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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.

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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