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Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built :: NY Times

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built :: NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.

"The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology. Along with the nonprofit media watchdog group Common Sense Media, it also plans an anti-tech addiction lobbying effort and an ad campaign at 55,000 public schools in the United States."

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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind presently exists in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Teacher comments in school reports: What’s effective? - Teacher

Teacher comments in school reports: What’s effective? - Teacher | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
From our own continuing analysis of contemporary Australian school reports and our recent focus group work with stakeholders as part of our Communicating Student Learning Progress project, it is immediately noticeable that schools, teachers, students, parents and carers are grappling with the purpose – and even the place – of teacher comments in reports. This article serves to highlight some of the observations that we have made in our early analysis of teacher comments.

 

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I found this to be a particularly interesting article. It illustrates various kinds of feedback provided on report cards and works to explain what is effective and what is not, for both students and their parents. I think this piece would make for an excellent conversation in a faculty meeting, department meeting, or professional development session, as well as simply in one's professional reading.

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TELL Project

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The TELL Project is a ground-breaking effort that will have a major impact on our profession. For the first time we have a shared vision of what our teaching practice should and could be.


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This is a very useful resource for language teachers and trainee teachers. A really useful tool for teacher development.

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Shift Happens: 4 mindset shifts for teaching in the 21st century :: Jill Pavitch

Shift Happens: 4 mindset shifts for teaching in the 21st century :: Jill Pavitch | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"According to Forbes magazine, freelancers are expected to become the workforce majority by 2027, in large part, due to the perks of a digital era.

"Things like automation, video conferencing, document sharing, and infinite digital reach are opening doors to freedom, flexibility, and the chance to work from *virtually* anywhere but an office cubicle.

"With the growth of freelance apparently dancing triples around the traditional workforce, the ‘Gig Economy' is on the rise, with nearly half the Millennial population already on board.

"What used to be the ‘fallback' for those who lost a job, freelancing is stepping into the limelight as the legit standard in pursuing a professional career.

"So…what does this mean for our students?

"Well, as an entry point, this means that if they're moving into a world where freelancing is the new cubicle, our students will need to know how to self-direct.

:According to ed-advocate and early tech adopter David Warlick:

‘this is an era that will require…teachers and students to learn to be information artisans–people who can creatively and artistically reshape information and raw material into compelling information products.'

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This actually is a pretty thoughtful piece and makes good arguments for the types of shifts we need to implement now (because those who started kindergarten in 2018 will enter the workforce in approximately 2030). Author Pavitch tries a little too hard to be funny or cute, in my opinion; her numerous asides distract readers from her very meaningful points.

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Institute for New Economic Thinking

Institute for New Economic Thinking | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
West Virginia’s public school teachers had endured years of low pay, inadequate insurance, giant class sizes, and increasingly unlivable conditions—including attempts to force them to record private details of their health daily on a wellness app. Their governor, billionaire coal baron Jim Justice, pledged to allow them no more than an annual 1% raise—effectively a pay cut considering inflation—in a state where teacher salaries ranked 48th lowest out of 50 states. In February 2018, they finally revolted: In a tense, nine-day work stoppage, they managed to wrest a 5% pay increase from the state. Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky have now revolted in similar protests.

It’s the latest battle in a contest between two countervailing forces: one bent on reengineering America for the benefit of the wealthy, the other struggling to preserve dignity and security for ordinary people.

If the story turns out the way the Jim Justices desire, the children of a first-world country will henceforth be groomed for a third-world life.

 

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A very pointed analysis that identifies a strategy of the .001% to exacerbate the have and have-not economic class structure in America. This is, to be sure, controversial to many people, but is, nevertheless, an arguable perspective  - and worthy of consideration (in my opinion).

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What I've Learned From Quitting Social Media for 30 Days 

What I've Learned From Quitting Social Media for 30 Days  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
At the start of the year, I decided to take a 30 day break from social media. I adopted a philosophy that Cal Newport refers to in his new book as “Digital Minimalism”.

