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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 8:01 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 12:45 PM

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

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 31, 2013 9:47 PM

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | School Design | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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This Mind/Shift blog describes an amazing and exciting learning adventure designed by a high school student: it's a fully student-facilitated and created school experience at a small town high school. The work students are engaging themselves in is incredible, and the sense of purpose, creativity, collaboration and support is inspiring. The blog includes a link to a video that describes the project...

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Unproductive Schools (State-by-State Ratings on Spending Compared to Achievement

Unproductive Schools (State-by-State Ratings on Spending Compared to Achievement | School Design | Scoop.it
Regardless of how much money their district spends, more than 1 million American students attend unproductive schools.

A new report out Wednesday from the left-leaning Center for American Progress analyzes the educational productivity of nearly 7,...

Via Linda Alexander, Dean J. Fusto
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This article highlights a recent report that looks at spending in relationship to achievement: what are schools spending their money on, and how successful is the school in supporting student achievement. Allocation of financial and human resources is an essential part of good school design, but is rarely analyzed .

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, July 14, 12:29 PM

Center for American Progress: The rating mechanism at the bottom of the article displays individual school district by state comparing spending to their performance.  For example, in Cleveland, the Avon School District spends less but excels, so it's deemed "green".  What you don't want is "red".  There are some large districts missing from the analysis, but an informative ratings to consider as a taxpayer. 

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 15, 1:14 PM

An  analysis  of individual school districts nationwide.

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Home :: Acton Academy

Home :: Acton Academy | School Design | Scoop.it
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A student-driven/learner-driven school in Texas where learning to do and learning to be are everything. 

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First Student-Designed School @SD4Ed

First Student-Designed School @SD4Ed | School Design | Scoop.it

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Check out this student designed school effort...first in the country!! 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 24, 4:45 PM

Join the conversation @SD4Ed. Learn about students design for education, a movement to transform education in Rhode Island, and hopefully across the country!

 

Students Design For Education (SD4E) is a groundbreaking initiative to create the first student-designed school. SD4E is driven by 24 ingenious students, powered by 1 killer design process, and guided by the gumption of three partners in Rhode Island to change the national conversation on education and build a new kind of school.

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Home | The Future Project

Home | The Future Project | School Design | Scoop.it
The Future Project is a national movement to reimagine education, one dream at a time.
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Check out this great organization...such inspiration! http://www.thefutureproject.org/

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No Silver Bullets: Hybrid High Learns a Tough Edtech Lesson (EdSurge News)

No Silver Bullets: Hybrid High Learns a Tough Edtech Lesson (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
Ask education leaders and they’ll tell you: Hybrid High, the University of Southern California's experimental two-year old charter school, is doing just fine. More than two-thirds of its original students are meeting their growth targets. But peek behind the stats and you’ll discover a school that h
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Great blog post on lessons learned at Hybrid High in their roll-out of a mastery-based, blended program. This is such hard work, and we have so few good models. 

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Carpe Diem - Aiken Campus

Carpe Diem - Aiken Campus | School Design | Scoop.it
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I spent yesterday at the Carpe Diem Aiken Campus in Cincinnati, OH. It's a brand new school that feels like it's been around for several years. They are doing so much that's right, and interesting, and ground breaking. The Carpe Diem model is a 50/50 blend, where students spend half their day working in cubicles that mirror so many professional workplaces, and spend half their day in workshops with subject area teachers or in office hours 1:1 or in small groups. The school serves regular city kids, and the staff was very honest about the fact that it has taken a good 4 months to acculturate students to the school model...things were humming while we were there. 

 

The staff is profoundly committed to students, both as individuals and as successful students. In any given day students have multiple opportunities to interact 1:1 with teachers: they eat lunch in teacher's classrooms, visit them during office hours, go to their advisor's classrooms to take a break when they are struggling, and interact with learning coaches whenever they have trouble with the online curriculum. It's truly a model for how to build powerful relationships with students, and therefore, how to quickly build a coherent and fairly cohesive school culture that is deeply grounded in positive youth development practices. 

