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The Seven Characteristics of a Good Leader | Edutopia
"1) A sense of purpose: The values of an organization must be clear, members of the organization should know them, and they should exemplify and uphold them in their own actions.

2) Justice: Everyone in an organization should be held to common standards, with rules and procedures that are clear, firm, fair, and consistent…

6) Courage: Leaders are paid to set direction, not wait for direction to emerge. They have to be willing to follow their convictions and bring their organization to new places. In education, this is most sorely needed in response to the test-based regimen that has taken over our schools at the expense of true education and social-emotional and character development.

7) Deep Commitment: Leaders must not be polishing their resumes, but rather should have deep commitment to their organizations, the advancement of the organizations' missions, and the wellbeing of everyone in them…"
leadership  education  edutopia  change  vision  management  administration  lcproject  purpose  clarity  respect  justice  convictions  schools  howitshouldbedone  tcsnmy 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive | Edutopia
"Stanford University professor and noted researcher Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment -- from Finland to Singapore."
education  learning  teaching  schools  reform  21stcentury  edutopia  curriculum  international  global  finland  singapore  lindadarling-hammond  tcsnmy  projectbasedlearning  inquiry  inquiry-basedlearning  nclb  policy  standards  us  teachereducation  training  classpreparation  pbl 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Master Classroom: Designs Inspired by Creative Minds | Edutopia
"In da Vinci's world, the lines btwn disciplines, pervasive in today's schools, were absent; works he did as a scientist, mathematician, & artist all informed the other efforts. No wonder one can look at his scientific drawings & wonder whether they were meant to be works of art & at his artwork & marvel at its scientific rigor. This kind of free-flowing interchange was accomplished in a workplace that was part artist's studio, part science lab, & part model-building shop...what would modern-day da Vinci studio look like as classroom?...lots of daylight...connection to outdoor deck through wide/rolling doors (for messy projects), access to water, power supplied from a floor/ceiling grid, wireless computer network, lots of storage, floor finish that is hard to damage, high ceilings, places to display finished projects, reasonable acoustic separation, & transparency to inside & outside w/ potential for good views & vistas."