I didn't upload a single picture to Instagram or write a single Facebook status update.
I took an occasional peek at my tweetdeck, which lasted no more than a minute.


Through these 30 days, I've noticed some interesting changes in my life that have made me question the value of social media."

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Deciding if Non-Traditional Education Is Right for You

Deciding if Non-Traditional Education Is Right for You | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"...there are more traditional alternatives: online courses, weeks-long project-based classes, or one-year skill-centered programs. These share a common thread: They combine traditional classroom education with real-world problems. This approach creates a theoretical base and immediately puts them into practice with fast-paced projects. These are the closest traditional education comes to learning by doing.

3 Categories of College Alternatives
-Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
-Bootcamps
-For-profit online schools

There are exceptions, but broadly speaking, these categories capture most of the alternatives. The best education innovation is happening in MOOCs and bootcamps, so we will begin there."

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Data Shows 3 of the 5 Biggest School Districts Hire More Security Officers Than Counselors | The 74

Data Shows 3 of the 5 Biggest School Districts Hire More Security Officers Than Counselors | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"School security officers outnumber counselors in four out of the 10 largest public school districts in the country —  including three of the top five — according to data obtained by The 74.
New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County, and Houston schools all employ more security staff than counselors. New York City, Chicago and Miami-Dade are all among the nation’s five biggest school districts.

"Not one of the top 10 districts, where counselors may be particularly beneficial for low-income students, meets the American School Counselor Association’s recommendation of one counselor for every 250 students — most weren’t even close. The nearest to the standard was Hawaii with 274 students for every counselor.

"In Houston, there are 1,175 students for every counselor. Meanwhile, the Texas district has one security staffer for every 785 students."

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How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’ | EdSurge News

How to Move From Digital Substitution to ‘Deeper Learning’ | EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The biggest challenge for teachers is really around the dynamics of agency. More than anything else, that seems to be the sticking point—whether or not we want to give up control and hand it over to our students. It’s sort of about control and ownership and agency over what you do, and we violate that on an hourly basis in every school, everywhere. And so it’s about this idea that we have to turn things over to kids and let them drive their learning and make mistakes because it’s part of the process, instead of controlling everything so tightly [because] we just have these freakish control needs where we’re unwilling to let our students actually drive their own learning process.

But when we do, it’s always, always amazing.
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10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom | MindShift | KQED News

10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom | MindShift | KQED News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Inquiry-based techniques are challenging conventional ways of teaching and empowering students who might otherwise get overlooked.

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How Next Generation Schools Define Success

How Next Generation Schools Define Success | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From leading educators in public school redesign: What today’s kids need to know and be able to do, and how we know they’re learning it.

 

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Outstanding compilation of research on schools that focus on education for future skills and knowledge, not those of the past. Well worth reading. Published by Next Generation Learning Challenges

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Now That Schools Are Promoting Broader Definitions of Success, How Do We Measure Progress?

Now That Schools Are Promoting Broader Definitions of Success, How Do We Measure Progress? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
As more schools adopt learning goals beyond reading, writing and math, certain questions are vexing school leaders worldwide: How can we measure growth in creative thinking? How can we spot a “self-aware” team member? How can we measure whether our graduating high school seniors have the habits necessary to succeed at college and throughout adult life?

The good news is that leading grantmakers have defined new goals for students, including the XQ Learner Goals, the Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning outcomes, and MyWays from NGLC. Battelle for Kids also has a roadmap for schools to develop new graduate profiles.
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A Guide to Surviving—and Thriving—at Project-Based Learning | EdSurge News

A Guide to Surviving—and Thriving—at Project-Based Learning | EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"As project-based learning (or PBL) aficionados know, throwing a project at students and expecting them to learn exactly what is intended is a double-edged sword. Projects offer opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and skills simultaneously. But in the standards-driven society we live in, PBL doesn’t allow for the easiest tracking of student performance. And putting together rubrics take time and expertise.

