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Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic | Students at the Center

Brainy Approaches to Learning Infographic | Students at the Center | School Design | Scoop.it

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This infographic goes along with a paper on the mind and learning...it's a great visual summary. The paper is linked at the bottom of the graphic.

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Lisa Desruisseaux's curator insight, March 29, 2013 11:01 AM

This infographic speaks to the importance of making those connections with and for our students. In other words, students need to know how they learn! When we personalize with students and teach them about their brain and how to learn, we are equipping them with tools for life-long success.

Tom Perran's curator insight, March 30, 2013 3:45 PM

This infographic provides the rationale for creating instructional activities centered on the needs of the learner.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, April 1, 2013 12:47 AM

Thank you sharing.

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Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News)

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? I couldn’t agree more. Busch's s
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I love the idea of student-led Genius Bars to support learning...could be used in so many learning circumstances. check out Tutoria, a Mexican-based movement where students lead a huge part of the learning: https://internationalednews.com/2014/05/15/education-reform-in-mexico/ ;
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The Future of Learning

At 2Revolutions, we are partnering with forward-thinking governments, funders, nonprofits and entrepreneurs to innovate across the human capital continuum
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2Revolutions provides a really nice overview of the issues in our current approach to schooling, suggesting that we need to rethinking the entire enterprise. I couldn't agree more! 
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Looking to Design Your Own School? AltSchool Launches Partner Program ‘AltSchool Open’ (EdSurge News)

Looking to Design Your Own School? AltSchool Launches Partner Program ‘AltSchool Open’ (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
AltSchool, the San Francisco-based startup that’s captured headlines for creating a chain of unique “microschools” and backed by more than $100 million in venture capital, is taking the next big step: opening up its resources and software to partner school designers.
At SXSWedu, AltSchool co-fo
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AltSchool is supporting the design and launch of microschools (schools with 50-100 students, largely run by the educators who work directly with kids)...it's a fascinating new spin on the small schools movement that has been so successful in NYC: these are smaller schools, with more flexible staffing, many are private, and they aren't tied to the traditional scope and sequence of district schools: though the new schools could be, if they are started by districts. 
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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, March 10, 10:46 AM
AltSchool is supporting the design and launch of microschools (schools with 50-100 students, largely run by the educators who work directly with kids)...it's a fascinating new spin on the small schools movement that has been so successful in NYC: these are smaller schools, with more flexible staffing, many are private, and they aren't tied to the traditional scope and sequence of district schools: though the new schools could be, if they are started by districts. 
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How high school would be different if students could design it - The Hechinger Report

How high school would be different if students could design it - The Hechinger Report | School Design | Scoop.it
The day would start later and end earlier. Testing and school uniforms would be banned. There would be dancing in the hallways. And – some changes adults might get behind, too – there’d be more art, more projects and more computers. “I want a school where the kids can choose what they want to do,” …
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Middle school students at Brooklyn Lab were asked to design their ideal high school: they emphasized student ownership, creativity, celebration, projects and practical skills. The best of progressive education...wish we listened to young people more often.  
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25 Must-Read Books for the Educational Hacktivist or Contrarian - Etale - Digital Age Learning

25 Must-Read Books for the Educational Hacktivist or Contrarian - Etale - Digital Age Learning | School Design | Scoop.it
Maybe you love the way things are going in modern education. Perhaps you are desperately looking for an alternative. Or, you might already be deeply rooted in alternative education or educational Continue Reading →
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Great list of books that unpack and reframe aspects of the schooling apparatus...a DIY grad school course in rethinking the dominant paradigm. 

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Minds in Bloom: New Classroom Set Up: Encouraging Self-Directed Learning and Collaboration

Minds in Bloom: New Classroom Set Up: Encouraging Self-Directed Learning and Collaboration | School Design | Scoop.it
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Two teachers emptied their classroom and redesigned the space to encourage student ownership of learning...it was an inexpensive, thoughtful makeover. The comments to the blog post are also super-helpful...worth reading. 

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Suburban Moms Making Unorthodox Choices — Bright — Medium

Suburban Moms Making Unorthodox Choices - Bright - Medium
Welcome to a homeschooling collective that sounds a lot like school.
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I homeschooled my daughter last year, and it was an incredible learning experience for both of us. The modern, secular homeschooling community should be actively informing "school design" efforts. This post describes Trellis: a homeschooling collective in Massachusetts that is "more like the Google break-room than the one room schoolhouse."  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 3, 12:01 PM

My experience as a teacher and as a parent who homeschooled a child is home school communities have existed for some time and are important to the success of children and parents.

