Downers Grove Summit

The other day, I was working with a friend at the State Department of Public Instruction on one of my contract projects. I won’t go into detail, except that she has been trying to figure out a way to work Lorenz’ “Butterfly Effect” into the theme of the project.

She wrote down the following lines, out of her head, and after reading them twice, I hurredly copied them down in my notes.

Change is Energy.
It drives the future.

Change is connections.
The future is created one connection at a time!
Cris Crissman, PhD

Maybe it’s just me, but that string of words started off a hill of connections for me. The workshop will be facilitating in Downers Grove this week will be, at heart, all about connections, strange and wondrous connections, that fire from synapses that came into existence, only a matter of months ago.

How these new connections impact how and what we teach, will be the goal of the workshop — and I do not have the answers. Answers will come from talented and dedicated educators, who start making connections.

Please visit the wiki for the “Downers Grove Summit” ( Even if you are not part of the workshop, please feel free to comment on the wiki pages (click Discussion at the top of each page), and also read the emerging blogs from the participants and feel free to comment on them.

Thanks in advance, and have a great week.

2¢ coming!


Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.