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tcsnmy  classroom  design  schooldesign  innovation  architecture  spaces  learning  education  collaboration  light  lcproject  jamieoliver  alberteinstein  space  edutopia  classrooms 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Teachers and Community Members Practice TLC with PLCs | Edutopia
""We need to let go of the idea that heroic individuals will change schools," says Richard DuFour, an education consultant who specializes in creating professional learning communities in schools. "Instead of looking for superheroes, we need to work collectively to help everyone be successful."
plc  pln  learning  schools  change  collaboration  edutopia  leadership  network  21stcentury  communities  professionaldevelopment  merit  community 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Take a Deeper Look at Assessment for Understanding | Edutopia
"But tests aren't the only way to gauge a student's knowledge and abilities, just as reciting formulas and memorizing the periodic table is not the only way to learn chemistry. Throughout the country, many educators are going beyond traditional tests and using performance assessments in their K-12 classrooms to gauge what students know and can do.
assessment  testing  tcsnmy  learning  education  edutopia  performanceassessment 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Healthier Testing Made Easy: The Idea of Authentic Assessment | Edutopia
"Assessment tasks must model and demand important real-world work. Focused and accountable teaching requires ongoing assessment of the core tasks that embody the aims of schooling: whether students can wisely transfer knowledge with understanding in simulations of complex adult intellectual tasks. Only by ensuring that the assessment system models such (genuine) performance will student achievement and teaching be improved over time. And only if that system holds all teachers responsible for results (as opposed to only those administering high-stakes testing in four of the twelve years of schooling) can it improve."
professionaldevelopment  performance  21stcenturyskills  assessment  tcsnmy  testing  education  edutopia  teaching  learning  skills 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Topic Overview | Edutopia
"Edutopia's success stories about what works in public education revolve around our six Core Concepts: Integrated Studies, Project Learning, Social & Emotional Learning, Technology Integration, Teacher Development, Comprehensive Assessment"
edutopia  schools  education  projectbasedlearning  integrative  socialemotionallearning  technology  edutech  assessment  professionaldevelopment  tcsnmy  pbl  socialemotional 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Big Thinkers: Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences | Edutopia
"The student may have a good grade on the exam, we may think that he or she is learning, but a year or two later there's nothing left...I think that we teach way too many subjects and we cover way too much material and the end result is that students have a very superficial knowledge...I actually don't care if a child studies physics or biology or geology or astronomy before he goes to college. There's plenty of time to do that kind of detailed work. I think what's really important is to begin to learn to think scientifically...The most important thing about assessment is knowing what it is that you should be able to do...In school, assessment is mystifying. Nobody knows what's going to be on the test, and when the test results go back, neither the teacher nor the student knows what to do. So what I favor is highlighting for kids from the day they walk into school the performances and exhibitions for which they're going to be accountable."
howardgardner  assessment  schools  education  tcsnmy  projectbasedlearning  learning  technology  multipleintelligences  iq  inquiry  teaching  slowlearning  childcenteredlearning  grading  grades  testing  tests  gamechanging  cv  edutopia  pbl 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Waldorf-Inspired Public Schools Are on the Rise | Edutopia
"The John Morse Waldorf Methods School, in Sacramento, California, provides a different vision of education, complete with art, music, and movement."
education  curriculum  publicschools  edutopia  waldorf  trends  schools 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks | Edutopia
"Digital Youth Network runs...Remix World...modeled on popular online social networks such as Facebook...students & mentors who use it have Web pages that contain pictures, profile information & links to their friends' pages. They can post digital artwork -- such as videos -- on their pages, comment on friends' pages & participate in discussions with other users through the Remix World forums. By providing students a place to share their work and ideas, Remix World allows them to solicit feedback and give constructive criticism. Some students have found the process of sharing on Remix World so compelling that they've gone on to post to public sites, such as YouTube or open social networks...Self-Directed Learning: When students are motivated to create work that they share online, it ignites an independent learning cycle driven by their ideas & energized by responses from peers...Internet makes it easier and less daunting for students to find information or plug into expert communities"
education  technology  teaching  edutopia  socialnetworks  youth  socialmedia  tcsnmy  peerreview  constructivecriticism  self-directedlearning  digitalyouthnetwork  ning  remixworld  internet  online  sharing 
june 2009 by robertogreco
High Tech Reflection Strategies Make Learning Stick | Edutopia
"Routinely asking students to ponder -- deeply and seriously -- what and how they've learned could be the "mind's strongest glue." ...Georgia educator and longtime edublogger Anne Davis adds that asking elementary school students to simply reflect on what they've learned could result in superficial answers such as, "I had fun," she notes. In a recent blog post, Davis instead suggests asking younger students the following specific questions: * What did you learn?
education  learning  edutopia  technology  reflection  tcsnmy  teaching  blogs  writing  blogging  literacy  memory 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Passing Empowerment Down Through the Arts | Edutopia
"MacArthur "genius" Bill Strickland founded an urban arts center that grew into a community." "Growing up poor, black, and discouraged in a neighborhood boiling over with racial tension, Bill Strickland happened to walk into a classroom where he felt a different vibe. He heard jazz playing, smelled coffee brewing, and met Frank Ross, a high school arts teacher who introduced Strickland to the potter's wheel. "His classroom was physically the same as every other room," Strickland recalls, "but he created a space of extraordinary excitement.""
teaching  billstrickland  education  art  learning  engagement  lcproject  edutopia 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age | Edutopia
"Information age, rest in pieces. This is the Collaboration Age.

We can all connect instantly across time zones and oceans. Previously impossible partnerships now produce startling innovations. And the four walls of your classroom no longer limit your students' reach.

To thrive in this always-on community, students and teachers must become agile learners, creators, and collaborators. Their success and our country's future depend on it.