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Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids

Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids | School Design | Scoop.it
A Texas school started giving kindergarten and first-grade students more recess time, and parents and teachers love the results.
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In Fort Worth, a school is giving young students four 15-minute recess breaks a day...kids, teachers and parents are seeing positive changes: better focus, more effort, more independence, and some improved social skills. It makes sense, as the research linking movement, focus, and learning is pretty unambiguous. Would be so great to see middle and high schools taking this on. 

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East Lawrence High students to use Mondays for intervention next semester

East Lawrence High students to use Mondays for intervention next semester | School Design | Scoop.it
CADDO — Student attendance at East Lawrence High School will be optional on Mondays starting Jan. 25.
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An ex. of a school playing around with their schedule: students can work at home or in school on Mondays: iLearning Day. The day is newly established as a response to high course failure rates: Mondays are days when students can get extra help in small groups, or work on extension activities. In-school attendance is optional...Great to see schools experimenting with different ways to organize the school day, week and year, as well as student groupings as a way to try and address clear student needs. 

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HOME | Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments | NCTA

HOME | Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments | NCTA | School Design | Scoop.it
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This is a very cool, interactive roadmap for thinking about the design of "21st Century Learning Envts." There are 5 over-arching categories described: Assessment & Accountability, Leadership & Culture, Learning, Teaching & Professional Learning, Infrastructure. The roadmap includes tools, visuals, and resources. 

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Can a Truly Student-Centered Education Be Available to All?

Can a Truly Student-Centered Education Be Available to All? | School Design | Scoop.it
Radically student-centered public schools do exist, often producing students that perform well on standardized tests without focusing on them at all.
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This is a great profile of Big Picture Schools, with 100 schools worldwide. As one of the founders, Elliot Washor says: "We changed the lowest common denominator from the course to the student." The schools are organized around student passions and interests, with extended learning opportunities (off campus) playing a central, organizing role. An evidence proof that it is possible to organize secondary education around students! 

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Personalize Learning: Are Schools Designed to Help Children Learn?

Personalize Learning: Are Schools Designed to Help Children Learn? | School Design | Scoop.it
Do you know what the space invaders are in school? This post shows you how to identify them and remove them so you focus on learners and learning.
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A wonderful overview of some of Chris Watkins' thinking (http://chriswatkins.net/key-issues/). This particular post focuses on 3 "space invaders" that get in the way of learning in schools: (1) focusing on limited measurable goals; (2) using the word "work" to describe learning; (3) making teaching strategies policy, rather than focusing on learning strategies. Well worth the 2 minute read!

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New Teen Spaces from Coast to Coast

New Teen Spaces from Coast to Coast | School Design | Scoop.it
Teens are taking center stage—literally—at new library teen spaces throughout the country. From Boston to San Francisco, these notable projects have a few things in common—teen involvement, multipurpose spaces, areas for hands-on creation, and enthusiastic repeat visitors.
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Libraries are retooling their spaces in order to create a place for teens to do lots of different kinds of things together. Culturally, we have so much suspicion and mistrust of teenagers--particularly when they are in groups--it's wonderful to see a trend towards community institutions looking for ways to bring them together. 

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Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings

Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings | School Design | Scoop.it
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A recent report finds that we would need to spend $46b more annually in order to keep our schools safe for kids. My feeling is that this opens up a new possibility for school designers: if the schools we built 40+ years ago need to be shuttered in the next decade, what shall we create for young people? What a wonderful opportunity to rethink the enterprise!
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How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent

How This School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent | School Design | Scoop.it
Some school libraries are reinventing themselves as makerspaces, but this Ohio library took a slightly different approach and has seen incredible results.
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Fantastic reimagining of what a shared learning space can look like: libraries3.0.
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Design Thinking, Deconstructed

Design Thinking, Deconstructed | School Design | Scoop.it
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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Arnie Rotenberg's curator insight, March 2, 1:25 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



יפה בן-דרור's curator insight, March 2, 4:10 PM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



Melanie COVINHES's curator insight, March 8, 4:29 AM
At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, building by hand, and lots of experimentation, is documented and shared among staff.


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Design-Thinking


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+2+Learn



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Start-Ups That Last

Start-Ups That Last | School Design | Scoop.it
How to scale your business
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Lots to think about here with re: to school design (but it's not a school design article!). For decades, the small school movement has emphasized the need to grow schools 1 grade at a time. I've always thought this was problematic from a #humancapital, #scaling and #sustainability perspective. Schools need to find ways to move out of start-up more quickly, thereby avoiding burn-out and annual reinventing of the wheel. The post describes 4 critical activities for small organizations who are moving out of start-up, and into scaling-up...and they aren't easy for founders to embrace: hire functional experts, add management structures, build planning & forecasting capabilities, establish transmissable cultural values. 

