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Audrey Watters said: These new technologies, oriented towards consumers and consumption, privilege an ideology of individualism. In education technology, as in advertising, this is labeled “personalization.” The flaw of traditional education systems, we are told, is that they focus too much on the group, the class, the collective. So we see education being reframed as […]
John Merrow said: Apparently it’s pretty simple for the folks administering the Broad Prize in Urban Education: Successful School Reform boils down to higher test scores. There is no public sign that anyone at the Foundation is questioning whether living and dying by test scores is a sensible pedagogy that benefits students. There is no public […]
from my Art Journal (May 2017) Closing one eye flattens the world. To draw a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional piece of paper, close one eye. (From: Parks, Carrie Stuart. Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces (p. 39). F+W Media. ) Here are a set of tools to help train your mind to recognize shapes. They are: Isolate: To see shapes by studying individual shapes separately. The
Pages Tuesday, May 23, 2017 A @CommonSenseEd Approach to Preparing #Ss for #13ReasonsWhy Innovative Educators know how important it is to be connected to what is happening in the lives of their students. If you teach secondary students then you know 13 Reasons Why is what's happening. The Netflix series is based on the about a teen girl who commits suicide, leaving behind a series of tapes that hold the story of her motives. The story takes place in the modern day where the element of plays a distinct role.
Walker Evans, Subway Portrait, 1941, Gelatin silver print, from here. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long. - Walker Evans, Many Are Called, quoted in the Afterward, p. 197. I. One birthday, Rob gave me a book of photographs made by Walker Evans. He knew my love for photography and
This interactive session was led by Cameron White of NewSchools Venture Fund. Joining him as panelists were Barbara Wade, Dr. Richard Charles, Daniel Munda, Eileen Murphy, Sunny Washington, and Gabriel Aduato. The session discusses equity in ed tech products and how teachers use these products to create authentic, real-word classroom learning experiences. The post appeared first on .
Pages Sunday, May 21, 2017 Even If You Hate Interactive Whiteboards You'll Love #Jamboard I’ve written more than a. So I was a little surprised, that when I saw Google’s Jamboard, I liked it. Here's why. To understand why, we have to start with what I hate about the interactive whiteboard design. What I hate is that the board is really designed to be interactive only for the sage(s) on the stage. So, while it is “interactive,” it is NOT collaborative. I’m not saying it’s impossible to collaborate with an interactive whiteboard, but the form was not designed for that function.
Devon at 6. I. The photograph above always reminds me that interests are far more important than any given direction. Devon wrote the first two lines --"Spring is here. I can play"--from dictation and with support. He was in kindergarten and had turned 6, two months earlier. I can remember that after he finished he thought for a moment and then he drew the triangle-like shape, paying a
Pages Saturday, May 20, 2017 The 3 Hottest Posts on The Innovative Educator Haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator? Don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss! What's hot this week? Making its way to the top for the first time is a post that acknowledges the fact that at some point everyone will experience digital confrontations, digital drama, and you may even make a mistake. It is what you do next that matters. Next up is a post that provides 6 strategies to avoid commenting turn offs in Facebook groups.
Part of a two-page spread. Bettina's handmade journal. Last month, when my art journaling group met we created handmade journals using composition book covers, file folders, and wax linen to bind the books. I used white file folders and have found that these work well as pages. I also have been surprised at how well paint (acrylic and watercolor) and collage papers adhere to the
4th graders creating a map 2nd grade teacher reading aloud a novel 20 years ago this month, I accepted the position of the director of literacy for Newark Public Schools in New Jersey. I was in my 30s and had just finished my dissertation and would defend it that next spring. The job was somewhat overwhelming given the academic needs that seemed so prevalent, the pressure heaved upon
The closing plenary of NewSchools Summit 2017 began with inspirational words from Paige Pence, a student from North Idaho STEM Prep. And, it closed with a spirited exchange of idea and philosophies from panelists who represent different political ideologies, but a share commitment to making sure every student has access to a high-quality education that prepares them to achieve their most ambitious hopes and dreams. Paige addressed a packed auditorium, saying, “In 7th grade, I was encouraged to begin taking college classes.
