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Guest post by , CEO and co-founder of Gestalt Community Schools A little more than a year ago, I started out on a journey to reimagine schools. I joined nine other teams of educators from across the country for a 10-month program, the New Schools + Transcend Collaborative. Most of us had never met, but we had one important thing in common: each team — whether representing a district or a charter network — had achieved some level of success with students who have been traditionally underserved, and knew that we and our kids were capable of even more.
Today, Grantmakers for Education (GFE) is releasing a that chronicles our ongoing efforts at NewSchools to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive investor and organization. I’ll be joining my colleagues Frances Messano and Deborah McGriff when the case study — which also features the work of the Lumina Foundation– is discussed by other funders who are interested in our journey. The case study details the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts both we and Lumina have undertaken in our grantmaking strategies and within our respective organizations.
Part of providing an includes capturing and celebrating the learning. There are numerous ways to do this. Lately, my favorite is Google Movies because it is a fast, fun, and easy way to document events.Here's what you do.During the event:After the event:Viola! You've made a movie. Google will pick the filter and music, but you can always go back to edit and select your own filter or music. Here are movies I've recently created:Successful 1:1 Onboarding #NYCSchoolsTech Educators Hit The MakerEd ForumMakerBot SocialSaturday Learning: Common Sense Digital CitizenshipWhat do you think? Do any of my movies inspire you? Is this something you might try using to capture the learning at your next event, workshop or learning activity? How could you get students involved? What else do you think is possible?
Pages Sunday, October 15, 2017 Checklist for Effective Learning Opportunities If you provide professional development or work with those who do, you want to make sure, that participants have the best experience possible. To help with that, you can use this handy dandy that I wrote about and which the graphically talented and innovative educator, turned into an infographic. Check it out and print it out () to place in the rooms where educators are likely to give or get professional learning delivered. Loading.
Image: Serkan Özkaya, Proletarier Aller Länder, 2011. Published on Words without Borders 1. Words without Borders Magazine An amazing resource. This magazine publishes short fiction and nonfiction from various authors across the globe. It has been publishing since 2003 and all of the literary work is available online and organized by year and issue. The September 2003 issue featured
from A Walk in the Forest from Mud Book Cage, John. (2017). Mud Book: How To Make Mud Pies and Cakes. Illustrated by Lois Long. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. A book a child can hold in one hand. An illustrated guide for making by composer John Cage. Simple illustrations. FROM Mr. Benjamin's Suitcase of Secrets Chang, Pei-Yu. (2017). Mr. Benjamin's Suitcase
Pages Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Messaging - Tool of Engagement or Weapon of Mass Distraction? To be or not to be? That is the question for some teachers when it comes to allowing messaging (text or instant) in the classroom. Many see it as a distraction, but young people often disagree. Innovative educators know that students own the learning, but at the same time, the educators are responsible for the success of their students. Therefore it is in everyone's best interest to review the literature and find out if instant/text messaging can indeed support student success.
Sing to Me (M.A. Reilly, 2017, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, gesso, digital remix) I. It takes a little more than ten minutes to play Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and it may well be the saddest and most glorious music I have ever heard. It's best reserved for days that are cloudy, threatening rain. I was listening to the piece two weeks ago when my oldest brother showed up, sawzall in
Pages Saturday, October 7, 2017 Music - Tool of Engagement or Weapon of Mass Distraction? To be or not to be? That is the question for many teachers when it comes to allowing music in the classroom. Many see it as a distraction, but young people often disagree. Innovative educators know that students own the learning, but at the same time, the educators are responsible for the success of their students. Therefore it is in everyone's best interest to turn to the research and find out if music can indeed support student success.
Bond, Rebecca. (2009). In the Belly of an Ox: The Unexpected Photographic Adventures of Richard and Cherry Kearton. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers. Gibbons, Gail, (1997). Click!: A Book About Cameras and Taking Pictures. New York: Little, Brown. Jenson-Elliott, Cindy. (2016). Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature. Illustrated by Christy Hale. New York: Henry Holt. Jordan,
From my art journal, 2017 Faith is the bird that feels the light And sings when the dawn is still dark. —RABINDRANATH TAGORE It was decades ago when I first heard Rob, the man who I would later marry, read a poem, "Faith," that he had written. I was in the basement of an old mill in Paterson, NJ--one of many in the audience that night. We had gathered
Pages Thursday, October 5, 2017 #NYCSchoolsTechChat: Tech to Connect with Families - Oct 5 at 7pm We are well into the 2017/18 school year and that means it is time to focus on ideas, tips and strategies for using tech to effectively connect with families. teacher Eileen Lennon (@eileen_lennon) moderates with me throwing in my two cents. You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions: Q1. Share tech tools you have used to connect with parents. Q2. What strategies using tech tools will you implement to connect with parents? Q3.
Sing to Me (M.A. Reilly, 2017) Robert Burridge's BobBlast 104 "Collage & Painting Demonstration." BobBlast 166 — "Why I Collage Before Painting." BobBlast 95 "Drawing Back onto an Acrylic Painting Jane Davies' Expressive Collage and Painting 4quads
Night, I (M.A. Reilly, 2008) "On starless nights, one can feel like a loose array of limbs and purpose, and seem smaller, limited to what one can touch." ― from Diane Ackerman's "Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day" I. It was time to let go of our house where light fell through familiar windows and each creak of the staircase I knew by heart. It
I find myself in the enchanting city of Barcelona for Pushing the boundaries of Higher Education: challenging traditional models with innovative and creative practices. As I type this, it is very likely that the event will not go as planned, and it may not go at all… The effects of the Catalan independence referendum may […]
Be for Me, Like Rain (M.A. Reilly, Wall Street, NYC, 2010) I. For the longest time, I've loved rainy days, held them close to the heart as invitations to stay at home. Rob and I took solace at home. These were days to read, dream, sleep in, drink too much coffee, go for walks beneath an oversized umbrella, read the entire newspaper and puzzle over the puzzle, write and write some more,
These years in Kamloops, I have been so lucky to regularly jam with Breaking Band in The Bassment — thank you David and Ronda Olds for being in the band and hosting us so luxuriously. The band is turning a page as our guitar player Irwin won’t be living in Kamloops because he’s moving on […]
Thomas Friedman said: We’re going through a change in the “climate” of globalization — going from an interconnected world to an interdependent one, from a world of walls where you build your wealth by hoarding the most resources to a world of webs where you build your wealth by having the most connections to the […]
I had the opportunity to visit Facebook to learn how other school districts and businesses were using : Facebook's answer to connecting whole organizations with familiar tools like chat, Facebook Live, and groups, so they can turn ideas into action. While it comes with a price tag for businesses, it happens to be free for education institutions. But this post isn't about that, it is about the messages you see as you walk around the Facebook offices. These messages come in the form of signs, many created and posted by employees and partners about core values at Facebook.
Pages Sunday, September 24, 2017 Financial Literacy: A Subject Most Students Would #Love2Learn But Never Do The book inspired by the card may be found . The Freakonomics podcast and the show on NPR It’s no wonder Harold Pollack’s photo of the infamous index card with all the financial advice anyone would ever need, went viral. Americans have a thirst for quick advice on making sound financial decisions. That’s because, when it comes to personal finance, Americans are woefully under-prepared. In fact .
"We Have Chosen Hope Over Fear" (Reilly, 2012) I. The day after Barack Obama won the presidency in November 2008, Rob, Devon, and I were eating dinner at a local diner when I looked up at an image of the newly elected President on a FOX News telecast and snapped a photo. At the time I wasn't sure what I planned to do, but I knew I wanted to work the image into a collage. As I worked