It's tough for educators to meet this challenge when the No Child Left Behind law feeds a national obsession with the what of knowledge, not the how. But they can. They must. And some already do."
education  collaboration  learning  tcsnmy  edutopia  hightechhigh  tscnmy  technology  communication  sandiego 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Real World, San Diego: Hands-On Learning at High Tech High | Edutopia
"The San Diego charter school exists to prepare students -- all kinds of students -- to be savvy, creative, quick-thinking adults and professionals in a modern world. It has scrapped a lot of what's arbitrary and outdated about traditional schooling -- classroom design, divisions between subjects, independence (read: isolation) from the community, and assessments that only one teacher ever sees. Instead, the textbook-free school fosters personalized project learning with pervasive connections to the community. Any visitor can see the evidence in the students' engagement and the eye-popping projects that adorn almost every corner and wall -- many of which the teens have exhibited to local businesspeople, not just teachers. As the school's name implies, technology enables many of the projects students create. And teachers routinely craft lessons that blend subjects, reflecting how interwoven they truly are."
hightechhigh  edutopia  schools  learning  projectbasedlearning  sandiego  lcproject  tcsnmy  pbl 
december 2008 by robertogreco
The Learning Vault: Resources from High Tech High | Edutopia
"High Tech High, a charter-school-development organization that runs eight schools in and around the San Diego area, has won accolades for its project-learning approach and the way it tightly connects the classroom with the real world. Its schools, which span grades K-12, also strive to integrate subjects, and they challenge students to present their work publicly. High Tech High makes a wealth of videos, lessons, teacher and student portfolios, and other resources available online. Here are some places to start investigating:"
schools  learning  tcsnmy  hightechhigh  technology  projectbasedlearning  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  sandiego  art  science  edutopia  pbl 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Transformed by Technology: High Tech High Overview | Edutopia [series of six videos on High Tech High]
"A network of K-12 public charter schools uses rigorous projects and portfolio assessments to revolutionize learning."
hightechhigh  education  sandiego  art  science  projectbasedlearning  edutopia  porfolios  assessment  pbl 
december 2008 by robertogreco
World Without Walls: Learning Well with Others | Edutopia
"I believe that is what educators must do now. We must engage with these new technologies and their potential to expand our own understanding and methods in this vastly different landscape. We must know for ourselves how to create, grow, and navigate these collaborative spaces in safe, effective, and ethical ways. And we must be able to model those shifts for our students and counsel them effectively when they run across problems with these tools.
willrichardson  tcsnmy  e-learning  education  learning  connectivism  edutopia  netgen  collaboration  technology  schools  curriculum  lcproject  arts 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Beyond Emily: Post-ing Etiquette | Edutopia
"Some educators are leading the way to school-based netiquette education with guidelines advising students on what to do, and what to avoid, in online communication. We've put together excerpts from some sample guidelines."

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etiquette  netiquette  email  online  internet  tcsnmy  edutopia  education 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education Is the Future | Edutopia
"This vision for the classroom of the future is not new. It's one that people have talked and dreamed about for years in a variety of forms: Students partake in interactive learning with computers and other technology devices; teachers roam around as mentors and individual learning coaches; learning is tailored to each student's differences; students are engaged and motivated."
education  technology  edutopia  ict  individual  differentiatedinstruction  reform  change  unschooling  retrofuture  future  learning  lcproject  schools  tcsnmy 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Editor's Note: Bringing School to the Information Age | Edutopia
"The new reality is that the public-education system is no longer the only, or the paramount, place where we go to learn. Most likely, the average child did his or her first Google search on a home computer. For many kids, they probably first logged on to a network (most likely AOL or Yahoo!) remotely, using a portable PC a parent brought home from the office. Their first online chat was more likely to happen at home while the child was enjoying Club Penguin than it was in English class."
education  technology  schools  future  edutopia  informallearning  school2.0  edtech  information  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  policy 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Start Me Up: Project-Learning Primers | Edutopia
"How do you design a good project? What kind of projects work? How can you teach to the standards and use hands-on projects? Here are three free online resources -- and some tips from an education expert -- about how to get going with project learning in your classroom, even if you've never used it before:"
tcsnmy  projectbasedlearning  problemsolving  projectideas  classideas  education  curriculum  learning  examples  projects  pedagogy  edutopia  edtech  pbl 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Overcoming Technology Barriers: How to Innovate Without Extra Money or Support | Edutopia
"Step 1: Innovate with the Tools You Already Have Step ... 2: Seek Out Free, Easy-to-Use Digital Resources ... Step 3: Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown ... Creating time and opportunities for teachers to share ideas ... Step 4: Start with Small, Fast Projects That Enhance Learning...Teachers who are new to using technology will gain confidence from "safe, discrete" learning activities that connect to what they are already doing with students... Step 5: Learn with Your Students...learn about technology in the context of their own classroom, side-by-side with students
technology  education  techintegration  edtech  schools  teaching  edutopia 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Take a Chance . . . Let Them Dance: Validating Artistic Expression | Edutopia
" We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children. And the only way we'll do it is by seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are, and seeing our children for the hope they are. Our task is to educate our w
education  creativity  dance  engagement  innovation  kenrobinson  research  schools  learning  children  arts  edutopia  writing  play 
may 2008 by robertogreco
George Lucas Shares His Dream for Education at Dreamforce | Edutopia
"The educational visionary speaks about innovation in education and the critical need for businesses to better support educational programs."
georgelucas  edutopia  education  learning  school  schooldesign  future  business  investment  children  leadership  curriculum 
september 2007 by robertogreco

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