Monthly Archives: February 2013

This is what thinking big about school reform looks like

It’s Sugata Mitra’s acceptance speech for winning the 2013 TED Prize. What do you think of his idea? And what do you think about this criticism of his idea?

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This is Your Brain on Test Scores

There are two seemingly unrelated columns in today’s Opinion page of the New York Times that provide a crisp summary of where we stand in our current thinking about school reform — and where we need to go.

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How Do You Design a Healthy School?

What if every school used our founding principles as a nation as its design principles for learning? How would schools need to change? And what would we unleash as a result?

This is one of the riddles at the center of the 10-part video series, A Year at Mission Hill. And although we’re just two chapters in, I’m starting to see an early pattern – and a dialectical pair of design principles at the center of it all.

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How to Tell a Good Learning Story

Last week, at the New Teacher Center’s 15thannual conference in San Jose, I urged more than 700 educators to start telling their own stories about teaching and learning, and to stop letting outside forces pigeonhole public perceptions of the work that they do

The talk went well (view the Prezi below and decide for yourself), but I worried afterwards that all I’d done was suggest a compelling path forward – and provide little else.

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Teacher Stories

This morning, I gave a keynote presentation at the 15th annual conference of the New Teacher Center. Thanks to the great work of some friends at Prezi, I tried to offer a visual contextual path for where we are, and where we need to go. That Prezi is now public. Take a look and see […]

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Painted On Canvas

If you haven’t heard of Gregory Porter and you love jazz music, check him out. And if you want to hear a beautiful song that sums up everything that matters about teaching and learning, take a listen to his song, “Painted On Canvas,” and read his lyrics below.

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