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Thoughts on Educational Reform

Here are videos and posts with different views on Education reform...

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Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Cultivating Thriving Schools

Brian Stecher is a senior social scientist and the associate director of RAND Education. Stecher's thesis is that our current system of assessment is innately inadequate and counterproductive. He outlines a new, easy to implement model to measure and create thriving schools and thriving students.

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Changing Schools from the Inside Out

This white paper from McREL International urges education leaders and policy makers to rethink the current, top-down approach to reform and consider what might happen if we improved our schools from the inside out.

The inside-out approach "puts student engagement, motivation, and true problem-solving abilities at the heart of everything we do" – creating a different, more powerful outcome for all students that gives then a tool for lifelong success: curiosity.

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Chalkboard Project

Founded in 2005 by a coalition of Oregon's largest philanthropic foundations, Chalkboard worked with partners across the state of Oregon to advocate for the revival and revision of a statewide mentorship program for new educators, published several key research reports and best practices papers, and launched a website to bolster public understanding of what was happening in Oregon schools. They invested in pilot projects in school districts throughout the state, and have seen much of their work adopted into state policy managed by the Oregon Department of Education.

At the end of 2019, they were looking at the disparities that exist for students of color and for rural communities. Their goal going forward is to use their experience with advocacy, convening, research, and storytelling in new ways to radically accelerate progress for children and families.

Worth watching and employing as a model for reform in other regions and states.

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

This video was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.

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Real-world Learning at the 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Games

Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools for the West Vancouver School District, shares the story of twenty-five students who brought the notion of personalized learning to life and learned how powerful social media can be for learning, creating communities, and how it will change education.

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Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR), a part of Brown University, is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities. Their Publications section covers a wide rage of reform topics.

In mid-2018, AISR was in a period of transition and refocusing their mission. Several AISR programs will continue their work of the last few years in new organizational homes. We will update this link and others as the transition unfolds.

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