Embracing Agile in Education: Empowering Students for the Future | Jessica Cavallaro | 6 Min Read

July 24, 2023

In a rapidly evolving world, the need for an adaptive and future-ready educational system has become more crucial than ever. Enter Agile, a dynamic framework that has gained significant traction across various industries for its ability to foster collaboration, innovation, and flexibility. As educators, it’s essential to understand that Agile is not a full curriculum or set of provided lessons but rather a transformative way of working that empowers students and reduces stress on teachers.

It is essential to clarify what Agile means in education and how it can revolutionize the learning experience for students and teachers alike.

Agile: A New Way of Working

Agile was created in the field of software development. Work was not efficient, did not meet its purpose, and was ignoring the needs of customers. Instead of developing a heavily rigid way of working by standardizing and boxing in creativity, Agile was adopted as a lean adaptive framework based on the needs of the developers and the customers. 

Agile is a flexible framework based on how humans work together. The values and principles highlight the need for clear communication, open collaboration, high levels of reflection, and completing work in small increments, all in the service of flexibility. But Agile’s impact is not limited to the tech industry. The same principles that have revolutionized software development can be effectively applied to education, fostering an environment where students and educators can thrive.

The Agile Way of Working in Education

At its heart, Agile in education emphasizes student engagement, collaboration, and self-directed learning. Rather than relying solely on traditional teaching methods, Agile encourages teachers to facilitate a more dynamic learning environment where students take an active role in their education. Agile is not a set of strict rules or a complete curriculum. It is a framework that builds a culture of learning and adapting. The teachers gain the autonomy they deserve and the students are empowered to personalize their learning. 

Agile classrooms are highly adaptive to the needs of the school, the teacher, and most importantly, the students. Some teachers slowly introduce elements of Agile, while others jump in head first. There is not a one size fits all approach to Agile, which is what makes it unique. The Agile framework is based on the needs of humans working and learning together.

It’s important to clarify that Agile does not replace the teacher’s expertise or…

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Jessica Cavallaro

Jessica Cavallaro is the co-founder of The Agile Mind, which interweaves Agile frameworks into K-12 education. She is passionate about the benefits of project based learning and creating purposeful education to drive innovation through inquiry. She is an advocate for developing systems that give students agency. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree at Pace University and Master’s in Education from Mercy College.