New England’s Gigabit High School

Burlington High School sophomores Forest Elliot and William Sutton and representatives from Partnership for Change joined Mayor Miro Weinberger at a press conference announcing BTV Ignite, Burlington’s partnership with US Ignite at Dealer.com today. US Ignite is a White House initiative supported by the National Science Foundation to advance applications and services for next-generation networks across America.

Parents Show Concern for Education at Calendar Meeting

About two hundred Chittenden county parents, teachers, students and community members, came to the Burlington High School Wednesday night to discuss the proposal of a modified school calendar popularly known as the 2.0 vision calendar. Questions about intersessions, cost, and purpose were expressed. Many speakers cited a need for a remodeling of education to include greater personalization, more engaged learning, and greater community and family connections, but were not sure the calendar was the answer. The evening gave voice to the concerns and questions of the public and the superintendents assured the audience they would listen.

Proficiency-Based Learning and the Growth Mindset: A Classroom Example

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a number of conversations with teachers about proficiency-based learning, the growth mindset, and student engagement. The work of Greg Van Houten, a physics teacher I worked with at Prospect Hill Academy, is a great example of how to bring these to life in the classroom.

Charting the Scope of Teaching and Learning Environments

I spent the summer thinking a lot about how to define the focus of my fellowship year. My guiding question is, How do we create teaching and learning environments that provide ALL students with the skills and mindsets that they’ll need in order to thrive, in their careers and in their communities? But when I consider how to begin answering this question, the focus on teaching and learning environments is dauntingly broad, but five key elements have emerged: space, time, people, resources, and culture.

New Community Based Learning Fellow

My experiences last year and my summer research and site visits have shown me that community based learning fosters the 3R’s: relationships, relevance and rigor. I look forward to continuing to learn more about how community based learning can help our communities create more of these authentic learning experiences for our students in the future.

Introducing The Winooski iLab

Winooski Middle/High School has created its first ever personalized and proficiency-based classroom that looks modern, feels comfortable, and is changing the way we look at the learning process.

“Family-school partnerships can no longer be an add-on”

Dr. Karen Mapp, co-author of Beyond the Bakesale, spoke on August 19 at the Boston Public Schools Conference for Family-School Partnerships. She stressed the importance of family-school partnerships and how they need to be integral to the systems of our schools. Read more.

Standing room only at Winooski community meeting

To say it was standing room only at the O’Brien Center in Winooski this past Wednesday night is an understatement. The Winooski school board held a community dinner to present the new Graduate Expectations to a wide range of parents and community members. Read more.

International Democratic Education Conference

University of Colorado Boulder at the foot of the Flatiron Mountains site of IDEC.

August 4, 2013

The International Democratic Educational Conference (IDEC) has just begun today for the next five days at University of Colorado at Boulder.  Over 400 education change makers from all over the world are attending the annual conference which was last held in the U.S. Read more.