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Paul Beaufait

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National -... - 16 views

  • As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. "There's no word for accountability in Finnish," he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. "Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted."
  • The main driver of education policy is not competition between teachers and between schools, but cooperation.
  • Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.
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  • Finland -- unlike, say, very similar countries such as Norway -- was producing academic excellence through its particular policy focus on equity.
  •  the number of foreign-born residents in Finland doubled during the decade leading up to 2010, and the country didn't lose its edge in education. Immigrants tended to concentrate in certain areas, causing some schools to become much more mixed than others, yet there has not been much change in the remarkable lack of variation between Finnish schools in the PISA surveys across the same period.
  • Educational policy, Abrams suggests, is probably more important to the success of a country's school system than the nation's size or ethnic makeup.
  • When Finnish policymakers decided to reform the country's education system in the 1970s, they did so because they realized that to be competitive, Finland couldn't rely on manufacturing or its scant natural resources and instead had to invest in a knowledge-based economy. 
  • It is possible to create equality. And perhaps even more important -- as a challenge to the American way of thinking about education reform -- Finland's experience shows that it is possible to achieve excellence by focusing not on competition, but on cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity.
    Partanen, Anu. (2011). What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. The Atlantic. Retrieved January 9, 2012, from
Paul Beaufait - 23 views

    "The Obama Administration's Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement" (cover)
Steve Ransom

Education Week: The Classroom Is Obsolete: It's Time for Something New - 17 views

  • The following is a fairly universal list of education design principles for tomorrow’s schools, though it would be tailored to the needs of particular communities: (1) personalized; (2) safe and secure; (3) inquiry-based; (4) student-directed; (5) collaborative; (6) interdisciplinary; (7) rigorous and hands-on; (8) embodying a culture of excellence and high expectations; (9) environmentally conscious; (10) offering strong connections to the local community and business; (11) globally networked; and (12) setting the stage for lifelong learning.
  • we still think that yesterday’s classroom equals tomorrow’s school.
  • These initiatives would not necessarily get rid of classrooms, but instead redesign and refurbish them to operate as “learning studios” and “learning suites” alongside common areas reclaimed from hallways that vastly expand available space and allow better teaching and learning.
Elizabeth Bowden

17 Signs Your Classroom is Behind the Times - SimpleK12 - 6 views

    Excellent, might apply more to upper grades than elementary.
Jamie Camp

Streaming Event Session Information - 10 views

    Links to the archive of Diane Ravitch's talk on March 8, 2011 in Wisconsin.
    Diane Ravitch @ Univ of Wisconsin Madison March 8, 2011. This is right in the middle of the Wisconsin public education crisis.
Professional Learning Board

School Turn-around through Synergy - 8 views

    Eaton-Johnson Middle School is located in North Carolina, approximately 45 minutes north of Raleigh. The school is considered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a rural school, however, this is also inner city. Eaton-Johnson Middle School is located in a district with a high unemployment rate, high crime rate, and a high gang rate. When the school first implemented Synergy, the school was also suffering from low teacher morale, an unclear mission, and very little parent involvement. We had to do something, because EJMS was also considered a priority school which meant that the state was looking very closely at our instructional programs, teachers, school community, and the administration.
Steve Ransom

79 Ways to Redesign Teaching and Learning | The 3rd Teacher - 60 views

    Love these tips!
Steve Ransom

You Want Ideas? We Have Ideas! « Cooperative Catalyst - 24 views

    Add your blog post on Read Education Reform here to the comment thread for the Day of National Blogging for Real Reform, November 22, 2010!
David McGavock

Speak Up - 8 views

    "About Speak Up Speak Up is an annual national research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow. The purpose of the project is to: * Collect and report the unfiltered feedback from students, parents and teachers on key educational issues. * Use the data to stimulate local conversations. * Raise national awareness about the importance of including the viewpoints of students, parents, and teachers in the education dialogue. Quantitative survey results are available to participating schools and districts, online, free-of-charge, so that they can use the data for planning and community discussion. National findings are released through a variety of venues, including: a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC, national and regional conferences, e-mail distribution, Project Tomorrow website, and our Speak Up partners. Local, state and national stakeholders report using Speak Up data to inform their new programs and policies. "
William Gaskins