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How Competency-based Learning Can Support Student Agency | NextGen Learning

How Competency-based Learning Can Support Student Agency | NextGen Learning | School Design | Scoop.it
When students design their own pathway, are free to fail/free to learn, and demonstrate mastery through self-directed assessment, student agency thrives.
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This NextGen post describes an unusually empowered vision of student agency (students have the autonomy and authority to truly choose what they are creating, investigating and mastering--one that has been fairly invisible over the past 15 years. Great to see it coming onto the national stage...now we just need to see it in more classrooms in powerful ways. 

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The one-room schoolhouse is the next big thing in education

The one-room schoolhouse is the next big thing in education | School Design | Scoop.it
Here's why "micro schools" could save private education.
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Micro-schools are currently private, but do they need to be? These schools are finding affordable ways to personalize learning using technology and a small scale. Tuition in Austin Texas is about $10k...not so different from public per pupil spending. District & charter schools need to be looking at the kinds of models that middle-class families are choosing: whether it's homeschool collective or micro-schools. The move is towards student agency, deep learning, adaptability and flexibility.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 3, 11:59 AM

This is interesting. I taught for 17 years in a mixed grade classroom and the powers to be could not wait to shut us down. We (the teachers) actually put a proposal forward to expand to about 150 students, a number we felt was about the right maximum.

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The Classroom Is Dead — Bright

The Classroom Is Dead - Bright - Medium
What if everything about the future of school was the opposite of school? We invited Eli Horowitz and Scott Teplin to co…
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Eli Horowitz imagines classrooms of the future...irony and humor abound. 

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What's So Innovative About Salman Khan's One Room Schoolhouse? (EdSurge News)

What's So Innovative About Salman Khan's One Room Schoolhouse? (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
Sal Khan may spend a lot of time drawing on blackboards, but he isn’t your everyday school founder. He’s the face and voice of Khan Academy, an online platform that offers free videos and activities to millions all over the world. In fact, learners have completed over 3.8 billion exercise problems o
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Starting a new school is very challenging work. It's never pretty in the first few years: systems aren't tight, the program is under-developed, the staff is over-worked, the students are annoyed with being "guinea pigs"...there's really no way to do school start-up elegantly and smoothly. Because Kahn Academy is so public, they aren't being given the latitude that other new schools typically receive, with critiques and  criticisms coming at a quick pace. In the end, the school may not be innovative or effective, but my sense is that we won't know until 3-4 years from now. 

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Frankfort High considering open-campus lunch

Frankfort High considering open-campus lunch | School Design | Scoop.it
/local%20news/2015/12/30/frankfort-high-considering-open-campus-lunch
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How Da Vinci Schools Built an Instructional Model Around 'Failure' (EdSurge News)

How Da Vinci Schools Built an Instructional Model Around 'Failure' (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
Within the first twenty minutes of my visit to Da Vinci Science High School in Hawthorne, California, I found myself sitting in a pitch-black room with three Da Vinci administrators, completely silent and waiting out the school’s “shooter-on-campus drill”—an annual event where students are instructe
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Da Vinci Schools is a charter network located in Los Angeles County that is built on supporting student voice, choice and agency. Despite the high poverty and crime in their community the schools have veered sharply away from the "no excuses" punitive culture so common in schools serving low-income youth of color. Instead, they organize around deep thinking, exploration, projects, and reflection. A powerful proof of concept for those of us who have long made the case that this is what our students will thrive on. 

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A blueprint for the future of relevant schools

A blueprint for the future of relevant schools | School Design | Scoop.it
This school district is rolling out a plan to let students choose the pace, place and process of their education. Here's how.
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Western Wayne Schools in Indiana are developing a personalized school model for their 1000 students. At their schools, almost everything is flexible and adaptable: process (students choose their pathways to graudation); pace (students move through coursework at their own pace); and place (students have options about where and how to program their day). One thing they have really tried to tackle is redefining what "teaching" is, and hiring accordingly.

 

 

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Personalize Learning: Focus on the Learner Not Technology

Personalize Learning: Focus on the Learner Not Technology | School Design | Scoop.it
Personalized Learning is about focusing on the learner driving the learning and not about technology "personalizing" what and how they learn.
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McKlaskey and Bray have one of the strongest, most student-centered stances on personalized learning. In this post they explain why a focus on technology is not the same as a personalized approach. 

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