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Winston Salem Administrators Workshop - 7.28.09 Winston Salem Administrators Workshop - 7.28.09 Presentation Transcript

  • Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need Chris Lehmann Science Leadership Academy
  • Who Is This Guy?
  • Why This Matters
  • My Bias: School 2.0 is Progressive Education with 21st Century Tools
  • More Bias: Citizenry, Not Workforce
  • One Last Bias: Public Education = Democracy
  • What They Say About Us Obsolete Broken Wasteland Money Pits Failing
  • The Problem Is... If we keep down our current path, they’re right.
  • Our Biggest Problem: A Lack of Vision http://www.flickr.com/photos/lnx/6257130/
  • Project-Based Learning Blogs Web 2.0 Student-Centered Learning Numeracy Differentiated Instruction 21st Century Literacy Edu-Speak Direct Instruction Authentic Assessment Standards-Driven Instruction Twitter Accountability Life-Long Learning Wikis
  • We Deny Words Power When They Are Not Embedded In Practice
  • Another Big Problem: A Lack of Humility
  • A Related Problem: Educators Are Too A-Historical
  • What the school system needs to understand is that its strength lies, not in the strength of the central organization, but in the strength of the individual school, not in making one school like another, but in making each school a distinct unit. The need of the system is the preservation of its units, so that each school can keep itself alive, wide awake, responsive to its people, easily adaptable, the best of its kind. Angelo Patri -- A Schoolmaster of the Great City
  • You Can’t Standardize Differentiated Instruction, Differentiated Schools
  • A Crazy Thought... About Math Teaching,Virtual Schools and Why Class Still Matters
  • Things Are Different How Do We Deal With That?
  • If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow. John Dewey
  • If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. - John Cleese http://www.flickr.com/photos/edublogger/ 838786841/ Photo by Ewan McIntosh
  • We Learn Best When It Matters To Us
  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. -- Alvin Toffler http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwichary/2225299236/
  • Scary Thought: What are we willing to unlearn and relearn?
  • What Is Your Vision? Who Do We Want Our Kids To Be? How Do We Help Them Best?
  • My Two Cents: Thoughtful Wise Passionate Kind
  • Science Leadership Academy •Inquiry •Research •Collaboration •Presentation •Reflection
  • Gates Foundation • Rigor • Relevance • Relationships http://www.gatesfoundation.org/UnitedStates/Education/TransformingHighSchools/
  • Coalition of Essential Schools • Learning to use one’s mind well. • Less is More, depth over coverage • Goals apply to all students • Personalization • Student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach • Demonstration of mastery • A tone of decency and trust • Commitment to the entire school • Resources dedicated to teaching and learning • Democracy and equity http://www.essentialschools.org/pub/ces_docs/about/phil/10cps/10cps.html
  • High Tech High • Personalization • Adult World Connection • Common Intellectual Mission http://www.hightechhigh.org/about/design-principles.php
  • Disrupting Schools • Maximize human potential. • Facilitate a vibrant, participatory democracy in which we have an informed electorate that is capable of not being “spun” by self-interested leaders. • Hone the skills, capabilities, and attitudes that will help our economy remain prosperous and economically competitive. • Nurture the understanding that people can see things differently -- and that those differences merit respect rather than persecution. Disrupting Schools, pg. 1
  • Christian Long’s Learning Manifesto • “Playing Small Does Not Serve The World:” Your Brain Is Your Brand. • What Would Socrates Do? • Nobody Cares That You Walked Uphill Both Ways in the Snow. • Got Passion? If Not, I’ll Tell You What To Care About. • My Memory Is Only As Big As My Heart, Otherwise I’ll Stick With Google. • Look It Up Or Die. • Collaboration Ain’t About Holding Hands. It’s About Going Places Fast. • This Will Go Down On Your Permanent Record. • It Ain’t About the Technology, It’s About Being Inside the Story • Nobody Knows the Answer. Get Comfy With the Questions. http://thinklab.typepad.com/think_lab/2007/01/the_future_of_l.html
  • Discussion: What Is Your Vision For Your School? What Is Your Manifesto For Education?
  • Caring Institutions We Teach Kids, Not Subjects
  • Inquiry-Driven What are the questions we can ask together?
  • Student-Centered It’s Not About Us.
  • Teacher-Mentored Kids Need Adults
  • Community-Based We can learn from many
  • Collaborative Synthesis Works
  • Passionate And it has to matter.
  • Integrated The day has to make sense
  • Meta-Cognitive We need to think about thinking.
  • Authentic Assessment as Real and Transparent
  • Transparent We Can Invite the World To Our Schools
  • What Does Tech Do?
  • Relevance?
  • Paraphrasing Neil Postman: Certain Technologies Are Not Additive, They Are Transformative
  • Technology Must Be Like Oxygen Ubiquitous, Necessary and Invisible
  • Research Collaborate Create Present Network
  • A Convenient And Reasonably False Taxonomy Research Collaborate Create Network Present RSS Wikis Blogging Twitter uStream Google Del.icio.us Docs Drupal Skype Flickr Google Moodle Podcasting Facebook iTunes U Wikipedia Digital Films IM Voicethread Email
  • The Killer App: •Student Information System •Student Reporting System •Parent Interface •“Walled Garden” •School / Student Publishing Tool •And more... (Library, etc...)
  • Hiring Scheduling Curriculum Administration Systems and Structures Parent Relations Professional Food Service Development Assessment
  • Say What You Do And Do What You Say
  • We Teach Kids, Not Subjects
  • Discussion Prompt: • How do we create curriculum in this model? • What do we teach when THIS is available 24/7? • How do you establish a link between your manifesto and your curriculum? • What does assessment look like in your model?
  • Before You Leave For Lunch....
  • Common Language of Teaching and Learning
  • Traditional Classrooms: Recall-Based Tests Homework Projects Class Participation
  • The Schools We Need: Understanding- Driven Projects Homework Class Participation Tests & Quizzes
  • Common Inputs
  • Common Process
  • Common Assessment Tools
  • What is Teacher 2.0? • How is a teacher’s life different in this model? • What are the skills necessary to teach in this world? • How do we find new teachers? • How do we help resistant teachers to adapt?
  • Break-Out: Examine Five Other Systems and Structures of Your School: How Should They Change To Better Reflect Your Values.
  • Hard Questions: • What is the worst consequence of your best idea? • How can you mitigate them? • What are the obstacles to this change? • How can you overcome them?
  • Creating Change What is the action plan to move the systems and structures of your school / classroom closer to the values you espouse? • One month plan • One year plan • Three year plan
  • What is the role of teacher in the age of Google?
  • Wisdom.
  • Keep In Touch: Chris Lehmann Science Leadership Academy chris@practicaltheory.org http://www.practicaltheory.org Twitter: chrislehmann Skype: chrislehmann EduCon 2.2 -- Jan. 29-31, 2010 http://educon22.wikispaces.com