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The Continued Journey of the Digital Convergence Framework

Across the country, a fundamental movement continues to take shape as school districts embark on the journey toward the personalized, modern learning environment. New champions begin to emerge and promote the transition. Instructional models evolve to accommodate unique profiles for individual learners. Curriculum changes to offer authentic learning experiences. Digital resources become integrated and connected. Professional learning programs prepare school-based leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher cohorts to lead and support the shift toward the modern classroom. The conditions are set for the modern learning environment to scale. And the next phase begins.

In The Shape of Change, Dr. Shawn K. Smith identifies the common experiences districts face as they enter Stage 4 and 5 of the Digital Convergence Framework. While districts take a unique path in the Framework, Dr. Smith identifies the common patterns that drive and detract from progress. Using these common patterns, district leaders can diagnose the barriers preventing progress, while gaining immediate action items to move forward.

This book teaches educational leaders how to:

  • Anticipate and understand the changing conditions in the district in five key areas
  • Use change management strategies to scale the modern learning environment
  • Establish a proficiency model for school-based leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers
  • Set goal cycles to organize, measure, and recognize progress in manageable phases
  • Sustain momentum toward personalized learning through Digital Convergence

The Shape of Change extends the work of The New Agenda to give district leaders and stakeholders a road map for working through the Digital Convergence Framework as the modern learning environment becomes institutionalized and teachers become “champions” of twenty-first-century teaching and learning.

Download an excerpt of the book here.

Dr. Shawn K. Smith


Dr. Shawn K. Smith is a national leader on issues surrounding digital education and pedagogy and is currently serving as President of Modern Teacher. He is compelled to preserve education’s rich heritage and support America’s teachers and leaders as they transition traditional classrooms into modern learning environments.

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The Shape of Change: New Release from Education Futurist Dr. Shawn K. Smith

Last week marked the new release of Dr. Shawn K. Smith’s latest book, The Shape of Change: The Continued Journey of the Digital Convergence Framework, the second in a three-part series exploring the intersection between educational technology, personalized learning, and blended learning.

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Wisdom and Influence explores the enduring quest toward twenty-first-century education, calling on leaders to navigate the often-murky waters of power and influence in the Digital Convergence Framework, while offering readers guidance on how to accomplish this feat.


In The New Agenda, Dr. Shawn K. Smith presents the validated methodology for transitioning K-12 school districts from traditional classrooms to personalized, modern learning environments.


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