In pursuit of some PBL-rich materials to provide to the EdSurge audience (so that you don't have to recreate the wheel), I ventured down to one of San Diego to visit Thrive Public School’s annual PBL conference. Thrive is a charter school in one of San Diego’s rougher neighborhoods and serves a low-income population that is 60% free and reduced lunch, including a small concentration of homeless students. The school had 242 visitors from other districts and organizations in the last year alone--and not just for their blended approach. A fair amount of Thrive's staff comes from High Tech High, an experimental school in the same area, where PBL is king."

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British schoolchildren to join Europe-wide protest 'strikes' over climate change

British schoolchildren to join Europe-wide protest 'strikes' over climate change | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"British schoolchildren are planning to walk out of lessons on Friday 15th February, as part of a growing movement demanding urgent action on climate change. Pupils are being encouraged to put down their pens for three hours and go on "strike", with protests planned in more than 20 locations.

 

"The children are following the example of tens of thousands of their peers across Europe, who have been holding regular marches since January.

 

"Some of the largest protests have been held in Belgium. One demonstration, in Liège, drew 15,000 people - parents and grandparents joining students as they marched to the city hall with chants of “to arms”.

 

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3 States Tried to Shutter Failing For-Profit Online Charter Schools. A Suspicious Pattern of Allegations, Accusations, and Legal Complaints Quickly Followed | The 74

3 States Tried to Shutter Failing For-Profit Online Charter Schools. A Suspicious Pattern of Allegations, Accusations, and Legal Complaints Quickly Followed | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"On their face, the allegations describe public officials being bought — for a pittance. Drinks in a hotel lobby. Airfare reimbursement for a meeting. A $4,000 “personal payment” appearing just before a mid-level functionary inks a government contract for the consultant offering the so-called perks. Indeed, the legal complaints filed in South Carolina, Georgia and Nevada have resulted in a string of juicy headlines. But layer in context and identify patterns that emerge, and it’s possible to paint a very different picture: The officials accused were all attempting to enforce rules that could shut down for-profit online-only charter schools that posted abysmal academic outcomes year after year. In an exclusive 74 investigation, Beth Hawkins takes a look at a long history of pushback by virtual charters, including large campaign contributions, social media campaigns and publicity stunts — and has identified a pattern of legal complaints in the three states aimed specifically at oversight officials themselves. Greg Richmond, CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the organization at the center of the complaints, believes they are designed to shift attention away from the poor quality of the for-profit charters. “The complaint is full of falsehoods,” he said, “but it doesn’t matter.”

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Journeys of Reflective Practice :: Strengthening Teacher Educators' Professional Skills

Journeys of Reflective Practice :: Strengthening Teacher Educators' Professional Skills | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This book, Journeys of Reflective Practice, is a compilation of the research findings and reflections from teacher educators who have effectively demonstrated their understanding of action research and classroom enquiry. Each one actively investigated a challenge they faced in the classroom or training room to better understand their learners and how to strengthen their teaching and training skills. 

 

"This book is borne out of the work of a project in Nepal, called Strengthening Teacher Educators' Professional Skills (STEPS), and focuses on two of the professional practices in the Teaching for Success CPD Frameworks for teachers and teacher educators: 

  • Researching and contributing to the profession (CPD Framework for teachers educators)
  • Taking responsibility for your own professional development (CPD Framework for teachers)

 

"The book can be used by other teachers and educators as a reference to further help them tackle similar issues in their own professional lives.

 

"This publication is free to download in pdf format below.


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Eating, Shopping, and Project-Based Learning: A View From Memphis’ Mall-Based Crosstown High | The 74

Eating, Shopping, and Project-Based Learning: A View From Memphis’ Mall-Based Crosstown High | The 74 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

One semester into the inaugural year at Memphis’s Crosstown High School, a project based-learning charter school and recipient of a grant from the folks who run the XQ high school redesign contest, leaders are learning some important lessons. Not all projects catch students’ attention. Freshmen coming from years in a traditional school setting aren’t quite ready to totally guide their own learning. It’s hard to teach and test math in non-traditional ways. And given access to the unique mall setting that houses the school, teens will be teens. Carolyn Phenicie reports on the school’s unique curriculum and setting, and its leaders’ goal of attracting a diverse student body.

