I love retreats
To start off the semester I participated in an academic retreat to define projects for our implementation at Campus Guadalajara for Tec21. I always enjoy participating in these activities and especially at the beginning of a semester and calendar year.
What is TEC21?
Here is the quote right from our website dedicated to the project:
El modelo educativo Tec21 permitirá desarrollar en las nuevas generaciones de alumnos del Tecnológico de Monterrey las competencias requeridas para desempeñarse con éxito en su profesión, realizarse como persona y actuar como ciudadano responsable del Siglo XXI.
* Note on April 7, 2015: the original site disappeared, I updated the link above to point to a relevant webpage about Tec21. – Ken
The quick translation (my own) would be that this model enables the development of new generations of students in the Tec de Monterrey with the skills to develop profesional excellence, realize their full potential as a person and act as a responsable citizen of the 21st century.
But What Does this Mean?
Well, personally I have my own opinions and I think we are still working on the how. The message from our leaders in the institution gives us an excellent goal. I really believe it is up to those of us “on the front lines” of educating our students to define how we are going to do this and bring it to practice. That is what these sessions were about: brainstorming some actual projects that we will work on as a team over this calendar year.
My Role in Tec21
Personally, I am extremely excited about our future as an educational institution. I believe our leadership are steering the ship in the right direction and aligning our people correctly. My main talking points or hashtags this year are the following: #FlipClass , #LearningIsSocial , #Engagement , #Communication , and #Sharing .
I have various projects in the cooker related to those themes and will be writing more about those more in the near future.
What do you like about retreats (academic or other)? If you are part of the Tec community, what are your plans to bring Tec21 from concept to practice?