Guest host for Session 12
Ever since our first few moments with Michelle, we’ve been in love with her ability to extend the fingers of her being toward the future, always looking for ways that play, collaboration, learning, conversation, and collaboration can help us imagine and move creatively toward a world we want for ourselves and for one another.
We feel blessed to have Michelle as a conversation partner, and tickled that she can be part of your experience in this adaptive space.
Learning Instigator. Love Activist. Transformer.
Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher and has taught over 22 years in public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.) She co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. Currently, she is seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Her current interests are in game based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, the environment and teacher empowerment. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Center for Urban Education, UrbanKind Institute, South Fayette SD, Theater of the Oppressed Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance, SocialVR, Carnegie Science Center FAB Lab, Girl Up, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to co-create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.
Current Conundrums: What do humans need to learn now? How might we create empathetic institutions that remind us of our humanity? How might we re-design for equity and social justice in and out of school learning? How might we design learning institutions to build connections? How might we allow those connections to help us re-see the worlds we inhabit? How might we embrace silence in our lives? How might we integrate our inner and outer environments as humans? How might we co-create the Beloved Community?