ational Paths", that is creating a regulatory environment and federal facilitation that promotes rather than works against profoundly alternative schools. A key way of facilitating this change would be to encourage states to develop more robust and holistic evaluation methodologies for schools, rather than the reductionistic high-stakes multiple-choice testing that promotes "teaching to the test" and favors conventional instructional schools (that focus on teaching a certain set of facts) over alternative schools that would focus on more skill-focused, in-depth or learner-driven learning.
level" based on a set of standardized tests. For high schools, the graduation rate is another metric being applied (come 2011) and it assumes that a successful student is one that completes his or her high school career in exactly 4 years. All of this precludes the field of education from truly meeting the needs of students - we have become a system-centric culture, not a student-centric one.
The single most powerful thing Mr. Duncan can do is to provide opportunities for schools and districts to define success differently for the population they serve, and to encourage true reform: reform of assumptions, systems and measures.…
ration for improvement occur. When those who want to improve share their strategies with those who are reticent, every one still moves forward. How do you meet the need? Build the capacity and time for professional learning communities; not only will teaching and learning improve, but more people will want to become teachers. With such a focused and trusting learning environment for teachers and students, wouldn't you want to join the journey?
st illustrates how people from different places can connect, and be mobilized to act together at a certain time and in a defined manner. If we can build on this people from many places will be offering their time, talent, and even dollars, to help many other people in many other places apply the ideas that can be learned from this world wide community, leading to more and better ways to help disadvantaged kids, and all other kids, to brighter futures.
For those interested in non-school connections that can reach kids in neighborhoods around inner city schools, I encourage you to use the Tutor/Mentor Connection library as a resource.…
n Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): administrators, teachers, staff
Short Session Description: Chris will discuss how he and other administrators are creating the conditions for teachers/staff to have the time and resources to learn, explore, and connect within the school day to encourage passion and innovation. Click here to enter the session.
Full Session Description: People are often critical of schools and teachers for the lack of innovation and ability to keep up with new ideas and practices. Unfortunately, the system in which we work provides very little to encourage innovation with almost zero time and resources available for teachers and staff to be curious, play, collaborate, connect and learn. Therefore, if we want teachers to be innovative, this often has to occur on their own time. Chris will share a few ideas on how some schools are providing more time and resources to staff so they can work together to innovate and explore their passions. Go to the slideshare page to access the slides for the session.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Creating Time for Teachers to Tinker With Ideas
Other posts on topic of creating the conditions for innovation:
Fed Ex Prep: Time for Innovation
Fed Ex Prep: A Reflection
Education Innovaton Day (by Jesse McLean)
It’s Kind of Magical (by Lyn Hilt)
Giving Students CHOICES
Creating the Conditions: A Love of Reading
Added by Chris Wejr at 4:42pm on September 18, 2013
ed perspective I feel that we have a tendency to single out subjects as "worthy" or "not worthy" and the cycle of reading programs and science initiatives turns and turns...in my opinion we should be focusing more on integration of subject matter--what better way to get kids interested than to show them how everything is really related? That the technology class they are so excited about and that has encouraged them to want to be a video game designer takes narrative writing skills to create an engaging story line, and physics to make movement through the game realistic...etc.
The elementary schools really have high schools beat in this aspect. The very set up of the school day in secondary education is preventative to collaborative integrated learning.…