 

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Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up

Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up | School Design | Scoop.it
Three educators went on a year-long journey to discover what makes a great school. These are the imperatives they've applied to creating their own school.
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A nice summary of The Odyssey Initiative (I scooped this recently). 6 key learnings from a year of visiting schools: Inquiry works at all ages; Integrated curriculum is powerful; multiple assessments give a full picture; PD sustains teachers; tech. use should be open-ended; learning should be grounded in place. 

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Growing Pains for Rocketship's Blended-Learning Juggernaut

Growing Pains for Rocketship's Blended-Learning Juggernaut | School Design | Scoop.it
The highly touted charter network's new "flexible classroom" model failed to reverse steady test-score declines, raising questions about Rocketship's aggressive expansion plans.
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An important article describing Rocketship Education's model. The article describes both what the education model is and the issues the organization is having as it grows very fast...a cautionary tale, but also an article full of interesting design elements.

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This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education | School Design | Scoop.it
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead.
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This is fabulous TEDx Talk by an amazing young man. He describes his homeschool experience as "hacking" education: In his view, hackers are creative innovators who change systems and institutions. He describes his approach to his education as "hack-schooling:" it's flexible, opportunistic, and adaptable. He organizes his education around his own core values: learning to be healthy, happy, and creative. This is so powerful!

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What Makes Milpitas a Model for Innovation (EdSurge News)

What Makes Milpitas a Model for Innovation (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
Step inside Milpitas High School, and you will see Chromebooks on every desk, students blogging in class, and small groups testing out wind turbines to power model homes.
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A small district near San Francisco that asked teachers to use design thinking to redesign their schools. The process took only 3 months, and the district is now a model in blended learning....very exiciting to imagine.

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How to Tap Into Kids’ Creative Confidence

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OpenIDEO "How might be inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?" That was the challenge posed by OpenIDEO several months ago:
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This Mind/Shift post lists the teenage winnders of OpenIDEO's challenge for cultivating creative confidence in young people. IDEO is a design studio that has done some of the best and most well-known work on defining the design process in a way that makes it DIY...it's a wonderful organization to know about if you are working in the world of school design. 

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Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals

Subverting the System: Student and Teacher as Equals | School Design | Scoop.it
One educator tries a different approach: “It’s a different way of approaching education, with educators not being the controlling force. It’s about breaking down boundaries and seeing yourself as an equal.
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A classroom in an expeditionary learning school in which a high school science teacher creates an open space for students to explore the big philosophical questions of science, as they run the classroom...check out Big History Courses as well. 

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Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay | TNTP

Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay | TNTP | School Design | Scoop.it
Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay. If we value great teaching, we must pay teachers more and differently.
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A huge factor in determining if a new learning environment is going to be successful is contingent upon the adults in the building. This new report details how compensation is probably hindering the sector's ability to retain and develop great educators.

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Schools without Classrooms

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Vittra has international schools that use design that encourages creativity and curiosity.

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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The Vittra Schools (there are 30 in Sweden) have eliminated classrooms...learning happens in every corner of the building, in every possible configuration.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, June 18, 10:45 AM

Vittra runs 30 schools in Sweden and wants learning to take place everywhere in its schools, so it threw out the "old-school" thinking of straight desks in a line in a four-walled classroom. They eliminated all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters children’s "curiosity and creativity". 

 

Vittra opened Telefonplan School in Stockholm where Architect Rosan Bosch designed the school so children could work independently in opened-spaces while lounging, or go to "the village" to work on group projects. Check out the Five Learning Spaces:

1. The Cave

2. The Lab

3. The Camp Fire

4. The Watering Hole

5. The Showoff

 

 

MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, July 3, 11:28 PM

Una escuela sin clases! Ejemplo del aprendizaje personalizado. Muy bueno.

Mark McLendon's curator insight, July 6, 4:48 PM

Maria Montessori had these ideas before anyone.  Learning happens wherever you are not just in the classroom.

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What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like | School Design | Scoop.it
The goal of Teacher Powered Schools initiative, led by Education Evolving, is to seed a movement that will inspire other teachers in schools across the country to realize their potential as leaders.
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This post profiles a charter school in St. Paul Minnesota, describing the key features of a teacher-powered school. 

 

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Minerva Schools at KGI

Minerva Schools at KGI | School Design | Scoop.it
Minerva Schools at KGI is a unique undergraduate education experience for the brightest, most motivated students in the world.
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An amazing redesign of higher education...very cool, very hip, VERY global, very hands-on and personalized...very desirable. 

