Are these the skills and values you are looking for? | Jeff Burstein | 4 Min Read

March 14, 2023 

There is a lot of talk these days about how to teach basic executive functioning skills in schools as well as SEL, DEI, and stress reduction. With learning and social-emotional skill loss due to COVID, teachers are feeling the pressure to refactor existing lesson plans to include DEIJ and SEL, promote student agency, differentiate learning opportunities, and help catch up on missing skills and knowledge that might be contributing to the burnout we have been witnessing. 

As an enterprise agile coach, I would encourage teachers to simplify their job by “doing less”. For close to two decades I have coached leaders in the private and public sectors on how to engage with “knowledge workers with the intention of delivering the highest quality experience to the customer.” In that time I have leveraged many frameworks and methods, each designed to help organizations simplify and improve on Quality, Predictability, Productivity, and Employee/Customer Satisfaction. Regardless of the approach, practices, and tools, success has always come down to values and how aligned the teams of people, responsible for their delivery, are with those values. 

The skills and values found in the Learning-Educational Agile Framework (L-EAF,) support teams and their ability to respect and value diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice in education while actively participating in the learning journey. The framework prioritizes the development of a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, where every student feels valued and respected, and is provided a space to share their voice and idea flow, where the responsibility for learning is shared by all. Students learn that better results are generated when worked on with more people, with a wider range of skills and backgrounds, and when partnered with peers who are aligned on a shared goal. 

Collaboration is key to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone can contribute to their full potential based on their unique life experiences. By bringing together different perspectives, views, and backgrounds, teams tap into a wide range of skills and knowledge, which can lead to a more meaningful and impactful educational experience. The goal is to create a culture where differences are appreciated, and everyone feels heard and seen. 

Transparency is a critical component in building trust between students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders. It encourages open communication, accountability, and a shared understanding of goals and expectations. This can help to ensure that everyone is working towards…

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Jeff Burstein

Jeff Burstein is an innovator, founder, consultant, speaker and Enterprise Agile Coach with over 20 years experience in helping companies and government agencies discover a better way of working. The 2020 pandemic precipitated the birth of a new company. IQ4Agile was created to bring solutions to the crisis facing worldwide educational systems. The company directive is to change the education sector from legacy, rigid systems and pivot them to function and succeed at a high level in our “new reality.” Jeff initiated a collaboration of leaders from both the transformation and educational space to develop a new scaling Agile framework called It can best be defined as “an emerging open source Agile framework designed around the complexities of Education and the Education sector.” The goal is to meet the unique complexities inherent in educational systems and to switch the conversation to a student-centered focus, creating truly pull based education systems. As an organization, Jeff established so teachers can, once again, love teaching while students develop their own love of life long learning. It is in this commitment to ensure that these skills and practices are available to every student, regardless of constraints that aligns the work being done by the NativityMiguel Coalition and Jeff has held many roles as Agile Coach, Scrum Master, Program Manager, Project Manager and SAFe Enterprise Agile Coach in companies such as Florida Power and Light, USAA, Lowes, TransUnion, FedEx and many other organizations. He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina and when he is not busy coaching-he enjoys coffee, the outdoors and spending time with his family.