How Agile & SCRUM Make Me a Better Teacher | Jessica Cavallaro | 3 Min Read

June 25, 2021

After being sent home last March the world has shifted dramatically. The assumptions that were held as true seem old and antiquated. Educators have been on the front line of this shift. After being sent home for “two weeks” on a sunny Friday afternoon the perception of purposeful education has to be reimagined. 

It quickly became clear that taking lesson plans from the classroom to virtual was not functional. Educators need to adapt at lightning speed to the needs of their students, but the world of virtual teaching was too new and too fresh. There was so much going on. Everyone was emotional and mentally drained. Educators, students, and parents were pushed beyond reasonable boundaries watching the systems that we were familiar with dissolve in front of us. 

Over a year later it is clear that education has shifted and desperately needs an overhaul. The current education system is preparing students for jobs that do not exist. The rote memorization, assembly line, “do as you’re told” world of careers has evaporated with the automation and rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI).  

What we need are problem solvers. People that can think creatively and with empathy. People that…

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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.