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Charting the PD Waters With Badges (EdSurge News)

Charting the PD Waters With Badges (EdSurge News) | School Design | Scoop.it
Although I love the freedom, flexibility and personalization of informal learning with my PLN on social media, I always felt that there should be a system for acknowledging that learning.  Badging for professional learning, now, seems an obvious solution. Badging itself has a long, rich history, eve
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A very cool post by a librarian who was tasked with creating an engaging way to encourage teachers to learn how to use Web 2.0 tools. She DIY'd (do-it-yourself) a badging system that transformed PD at her school. As EdSurge suggests: in a world where content creation is everything, great librarians are on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

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Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust

Innovative Ed. Model Challenges Teachers to Adjust | School Design | Scoop.it
A controversial gamble by Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite to expand innovative school models is revealing the difficulties of changing and improving how students are taught.
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Designing and replicating innovative schools is challenging work, at every level. This article and video focus on the work in Philly...it provides a more detailed description of instructional challenges than one often finds. 

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Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists

Education 3.0: Students as Connectors, Creators, & Constructivists | School Design | Scoop.it
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A nice look at education 3.0: it's all about what students are doing. 

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What If Kids Co-Created Customized Learning Pathways?

What If Kids Co-Created Customized Learning Pathways? | School Design | Scoop.it
New tools are making it easier to customize learning for every student. Playlists, projects, and portfolios support big blocks, maker spaces, and flex schools. One thing I appreciate about the Christensen Institute definition of blended learning is that it stresses student agency by requiring "student control over time, place, path, and/or pace."
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A nice post by Tom Vander Ark on ways to put students in the driver's seat of their learning. Some of the key levers: projects, individualized profiles, competency-based progressions, adaptive learning software, etc.

 

There are some great links in the post...as usual, Vander Ark does a great job of summarizing a lot of ideas into a single post.

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Odyssey Initiative

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"3 Experienced educators are crossing the country to visit 60 schools as they look for promising practices before they open their own school in Brooklyn NY. Read about their journey: http://www.odysseyinitiative.org/

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Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:A Day in a Mastery-Centered Classroom

Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:A Day in a Mastery-Centered Classroom | School Design | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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A really nice first person account of a teacher's creation of a classroom that as she describes it "is a tutoring environment." The teacher was inspired by Bloom's 2-sigma problem: that 98% of students who learn in a tutoring environments will score better than those in a regular classroom environment. Her mastery-based classroom is a low-tech example: one doesn't need to have all of the bells and whistles of technology (though it's wonderfully helpful)...this is an example of a classroom that is still paper and pencil based.

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Calif. Charter Caters to Home-Schooled Students

Through an unusual partnership between a school district and an educational-management group, a charter school helps reconnect home-schooling families to local public schools.
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More and more evidence that brick-and-mortar conceptions of school are under revision. This article describes a school that is serving and supporting home schooled students AND their parents. Students attend school 2 days a week, and 3 days a week work with their parents on customized projects that the school helped developed, but parents facilitate. Fascinating!!

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What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning?

What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning? | School Design | Scoop.it
Author David Price writes: "If schools are coming into direct competition with the learning opportunities available in the informal social space, it has to be said that this is a pressure, which barely registers within the political discourse.
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Nice blog by Price that identifies some of the essential problems and confusions currently floating in the education space with regard to purpose and vision. While educators still see themselves as essential to the landscape, learners are in the process of turning to the virtual space for more and more significant learning opportunities. 

 

On a personal note: I recently discovered that my daughter's high-attaining, highly educated school district does not allow students to use wikipedia as a legitimate source. So, she, along with every other 4th grader in her school wrote an informative report on a state, using the old Encyclopedia stand-bys World Book and Brittanica (the same sources I used for the same report I wrote 30 years ago!).

 

When I asked the librarian about the wikipedia embargo she explained "wikipedia can change,"  (revision? updates? are we really arguing against this?) "kids have to learn there is more out there than google," and also, "we paid a lot of money for the encyclopedias, why shouldn't the kids use them."

 

Hmmm...as my dear friend and colleague Kirsten Olson says "She's out of business, she just doesn't know it yet." 

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