Ann Linson, Learning by Design and Failure

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Ann Linson joins us to discuss what it means to prepare prepare students for the real world within the context of a standardized testing driven culture. As Superintendent of the East Noble School Corporation in Indiana, she emphasizes the need to teach students the soft skills needed to develop learner agency as a part of college readiness. Ann emphasizes the value for students in learning from failure in the process. Listen in as she also describes the use of project-based learning and career exploration to encourage student self-discovery.



About Ann Linson


Ann Linson is in her eighth year as superintendent of East Noble School Corporation; a district of 3,700 students located in rural northeast Indiana. Her previous experiences include being a classroom business teacher at the high school and post-secondary levels, administrative positions as assistant director of a vocational cooperative, principal at East Noble High School, and assistant superintendent at East Noble School Corporation. Ann earned her Bachelor, Master, and Ed.S. degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.


She was selected as one of 20 superintendents for the “Speak Up Shout Out” Award in July, 2016; selected as one of 12 superintendents to participate in the Future Ready Superintendent Briefing with the U.S. Department of Education Secretary, October 2016; selected to attend the “Connected Superintendents Summit” at the White House in 2014, and named a NSBA Technology Leadership Network “20 to Watch Educator” for 2012–2013.


During Ann’s leadership at East Noble School Corporation, the district also received the Indiana Chapter of CoSN’s Excellence in Vision Team Award, selected as a Project Red Signature District, and selected to the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.



About East Noble School Corporation


East Noble School Corporation believes strongly in preparing its students for the world in which they will live. To achieve this goal, the district is focused on more than test scores, but on providing opportunities, experiences, and challenges that prepare students for post-secondary success. ENSC strongly believes that a high school diploma is not enough and that its students need to be ready for training beyond high school. ENSC recognizes its responsibility to help its students learn to learn and become lifelong learners.


Community and parent involvement is critical to the success of its students. Therefore, ENSC encourages and welcomes volunteers to help students and teachers. In addition, partnerships with business and industry play an important role in preparing ENSC’s students for future success.


As the district strives to equip its students with 21st Century skills, our district has implemented 1:1 computing. Each student has a technology device to use in the classroom to enhance instruction and prepare students to use technology as an effective tool. When walking into a classroom, you will see students working in small groups, listening to instruction in a traditional manner, collaborating on projects, investigating content of interest, reading, writing, using video, and many other instructional techniques with and without the use of a technology tool. Teachers are engaging students in lessons that are rigorous, relevant, and prepare them for a successful future.



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