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The Best Mind Mapping Software in 2019 by Maria Myre

The Best Mind Mapping Software in 2019 by Maria Myre | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Mind mapping is a creative exercise that begins when you write down a central idea or theme, then draw lines that branch out into new "nodes," each with a new word or idea that's related to the first.

 

"Simple enough. And you can certainly mind map on a blank piece of paper, but digitalizing the process lends convenience and flexibility to the process. With a digital mind map, you're not confined to the size of your paper and can easily move ideas around with little effort.

 

"We tested dozens of mind mapping tools, and here we'll present the 11 best to help you decide which is right for mapping that mind of yours."


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What Should Children Learn? :: Paul Gagnon, The Atlantic

What Should Children Learn? :: Paul Gagnon, The Atlantic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
CAN the wishes of two Presidents, Republican and Democratic, of most governors, of several Congresses, and of up to 80 percent of the American public and teachers simply be ignored? So it seems. Over the past five years all of them have called for national academic standards, to make schools stronger and more equal. But their will has been frustrated by the century-old habits of American educators unable to conceive of excellence and equity co-existing in the schools most children have to attend. This makes a depressing story, but some of it needs telling if those children are to see a happy ending. For to succeed where national efforts failed, state and local school leaders, teachers, parents, and citizens need to understand what they are up against, what has to be done differently, and how much is at stake.

 

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A thoughtful and passionate exploration of education policy. In reading the first paragraph, above, one might find oneself challenged to figure out just where author Gagnon situates himself on the conservative vs. progressive education thought continuum. Then the significance of this having been published in 1995 begins to make some sense.

 

In 1995, No Child Left Behind is still to happen 7 years into the future. "A Nation at Risk" was published 12 years previously. Bill Clinton was President. The then longest US government shutdown (22 days) was taking place at the same time as the article's publication; a gallon of regular gas was selling for $1.15; the war in Bosnia had just ended; Israel and Syria sat down for peace talks; the U.S. Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed.

 

Upon reflection, this appears to be a particularly contradictory time.

 

What this illuminates for me is how difficult it is to determine for oneself what the enduring values are in American education in  face of the constant, and somewhat predictable, policy  pendulum swings. Does Gagnon write in the midst of a  transition from one to the other? He certainly works hard to define his own sense of what is important. 

 

This piece is certainly worth reading...at least once, and perhaps twice, or more. It's a lot to think about.

 

And just to add a bit more to think about...do you think the subhead on the cover accurately emphasizes the article's main point?

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline : NPR (Link to full text of the resolution)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline : NPR (Link to full text of the resolution) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole under an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying new report, there seem to be constant reminders now of the dangers that climate change poses to humanity.


"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., think they have a start to a solution. Thursday they are introducing a framework defining what they call a "Green New Deal" — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions."

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Let's Get to Work: Learning from Success in Career and Technical Education :: Report from Chiefs for Change

Let's Get to Work: Learning from Success in Career and Technical Education :: Report from Chiefs for Change | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

'Strengthening and modernizing career and tech ed. Chiefs for Change, a national group of district and state education leaders, is encouraging improvements to career and technical education in its latest report. “Let’s Get to Work: Learning From Success in Career and Technical Education” makes the case for CTE (given workforce demands and its potential to engage students, mostly) and profiles districts and states with modern CTE programs that are succeeding. Programs in Denver Public Schools and the San Antonio Independent School District, along with statewide initiatives in Tennessee and Nevada, are among those worth reading more about. And the report also highlights international exemplars from Switzerland, Denmark and Germany. For the action-oriented, read the report for 11 key recommendations to improve career and technical education programs."

