Having more energy left at the end of the day: Bringing Agility into our classrooms | Jessica Cavallaro & Simon Holzapfel | 7 Min Read

June 20, 2023

There is an energy crisis happening in education now. The crisis is impacting millions of young learners each day in schools across the country and much of the world. The crisis is empty classrooms across the U.S. and thousands of highly skilled educators seeking refuge outside the profession. 

Unlike other energy crises, this one does not rely on anything other than how we teachers structure our classroom time. This energy crisis isn’t expensive to fix, nor does it take a long time to address. However, it takes a shift in practice and perspective—one that is decades overdue. Teachers whose energy is being drained by the chaos of recent years are finding deep wells of energy and student engagement when they shift to PULL new ways of learning that are profoundly student-centered and fundamentally adaptive. 

A teacher’s role is vital to the success of happy and healthy students, but in recent times, teachers have expressed that the amount of work they are asked to complete by their supervisors is beyond what they can handle. Teachers fleeing the field of education is not a new phenomenon—it has only exploded in the past few years. Teachers feel that there…

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Jessica Cavallaro

As the co-founder of The Agile Mind and Chief Academic Officer of a pioneering online high school, Jessica Cavallaro is a key player in the educational revolution, infusing K-12 learning with Agile methodologies. Her 15-year tenure in education has been marked by a dedication to crafting meaningful educational experiences that drive classroom innovation and foster inquisitiveness. Jessica is dedicated to creating systems that enhance student autonomy, ensuring that every learner's voice is heard and valued. Beyond her educational leadership, Jessica is an esteemed keynote speaker, spreading her vision for transformative education and the critical role of flexibility in learning.