Posts Tagged: community

Jack-O-Lanterns

Winooski Middle School students carved up some pumpkins to donate to the Winooski Senior Center. For many middle school students, this was their first time dissecting a pumpkin and carving a design of their own creation. Carving ideas ranged from school mascots and logos to middle school slang and pop music.

Go Green, Save Green: Energy Efficiency Design Challenge

This year Burlington High School physics teachers Lisa Carpenter and Richard Meyer took the risk of moving beyond lecture, labs and textbooks. They opened their classrooms to collaborate with community partners in order to make their energy efficiency units more relevant and rigorous.

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.

Depth? Richness? Relevance? YES!

Burlington High School is piloting a new school calendar, one that opens up rich opportunities for authentic learning. In this 2012-13 year, first-semester ends before December Break, and second-semester is over before Memorial Day weekend. The “Year End Studies” program (inspired by a similar model at Rutland High School) takes place during the last two-and-a-half weeks of the year.

Design Thinking: A Learning Process for Tomorrow’s World

On Thursday, April 4th, more than 140 people attended a presentation and mixer at Main Street Landing. What brought people together from fields as varied as education, city planning, scientific research, performance art, civil engineering, policy-making, and finance? The draw was something both focused and expansive, both particular and universal, both conceptual and applicable: Design-Thinking.

The Water We Swim In

Every aspect of life carries with it certain unspoken assumptions. (A business meeting, for instance, requires a tucked-in shirt; a movie theater assumes viewers will refrain from talking; a waiting room means cordiality–but rarely conversations–with strangers; and schools require classrooms with walls.) If we are successfully assimilated, we move through our lives without giving these things a second thought. Read more.

Reflections on Denmark: A Conversation between Dov and Matt

On Monday, October 15th, Partnership for Change Fellows Matthew Webb and Dov Stucker gathered with Drew Blanchard, Signe Daly, and Partnership co-cordinator Alan Tinkler for an informal conversation with Peter Sloth (whose last name means ‘castle’ in Danish). Peter, who was here visiting Signe, his cousin, is a teacher in his native Denmark. Read more.

Some straight talk on what actually ails education

Today, I was captivated by this address by Diane Ravitch, a professor at NYU and former education official under the first president Bush, speaking to an audience in Chicago.  She is currently a crusader against the pro-testing, anti-teacher, and anti-union ‘reformers’ in education. Read more.