 

by Tara Garcia Mathewson
 

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Finding Lena Forsen, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena Forsen, the Patron Saint of JPEGs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Among some computer engineers, Lena is a mythic figure, a mononym on par with Woz or Zuck. Whether or not you know her face, you’ve used the technology it helped create; practically every photo you’ve ever taken, every website you’ve ever visited, every meme you’ve ever shared owes some small debt to Lena. Yet today, as a 67-year-old retiree living in her native Sweden, she remains a little mystified by her own fame. “I’m just surprised that it never ends,” she told me recently.

Lena’s path to iconhood began in the pages of Playboy. In 1972, at the age of 21, she appeared as Miss November, wearing nothing but a feathered sun hat, boots, stockings, and a pink boa. (At her suggestion, the editors spelled her first name with an extra “n,” to encourage proper pronunciation. “I didn’t want to be called Leena,” she explained.)
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Jail or Bail? There’s a New Option - The New York Times

Jail or Bail? There’s a New Option - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Since the city began offering supervised release in 2016, more than 11,000 people have entered the program, and the mayor’s office estimates that it is responsible for 38 percent of the decline in the jailed population on Rikers Island since then. And it has done so in defiance of traditional notions that people who’ve been arrested pose a danger to public safety and are best detained until trial.
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MEASURES THAT MATTER MOST ::  How Do Next Generation Educators Measure Success?

MEASURES THAT MATTER MOST ::  How Do Next Generation Educators Measure Success? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We are Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). We represent some of the nation’s most innovative school models across both the charter and district sectors. The schools in our network are piloting ideas such as personalized learning, competency-based learning, deeper learning, blended learning, student-centered learning, among other approaches.

 

This report marks the first time we have asked our network of innovators to lend their voice to a critical set of questions: how should we go about measuring the success of an educational innovation? What measures matter most? Funders and policymakers are eager for evidence of success of the new models. Yet there does not currently exist a consensus on how to measure the success of educational innovation.

 

"For this report, we decided to turn to our own community of educational innovators to discuss what measures matter most to them. We also asked our network what measures they would like to see more of in the future. We were particularly interested in highlighting the different approaches and methodologies that our community of next generation educators find useful in measurement. By consulting those on the frontlines, we believe that we will elevate the national conversation."

 

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Another publication from Next Generation Learning Challenges that investigates how to assess progress of next generation learners. Also well worth reading.

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Tiger Ventures | XQ Institute

Tiger Ventures | XQ Institute | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Young entrepreneurs—fueling a community, and the future.

Tiger Ventures was born out of the belief that investing in young people as entrepreneurs can drive a community’s economic redevelopment. This is a high school and incubator space in one, where students pursue their college and career goals while working alongside start-up businesses. The idea for Tiger originated from Union-Endicott Central School District’s goals to introduce innovation, revitalize the community, creatively reuse existing buildings, develop incentives to keep students in the district, and improve graduation rates.

 

"This is a high school and a business incubator in one.

 

This is creating individualized learning pathways that will prepare students for success in college and 21st century careers.

 

This is entrepreneurship and sustainability learned through real-world projects.

 

This is raising the bar for students who have been underserved, instead of lowering it.

 

This is building a pipeline of entrepreneurial innovators who will revitalize and reinvigorate the local economy.

 

This is Tiger Ventures."

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How Brooklyn LAB Charter School is Integrating Non-Academic Habits into the Classroom | EdSurge News

How Brooklyn LAB Charter School is Integrating Non-Academic Habits into the Classroom | EdSurge News | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
How a school defines student success influences its design and impacts critical aspects such as professional learning, curriculum, assessment and school culture. This kind of shift requires thoughtfulness every step of the way, courage despite discomfort, and collaboration from the entire school community.

At Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School (LAB), the school’s co-founders, Erin Mote and Eric Tucker, are constantly on a quest to innovate and welcome the opportunity to iterate as they grow.
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