EduCon 2.3 - January 28-30, 2011 - Philadelphia - 10 views

shared by William Gaskins on 05 Oct 10 - Cached
  • an innovation conference where we can come together
  • discuss the future of schools
  • discuss the future of schools .
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  • opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.
  • inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members
  • schools
  • co-creating — together with our students
  • Technology must serve pedagogy
  • Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
  • networked
  • Learning
  • Learning
  • Learning
    "What is Educon? EduCon is both a conversation and a conference. And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas - from the very practical to the big dreams."
    "And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. "
Sheri Edwards

The Answer Sheet - Goodlad on school reform: Are we ignoring lessons of last 50 years? - 28 views

  • By John I. Goodlad
  • We need to be aware that recent decades of research on cognition reveal hardly any correlation of standardized test scores with a wide range of desired behavioral characteristics such as dependability, ability to work alone and with others, and planning, or with an array of virtues such as honesty, decency, compassion, etc. Employers dissatisfied with employees who studied mathematics and the physical sciences in first-rate universities often call for higher test scores. Is academic development the totality of the purpose of schooling?
  • The consequence, of course, was the substantial narrowing of pedagogy to simply drilling for tests. We do not need schools for this. It is training, not education, and access to it can be obtained almost anywhere at any time in this increasingly technological age. That would leave the opportunity to turn schools, whose prime function has long been child care, into centers of pedagogy with the mission of guiding what education is: the process of becoming a unique human being whose responsibility it is to make the most of oneself.
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  • Ralph Ty
  • what schools are for.
  • they are to provide whatever educational is not being taken care of in the rest of our society.
  • What we must do now nationwide is begin the 20-or-more-year process of creating a new tomorrow.
  • They will vary widely in their agendas of change, just as they vary in their cultural settings.
Tom March

Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up | Edutopia - 15 views

  • what it all boils down to is, get the current system out of your head.
  • You're advocating for fundamental radical changes. Are you an optimist when it comes to public education? I just feel it's inevitable that there will have to be change. The only question is whether we're going to do it starting now, or whether we're going to wait for catastrophe.
    Outstandingly clear statement of the problems and first steps in improving education.
Tony Searl

Technologically Externalized Knowledge and Learning « Connectivism - 15 views

    Reformers have largely worked within, rather than on, the system of education. Working within the system has resulted in status-quo preservation, even when reformists felt they were being radical. Illich failed to account for how educational institutions are integrated into society. Freire spoke with a humanity and hope that was largely overlooked by a comfortable developed world incapable of seeing the structure and impact of its system. To create and nurture change, a message must not only be true for an era, but it must also resonate with the needs, passions, interests, realities, and hopes of the audience to whom the message is directed.
Sheri Edwards

Print: These Lectures Are Gone in 60 Seconds - - 0 views

  • HOW TO CREATE A ONE-MINUTE LECTURE Professors spend a lot of time crafting hourlong lectures. The prospect of boiling them down to 60 seconds — or even five minutes — may seem daunting. David Penrose, a course designer for SunGard Higher Education who developed San Juan College's microlectures, suggests that it can be done in five steps: 1. List the key concepts you are trying to convey in the 60-minute lecture. That series of phrases will form the core of your microlecture. 2. Write a 15 to 30-second introduction and conclusion. They will provide context for your key concepts. 3. Record these three elements using a microphone and Web camera. (The college information-technology department can provide advice and facilities.) If you want to produce an audio-only lecture, no Webcam is necessary. The finished product should be 60 seconds to three minutes long. 4. Design an assignment to follow the lecture that will direct students to readings or activities that allow them to explore the key concepts. Combined with a written assignment, that should allow students to learn the material. 5. Upload the video and assignment to your course-management software. Section: Information Technology Volume 55, Issue 26, Page A13
    transform traditional lectures for today's student expectations; thanks to twitterer jonathanmoss
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