In support of the Getting Smart Podcast’s “difference-making” focus, The Learner First’s Joanne McEachen sat down with Getting Smart CEO Tom Vander Ark for a conversation on her new book, The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis: A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools.

Contributive learning means “learning to add to the world.” As Joanne explains on the podcast, students learn to contribute by developing self-understanding, connections with others and the world, and the knowledge and competency to respond well to challenges and live in ways that improve people’s lives. Throughout their conversation, Joanne and Tom discuss The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis, how to make the commitment to contributive learning, and the first five phases of the Change Team Experience, a professional learning journey for schools:

  • Phase 1: Start with yourselves
  • Phase 2: Pinpoint your purpose
  • Phase 3: Dive into outcomes
  • Phase 4: Plot your position
  • Phase 5: Commit to contribution

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis is available as a paperback and eBook on Amazon. You can watch a video of Joanne and Tom’s conversation or listen to the recording here.