Planning for EduScrum | Jessica Cavallaro | 6 Min Read

Jessica published an earlier article describing EduScrum on July 9, 2021.

Last summer, I was struck with a lightning bolt of inspiration. After being beaten and torn down by distance learning during a pandemic I knew that my teaching needed to adapt to our changing lifestyle. 

I found SCRUM and Agile by accident, but that accidental moment forever changed my life in and out of the classroom. 

Agile is a lightweight framework where self-selected teams collaborate to create small increments of work to achieve a large goal. There is constant communication through visual tools like a kanban board. There is constant reflection, flexibility to change as new issues arise, and the ability to fail and rebuild without severe consequence. 

It was clear from the moment I began my research that this was going to be the way to embed a standard curriculum with the essential skills that all students need to be successful in our ever-evolving world. Most importantly though, having no idea whether we would be in school, remote or hybrid, this was how my kids would stay connected and build community through this stressful time. 

Building background information is never my problem.  I am a speed…

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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.