Welcome to Roots: A Getting Smart Community

Innovation for Equity.

About Us

Roots is a community of educators and education leaders who love thinking about how to do learning differently to better serve ALL young people. It is a place to share generously, to learn out loud, to attend when you are able and to build networks towards justice, equity and powerful learning.

It is a space to learn and grow personally as well as professionally and a growing family that cares deeply for each other, our students and our planet.

Core Tenants

Share Generously: Share your ideas widely and without reservation. 

Be Kind: Kindness brings out the best in all of us. A community built on kindness is a community that will last.

Hold Hope: This process isn’t easy. Seriously, education is one of the hardest systems to implement positive change in. We are all in this together. Stay hopeful.

Think and Rethink: Many of us have been doing this a long time, and may have arrived at the “right” answer. In this group we ask you to hold your thoughts and opinions lightly as we seek to change together and find the best ways forward.

Listen and Learn: Everyone in this community has many things to teach and share and many things to hear and learn. Active, empathetic listening is a requirement of the Roots community. 

You may want to join if...

  • You are ready to make innovations in learning a reality

  • You feel siloed and want a community of innovators to support your growth as an educator 

  • You want a community of people who care about you and your work

  • You are in search of a place to test ideas about the future of learning

  • You need new ideas about education, teaching, leading and learning

  • You are committed to a learner-centered future

  • You want to co-author a powerful professional learning opportunity

You'll get access to...

  • A structured platform for commenting, conversing and engaging
  • Virtual Getting Smart events
  • A global network of edleaders
  • Our weekly podcast club
  • Our weekly poem
  • Conversations with the authors on the Getting Smart blog
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