have a commitment to our shared vision and a passion for this work.
  • Are confident in writing for one or more of the following grade level bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10.
  • Have sound disciplinary knowledge in social studies and/or science and/or literacy.
  • Have a positive attitude, high tolerance of ambiguity, plenty of stamina and an overabundance of resilience!

What sources will we be using?
We will be referencing a wide range of sources, including familiar "Standards" such as Common Core, NGSS etc.

However, we would observe that these lists, while now recognised as overloaded in terms of quantity, also tend to reflect what has been taught in schools. We are determined to balance the unquestioned value of these standards by referencing a range of other sources, from writers whom we believe are highlighting what should be taught, and may not be. These thinkers are raising issues that concern the future of humanity and are providing us with a greater balance of Learning Goals, directly addressing the key question driving the Hackathon, "What’s Worth Learning...and Why?".

We therefore ask that all Hackathon attendees, beyond being familiar with the usual sources, also commit to reading/viewing at least one of the following:

  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Talking To My Daughter about the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  • The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
  • Viewing: Planet Earth II (BBC); The Blue Planet II (BBC)

Please feel free to suggest other sources of similar scope and quality by emailing it to info@thecgcproject.org and we will share it with other attendees. 

How should we prepare in advance?
As soon as we have the first sign-ups, we’ll create multi-school teams and connect you to each other through our online community. That should be by end-Jan. We have a CGC Learning Design Team meeting in January. Following that, we’ll send out reference sources and Module Titles to teams, and conversations can begin, so that we all come in April really ready. Also, please try to read at least one of the insightful works in the list above.

Recognising the work
This will be a week of intensive learning, great productivity and unique impact…common ground-breaking work, in fact. In recognition of your contributions and of the fact that this will be an "I was there" moment, each participant will receive a suitably worded CGC Certificate.

...and, yes, there will be T-shirts!


Sign Up


Ready to sign up? Please have the school leader fill in the nomination form and we will get right back to you. 

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The Common Ground Collaborative
Rue Montagne de l'Oratoire 28, Bte 46
1000 Brussels, Belgium

info @ commongroundcollaborative.org


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