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
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.
If you want creative workers, give them
enough time to play.
- John Cleese
Photo by Ewan McIntosh
Science Leadership Academy
Coalition of Essential
• Learning to use one’s mind well.
• Less is More, depth over coverage
• Goals apply to all students
• 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
High Tech High
• Adult World Connection
• Common Intellectual
• 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
• Hone the skills, capabilities, and attitudes that will
help our economy remain prosperous and
• 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.
What Is Your Vision For Your School?
What Is Your Manifesto For Education?
We Teach Kids, Not Subjects
What are the questions we
can ask together?
A Convenient And Reasonably False Taxonomy
Research Collaborate Create Network Present
RSS Wikis Blogging Twitter uStream
Del.icio.us Docs Drupal Skype Flickr
Google Moodle Podcasting Facebook iTunes U
Wikipedia Digital Films IM Voicethread
The Killer App:
•Student Reporting System
•School / Student
•And more... (Library, etc...)
Systems and Structures
• How do we create curriculum in this
• What do we teach when THIS is
• How do you establish a link between
your manifesto and your curriculum?
• What does assessment look like in
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
• How do we help resistant
teachers to adapt?
Examine Five Other Systems and Structures
of Your School:
How Should They Change To Better Reﬂect
• What is the worst consequence of your
• How can you mitigate them?
• What are the obstacles to this change?
• How can you overcome them?
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?