Another recent reflection of mine...Mirror Lake at Yosemite National Park. Inspirational!
It has been a busy couple of months for me. I have been in circles of people that are my academic superheroes, and if you will allow me to – I would love to drop a few names before reflecting about my learning in this post.
Linda Darling-Hammond spoke at a PTA event that I attended, where she talked about her book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future. An incredible evening where she spoke about what she knows about the US and how our education is being impacted by the high stakes assessment and funding streams that exist, which create not only an achievement gap as we typically would define it, but an experiences gap that affects kids around the country. In places like Palo Alto, California, where I heard her speak and she is a local, the difference in per pupil spending dwarfs that of neighboring schools in nearby San Jose. Her data was hard to hear about how this affects the kids in schools, and how many places throughout the US experience much the same gap. Continue reading →
Photo by Dan Habib – from the fantastic “Including Samuel” Documentary
My last post about differentiation two weeks ago was short and sweet. From that post, there were many comments from parents about what is happening in their school, for their son or daughter. I would like to use those comments as a spring board for this post. Thank you, in advance, for your stories and insight. Continue reading →
My last post talked about how schools can establish and encourage family and community support and input in schools. It has gotten me thinking about how I would define community generally, and what it would feel like if schools were places like I described in my post – where people can come with different backgrounds and influence and make a change together for all of the kids that attend. It also has me thinking about how I can do my part and help build the community that I described in schools. Continue reading →
I was planning on writing about a completely different topic today – tune in for my future post about how schools can be places that help kids find and flourish in their “element” as described by Sir Ken Robinson.
Instead, I am writing about something that came up during a conversation that I had today, and reflection on many conversations that I have had with parents and teachers in the past. I just got off the phone with a friend of mine, and after an hour and a half-long conversation, I would feel remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to write about it. Continue reading →
So this is my first post. Much ado about something, I hope. I have thought about many different ways of going at this first post – picking a hot topic within education, perhaps an editorial post about something that someone has written recently, or maybe writing about something that has happened lately in a student’s life that touched my heart…but there will be time for all of that to come. This post, I want to be an introduction of sorts – something that describes and explains my passion for my work…a framework for posts to follow that lets you in on my thinking. Continue reading →