This thought-provoking session was moderated by Steve Drummond, Senior Editor at NPR. Joining him as panelists were Renee Hill (Assistant Superintendent at Riverside USD), Christina Barganza (VP at Achievement First), Ben Marcovitz (CEO at Collegiate Academies), and Tonika Cheek Clayton (Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund). The session defines the most critical needs of students with disabilities and identifies areas where technology could be a catalyst for change. The needs of special education students are wide and varied, and we need tech tools that are accessible to all students.
The session included a thought-provoking panel moderated by Impact for Education President, Alex Johnston as well as break out discussion time for attendees to discuss parent engagement Alex was joined by panelists, Whitney Henderson of EdNavigator, Kevin Knight, President and founder of full service research company, the K Group LTD, Nina Rees, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Maya Martin, founder of Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), and Aida Rodriguez, the Organizing Director at Parent Revolution.
This provocative session was led by Trabian Shorters, CEO of BMe Community. The session explores the award-winning approach called “asset-framing” to foster understanding and inspire constructive action to counter the narratives that the students and communities we serve are “threats” to America’s future. Some key quotes and takeaways from the session: The post appeared first on .
This interactive session was led by Cameron White of NewSchools Venture Fund. Joining him as panelists were Babara Wade, Dr. Richard Charles, Daniel Munda, Eileen Murphy, Sunny Washington, and Gabriel Aduato. The session discusses equity in edtech products and how teachers use these products to create authentic, real-word classroom learning experiences. Barbara Wade from Chicago Public Schools showed Ashburn High school students using ThinkCerca to learn about constitutional amendments and debate social issues using claims and evidence.
This candid small-group discussion was led by Shauntel Poulson from Reach Capital. Joining her at the table were Melissa Corto, Ben Grimley, Dr. Johnetta MacCalla, Rayford Davis, Maya Gat, Erin Mote and Cynthia Barbera. The discussion examined the current state of ed tech funding and how early stage companies can adjust their strategies to adjust to recent market changes. Following the funding bubble in 2015, the ed tech market has seen a reset from 2016-2017 and the bar is now higher for entreprenuers to raise seed funds.
This lively session was moderated by Transcend Education Co-Founder, Aylon Samouha. Joining him as panelists were Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, Head of School at Van Ness Elementary, Eli Kramer, Executive Director of Hiawatha Academies, and Jenn Charlot, from Transcend Education. The session discusses the work of two school leaders on the path to redesigning their schools and the design principles they are using to help them get there. The session highlights a few questions: Cynthia Robinson-Rivers shared how her school designed for the exceptional.
This provocative thought-provoking session was moderated by Mike Magee from Chiefs for Change. Joining him as speakers were Pedro Martinez from San Antonio, Hanna Skandera from New Mexico and Lewis Ferebee from Indianapolis. The session explored how education system leaders are capitalizing on the flexibility and local control offered by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At next year’s Summit, we look forward to hearing from the teachers who are making this work happen (instead of the systems leaders who are also interesting, but further removed).
We knew we wanted parent voices represented at this year’s Summit, so we spent the past eight months engaging parents and when we planned the agenda, we put their stories center stage in our Lunch Plenary, and they stole the show. The session started with a about Shaylean Hester, a mother who is deeply passionate about her fifth-grade son, Ke’Anthony, and making sure he receives the best education possible. Ke’Anthony recently transferred to Valor Collegiate Academies, outside of Nashville, and their focus on social-emotional learning has helped Ke’Anthony grow into a more engaged, passionate scholar.
This lively debate session was moderated by Marc Sternberg, K-12 Education Program Director at the Walton Family Foundation. Joining him as panelists were President and Superintendent at IDEA Public Schools, Jo Ann Gama, KIPP Foundation CEO, Richard Barth, and CEO/Co-Founder of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, Kriste Dragon. Each debater assumed a specific “role” as a proponent of Bigger Better or Different The session provoked the question, “What is the best role for charters?” and engaged attendees in considering where we as change-agents ought to concentrate our resources.
