Education reform: We don't need better, we need different

Today's students are immersed in the digital age, but can our educational system keep up? Best-selling author Will Richardson's comprehensive collection of posts from his acclaimed blog, http://weblogg-ed.com, outlines the educational reform we must achieve to stay ahead of the curve. The book's entries present a multifaceted vision of the 21st-century classroom and describe how a social media-changed world has created new opportunities for:

Project-based learning; Student-created media that develops critical thinking; Extending learning beyond the classroom and school hours; Cooperative and collaborative learning; Student empowerment and career readiness.

The necessary shift will not magically happen, but experts agree that it must happen now. This compilation will inspire educators and parents to engage in the technology their children already embrace, and to take an active role in transforming education to meet the challenges of the digital revolution.

Transparency = Leadership

Transparency = leadership

Leading is not just for administrators; teacher-leaders can play a key role in moving ideas and practices forward. But regardless of one's title, the opportunity to lead can extend far beyond the classroom walls. As I note below, how you do something is now more important than what you do to the extent that if it's not shared, people are less apt to trust your motives. We see this happening all around us, in media, politics, and business. If we want to be trusted and develop community, we must be willing to do our work in the public sphere.

06 Apr 2009 09:16 am

So here is the money question: What two things (and only two) would you tell educational leaders are ...

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