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Five reasons to serve others

Five reasons to serve others | Village Tech Schools | Scoop.it
When you serve, you discover that often the most important things you have to offer are not things at all, says the founder of Servicespace.org...

This article paints a beautiful picture of what community should look like at Village Tech Schools.  Not only do teachers serve students and vice versa, but we all serve our local communities.  This service connects us to the places we inhabit and creates a desire to improve the communities in which we live. Also, identifying our local needs opens our eyes to the needs of people all over the world. This kind of perspective develops students who are future leaders in ... well, everything.

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What You (Really) Need to Know

What You (Really) Need to Know | Village Tech Schools | Scoop.it

"The digital age has changed more than how we learn. It’s changed what we need to learn." Former Harvard president, Lawrence Summers, discusses how postsecondary education has remained static since its inception. He proposes a way forward for colleges and universities that parallels what we are doing at Village Tech Schools. He advocates information processing, collaboration, incorporation of technology, active learning, international experiences, and data analysis.

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Average Is Over

Average Is Over | Village Tech Schools | Scoop.it

"In the 21st-century economy, everyone is going to have to find a little something extra to stand out in their field of employment." This article should speak to those of us in education in two ways: 1) we must be innovative in the educational services we provide to our students and 2) we want to develop students who are capable of creating their own innovations. Schools can no longer rely on a system of education built B.G. (before globalization). Our students need not just critical skills, but "create-ical" skills to solve problems; not just identify them. Innovation is met with either protest or productivity. And I've never ridden a horse to work (see article).

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February eZine - From STEM to STEAM

February eZine - From STEM to STEAM | Village Tech Schools | Scoop.it

"And arts are the conduit, the glue, the agent through which all great ideas begin and end."

 

We are the most connected society in human history, and yet, students do feel disconnected from their teachers, the curriculum, and the community.  The integration of coursework (especially the arts!) taught by expert teachers who involve students in their local and global communities is a step out of our current educational mess. Moving forward students will need skills across many disciplines in order to generate and implement new ideas in business, politics, industry, and the arts.

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Why U.S. Teachers Work the Most But U.S. Students Stay Average

Why U.S. Teachers Work the Most But U.S. Students Stay Average | Village Tech Schools | Scoop.it
The ongoing struggle to explain American educational inefficiencies...

This furthers the argument that teachers need to be valued. This comes in the form of ownership of the work, mastery of the work, purpose in the work, and adequate compensation. While merit pay is a nasty term among most educational circles, pay based solely on years of experience continues to suppress innovation.  The way forward is a happy medium of quality base pay coupled with opportunities for growth.

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