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KEYNOTE: The Blaze of COVID: Ecological Succession of the Educational Landscape
Ecological succession is the process of plant communities replacing each other over time. The system of education has progressed over the last two centuries, following a similar pattern. Then, the pandemic hit. The virus that has brought the world to its knees has also shuttered school doors all over the world and forced teachers and students to do their learning online. The pandemic has been to education what a wildfire is to a plant community. This wildfire is our opportunity to rethink education. We can leave behind models that promote systemic inequities and move confidently into the unknown world that awaits our students. The future of the world is in our classrooms. The landscape of the future will involve jobs that we never knew existed, tackling problems that don't yet exist, using technology that has not yet been invented. Our students must be equipped with the skills and knowledge to succeed in an inconceivable future with resilience and fortitude. We want our students to be expert humans, so we as teachers need to lead that charge. We are resilient and resourceful, and we can transform ourselves into professional educators who will change the face of education.
This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
Linda Rost

Linda Rost is the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year and a Top 4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She teaches biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and science research for grades 10-12 at Baker High School in Baker, MT. She has successfully facilitated an award-winning science research program and in her twelve-year career, twenty-two of her students have competed at national or international science competitions. Rost obtained a Bachelor of Science in Range Science from New Mexico State University, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master of Science in Science Education from Montana State University - Bozeman. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction - STEM from Texas Tech University.