About Us Our Ventures News + Ideas News + Ideas Live From Summit 2017: How to Personalize Learning with Rigor and High Expectations By: May 17, 2017 This thought-provoking session was moderated by Bethany Gross, a Senior Research Analyst and Research Director at the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE). Joining her as panelists were charter school founders Erin Mote of Brooklyn Lab Charter School, Oliver Sicat of Ednovate and Kyle Smitley of Detroit Achievement Academy, and Assistant Superintendent, April Madden of Henry County Schools.
About Us Our Ventures News + Ideas News + Ideas Live From Summit 2017: Re-Thinking Student Discipline: What Schools Are Trying and Learning By: May 17, 2017 This candid and thought-provoking session was led by John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust. Joining him as panelists were Anita Wadhwa, Amanda Aiken, Ric Zappa and Valissia Allen. The session discusses ways in which leaders are building positive school cultures and re-examining the role of discipline in their schools and kicked off with a powerful video showcasing students’ voices about the discipline approaches at their school.
This ‘third way’ session was moderated by Chris Gabrieli Chairman and CEO of Empower Schools. Joining him as panelists were: The session explores how states are working to improve school quality. “How are states working to improve school quality? Whether rethinking governance structures, creating innovation districts, or forging partnerships, they all have a common thread. Schools as the unit of change, and creating more autonomy for schools to achieve better outcomes for students.” This session takes a look at what three states – Arizona, Massachusetts, and Texas – are doing to ensure all students have access to a high-quality school in their neighborhood: The post appeared first on .
This data-driven, thought-provoking discussion was moderated by Frances Messano, Chief of Staff & Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. Joining her as panelists were Becky Crowe, Senior Adviser with Bellwether Education Partners and Xiomara Padamsee, a partner with Bellwether Education Partners in the Talent Services and Strategic Advising practice areas. The session examines the necessity of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in increasing overall staff satisfaction and accelerating organizational impact.
This lively session was moderated by Terry Ryan, CEO of Bluum. Joining him as panelists were: When you think of education innovation, work in a big city might come to mind. But rural communities are ripe for change too. Rural schools are typically smaller than their urban counterparts, and although they serve a more dispersed student population, they tend to be at the epicenter of their communities. In this session, hear form three practitioners taking different approaches to innovation in rural schools. They will discuss the unique assets and challenges of rural communities and share the greatest opportunities for innovation in the future.
This thought-provoking and discussion-based session was moderated by Stacey Childress, the CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund and Russ Shilling from Digital Promise. The session discussed the need to emphasize R&D within education, how it might work, and then had small breakouts to gather insights from session participants on problems an R&D organization should prioritize and focus on solving. The session began with Stacey sharing out key insights from the R&D concept paper, followed by a discussion between Stacey and Russ.
This provocative session was led by Carolina Huaranca, Principal at Kapor Capital. Joining her as panelists were Anthony Heckman, Associate at Kapor Capital, Gabriel Moncayo, CEO & Co-founder at AlwaysHired, Lynzi Ziegenhagen, Founder and CEO at Schoolzilla, and Mike Teng, CEO at Swing Education. The session discusses Diversity and Inclusion as a competitive advantage for organizations and how to prioritize Diversity and Inclusion from day one. There are many tech resources out there that can help organizations mitigate bias in the hiring process.
This thought-provoking session was moderated by Lisette Nieves of Lingo Ventures. Joining her as panelists were: The session explores why it is so hard to focus on both workforce readiness and academics in schools. How can we ensure students graduate high school prepared for college and ready to pursue their career interests? This session will feature leaders who are finding ways to strike this balance and making the case for others to join in. Learn how non-profit organizations, schools, and businesses are working to help students get exposure to the world of work, make strong transitions to college, and develop the skills they need to fully compete in our nation’s economy.
The opening plenary was simulcast on Facebook Live. We hope you were able to listen, but if not…no worries! We’ve got a recap for you. Jahari Shelton, a tenth grader from Washington, D.C., was the first voice we heard this morning at NewSchools Summit 2017. And, if you don’t know who he is, you should. He is a young man on a mission to design, create — and one day lead – an innovative school. And, not only does he have tremendous dreams, he’s also putting those dreams into action. “The great education I received changed my life, and helped me think about creating the school of the future,” said Shelton.