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Mike McRaith

Online Learning Opportunity with High Tech High - 5 views

http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/

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Jason Finley

They're Watching You at Work - 3 views

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    They're Watching You at Work: What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.
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    Article needs to be read completely through. Many fascinating points...and many pieces that can be linked to how / what / why we assess students. JF
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    Is the future of assessment not grades or of meeting a relative few arbitrarily determined standards, but one where student analytics use thousands of data points? JF
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    "Academic environments are artificial environments," Laszlo Bock, Google's senior vice president of people operations, told The New York Times in June. "People who succeed there are sort of finely trained, they're conditioned to succeed in that environment," which is often quite different from the workplace.
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    "...administered a battery of tests to a group of corporate presidents, he found that not one of them scored in the "acceptable" range for hiring. Such assessments, he concluded, measured not potential but simply conformity."

    I would build on this with the statement that current assessment and graduation requirements are great at measuring a student's ability to excel at conformity and irrelevant knowledge sets while doing little to encourage that student's individuality and personal skill sets.

    Current assessment and graduation requirements are great at measuring a student's ability to memorize what others think important, but not in assessing and fostering the important act of thinking for themselves.

    Current assessment and graduation requirements are great at measuring who a student is according to an antiquated framework defined within the walls of a school. But, scripted versions of success and knowledge don't allow for assessing and promoting student potential for a world where there are no boundaries or false constraints of whom he/she might become. JF
Jason Finley

2013 keynote by Dennis Littky - 1 views

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    ""If you're not standing on the edge, you're taking up too much space." Littky
Jason Finley

Closing Session of 2013 Conference - 1 views

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    What an ideal #VTed school should look like according to students from across the state.
Jason Finley

If You Want Innovation, You Have to Invest in People - 5 views

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    Another piece that puts the focus of Innovation on People rather than Programs.

    My personal belief is that #EdReform should start and end with empowering PD which is Personal and Purposeful.

    With that, what if schools modeled their PD on the Rowland Foundation's model of #EdReform?

    What would it look like if PD were not determined and delivered but instead supported and shared?

    What if PD were about providing resources and teaching teachers to be data collectors, researchers, developers of innovation?

    2 year Action Research cycle? What if every teacher in a school spent a school year coming up with a hunch, collecting data, researching ideas around their hunch...then spent the second year testing it out/implementing it in the classroom, more data collection, presenting outcomes to their peers, and collecting feedback for reflection and refinement?
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    "What has proved to matter is...the building of knowledge and innovation skills, which are much harder and take longer to get in place and maintain. Leading-edge competency in one's area of practice is indispensable; practice at turning ideas into reality is a must."

    "...while learning is hard work, and the value is not quantifiable, it is the only way to remain valuable in an economy that thrives on innovation. The more you invest in your people's knowledge, the more innovation you can expect to reap."
Caitlin Steele

What's the Big Idea? - 1 views

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    The education wide-ranging ideas - presented in snapshots from principals, professors, policy makers, students, and others - really speak toward the Rowland community's drive toward shaking up the status quo in education. My personal favorite: scrap business-as-usual twelfth grade in favor of universal pre-school.
Jason Finley

"Single most valuable piece of advice..." - 10 views

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    IMHO Single most valuable piece of advice for successful #EdReform.

    As amazing as all of our programs are, I truly believe that programs have very little to do with successful EdReform. I believe that it is about people more than programs, about the freedom to teach, and especially about administrators supporting an entrepreneurial spirit in the classroom.

    It is not too much of a stretch to grasp the connection between ownership and passion. And, when we love what we do...we simply do it better.
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    A note. I am not saying the work we are doing isn't important...what I am saying is that you are the most important piece to making your work...work.
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    Agreed!
Jen Kravitz

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning - Ben Orlin - The Atlantic - 4 views

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    This is a great challenge to all of us to make better assessments of learning, not memorization.  
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    Thanks, I enjoyed this article-
Jason Finley

School is a prison - and damaging our kids - 3 views

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    "... research and others' research in these settings has convinced me, beyond any doubt, that the natural drives and abilities of young people to learn are fully sufficient to motivate their entire education. When they want or need help from others, they ask for it. We don't have to force people to learn; all we need to do is provide them the freedom and opportunities to do so."
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    Interesting, and for lots of reasons of course. In the EDLP course this summer, we noted the similar architectural styles of two of our schools, as seen in presentation photos. Then someone (Mike M.?) mentioned that some schools and prisons from a particular era had the same architects. I'd love to discover more about that. The metaphorical implications are too loaded.
Ellen Berrings

Great Schools Partnership - 2 views

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    The Great Schools Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit school-support organization committed to redesigning public education to improve the quality of learning for all students. Our focus is not on a single classroom, school, or district, but we work at all levels of the educational system-from the classroom to the statehouse-in the effort to shape America's finest secondary schools.
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    This web site offers great resources and webinars on various topics relevant to our work!
Jill Prado

Rite of Passage for French Students Receives Poor Grade - 1 views

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    PARIS -...The test does not evaluate the most relevant of students' capabilities, many critics say.
Alison Bromage

YES in BHS is like the Folk High School model - 9 views

Colin and all, Foxfire looks so cool! I wasn't familiar with this place or project or the publications, but it seems really interesting. (Seems also similar to the Folk Live Center Community Proj...

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Jill Prado

What Is the Purpose of Foreign-Language Education? - 0 views

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    What if we treated foreign language in America the way we treat sports. It is not unusual to see kids in high school spending two hours after school, every day, in football or basketball practice.
Jill Prado

The Practical University - 1 views

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    The best part of the rise of online education is that it forces us to ask: What is a university for? Are universities mostly sorting devices to separate smart and hard-working high school students from their less-able fellows so that employers can more easily identify them?
Jen Kravitz

If I Don't Grade It, The Students Won't Do It! - 3 views

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    The experience of a middle school teacher moving away from grading towards comments and her finding that this creates a better environment for all... and more work is being done
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    Thanks for posting! I have heard this statement come out of more than one teacher's mouth. It will take time, but if we can create common language around proficiency based standards and learning and be consistent in its use, kids will catch on. My hope is that more and more of our classrooms begin to look like the one described.
Karen Budde

we need teachers involved in transformation - 3 views

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    improving our professional development - as Lauren and Laura's project involves - and creating more student-centric learning opportunities would move educators from behind the desk and students away from test preparation packets
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    A see a future Rowland fellow!
Michael Martin

Rowland Retreat - 3 views

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    Photos from the first Rowland Foundation retreat with Barry & Wendy, the Board of Trustees, Director Chuck Scranton, and Rowland Fellows 2009-2013.
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    Nice photos Mike. We all look like we were working hard and doing some good thinking. It was nice to see the other groups in action!
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    Thanks for sharing. We look great - and according to one of my breakout groups, we would look even better in Rowland fleeces (although some preferred hoodies).
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    Keep the digital records coming! I think the video you are taking could become a powerful tool of communication and transformation!
Jen Kravitz

Mr. Gillespie's Office: Redos and Retakes - 1 views

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    This blog post provides clear response to a few common complaints about allowing students to redo or retake an assessment on which they did not do well. 
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