#skolvåren, or schoolspring in English, is a grassroots movement for everyone interested in re-creating the school system, starting with answering the question "Why school?". Together with three other women I started this movement the 15th of February 2013. The movement will be what we make of it, its whole survival is based on the non-profit engagement of people who are willing to actually do something about the situation. Thats why it is also called an "ansvarsrörelse” (a movement based on responsibility). If you have an idea and want to do something to improve the school system, you can get in contact with #skolvåren to make it happen. Using the broad network and it’s social media platform reach the movement can help you find people who want to co-create with you and you can benefit from the knowledge that school spring’s back office and people in the network have gained after having hosted four away from keyboard meetings (called #afkSkolvåren), participated in and organized events during the Swedish democracy festival and politics week in Almedalen (#afkAlmedalen) and other engagements. The movement has a blog and a website. On the blog we publish peoples thoughts about school, learning and education.
It started as a callout on Twitter, where I asked if it would be possible for us to get 366 teachers to contribute to a year long blog project where a new person writes about school, education and learning from a different perspective each day. The idea was to change the climate of the school debate in social media, where the debate had taken a narrow minded and quite mean turn, mainly during 2015. A lot of people wanted to contribute so we expanded the writers idea and decides that everyone who wants to share thoughts, ideas and their every day work that is a constructive contribution to the school debate are welcome to write on the blog. People from everywhere in the world, of course! Read more about it, and join in, on skola365.com.
In Sweden we have something called First teachers. That´s a career appointment for teachers that have a special skill in some area of teaching. One of the teachers unions, Lärarförbundet, has a blog where four Swedish First Teachers shares thoughts, ideas and tips and tricks from their every day job. I´m one of the four writers on that blog, where I write approximatley once a month. Sometimes I write more, for example when I´m attending a teachers event like Skolforum.
In the fall of 2015 I got a new job, as a first teacher at the primary school Glömstaskolan, Huddinge municipality. The school were not yet built and besides from the principal I was the first one to be hired. During the school year 2015-2016 we started up with 30 sex year olds and six pedagogues, housed in another school not far from where our school house were being built. Together we started to build our dream school, piece by piece, step by step. At the platform Pedagogue Huddinge all employees from the first year are documenting our journey, in our blog Glömstaresan. Read more about how we are building a sustainable school in every aspect.
In the spring of 2013 me and Emil Jansson, whom I had never met other than in social media feeds, had a simultaneous idea that we should create a summertime podcast series where different people talked about school, education and learning. So we started to co-create this project and during the summer vacation of 2013 we made this pod go live. In the beginning of 2016 there were a total of 24 programs posted on the site and on iTunes. We called it 10minuter.se (10 minutes, because we recommended short contributions to get more listeners in a day and age where time is valuable).
This international workshop was a part of the Integral Leadership for Transition (Lift), an EU Grundtvig funded project. In each participating country a LiFT-group workshop wass organized and facilitated with around an urgent theme for community development. In the Swedish Workshop the initiative iS! cooperated with the #skolvåren organization (see above) which since 2013 has encouraged people to ask themselves the question "Why school? ".
Read more about the project here.
Read more about the project here.