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,, 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.

“Willing to Be Disturbed”

“Willing to be disturbed”

For real change to happen in our schools and our own practice, we have to be willing to endure some discomfort. Change wouldn't be change without it. Like everyone else, educators and school administrators have difficulty accepting that disruptive feeling. If we're to navigate the coming decades successfully, however, we're going to have to be willing to embrace change, not avoid it. And we'll have to be at ease with constantly revising what we do and who we are in the classroom. That starts with a mindset for growth. How do we empower ourselves to approach the change process differently for the sake of our students and our schools?

14 Aug 2009 12:38 pm

Earlier this week, I wrote a ...

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