EmpowerED: Los Angeles Student Power 2014

For the first time ever, leaders from K-12 student unions, like the Chicago Students Union, Newark Students Union, Portland Student Union, and Providence Student Union, will all be in the same room this Saturday at USC, sharing their stories of student organizing for educational justice with students in the LA community and working with them to build the student power movement. Over 175 students in LA have already registered for the event. Be sure to tune into the livestream at 10 AM PST to witness student voice in action! This is one event you won’t want to miss.

Livestream is embedded on our website: http://empowerED2014.com/

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Here is Erika Schneider's speech: Thank you for... - Portland Association of Teachers

"Thank you for the opportunity to speak this evening. My name is Erika Schneider, I have taught in PPS since 2006. I have a Masters degree in Education, 11 years of teaching experience in low-income and diverse schools and I am bilingual in English and Spanish.


In my 11 years as a teacher I have taught exclusively in Title 1 schools. The voices of the families I serve are not often heard in a forum like this, so let me tell you what it is really like in a Title 1 school: During my 11 years of service I have had in my class a student with PTSD, a child born addicted to heroin, a child who was abused by a parent, several foster children and homeless children. Also, in 11 years I have worked with more children than I can count who have one parent in prison, more children than I can count who come from one-parent households, more children than I can count who are being raised by grandparents. I have made more calls to DHS to report abuse or neglect than I can count.

When we teachers attempt to bargain around workload, we aren’t advocating for ourselves. We know that when a teacher has too much to do or too many students to serve, that service to children suffers. In my own classroom I have 32 3rd graders (and yes, some of them have the high needs that I mentioned earlier). I work through my ½ hour lunch every day preparing materials for the afternoon. I take curriculum and papers to grade home with me every night to finish after I put my own children to bed. During the school day there just isn’t enough time for me to check in with every student. It just isn’t right for an 8 year old to share 1 adult with 31 other students. There is no parent in Portland who wants that for their child. It is NOT FAIR to students. So when teachers talk about our workload, it is because our students suffer when their teachers are overworked.

We teachers are not too different from you, school board members who do this huge job because you know it is important. Many of us teach because we feel called to do it. We feel passionately about working with children. But this passion that we feels makes us vulnerable. It makes us work from home when the work load increases, because our students need us. Our commitment to children makes us “do more with less” when staffing is cut because our students still need as much attention as we can give them. Our compassion makes us vulnerable to pay freezes and hiring freezes because we need to be there for our kids! We are willing to do this work for modest pay. None of us teachers are getting paid $15,000 a month like you are paying Yvonne Deckhart. We are here tonight, asking you to please listen to us. We are down in the trenches, providing direct service to students and begging you to do what is right for students.”
LA, iPads, Reinhold Niebuhr, and School reform | The IDEA Blog

What the L.A. times called chaos, the Washington Post called tech-savvy - but at the end of the day one thing was clear: the young people getting iPads in LAUSD would have been the best people to pay and consult to effectively roll-out the devices across the district.

This story got me thinking about an excerpt on page 43 in Reinhold Niebuhr’s Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic:

In one sense modern civilization substitutes unconscious sins of more destructive consequences for conscious sins of less destructive consequences. Men try consciously to eliminate the atrocities of society, but meanwhile they unheedingly build a civilization which is more destructive of moral and personal values than anything intended in a more primitive society.

The connection is a little abstract, I admit, but the point is that often the biggest mistakes are made from errors of omission and ignorance rather than the conscious destructive acts of people.

Which of course gets me thinking about school reform. I’m often challenged to think about whether, when, or how to ascribe intent to what’s happening in ed reform. I do think there are, in Niebuhr’s language, “conscious sinners” but for the most part I think the last thirty years of education reform mirror the roll-out of the iPad in LAUSD. People with good intentions attempting to do something of value but not understanding the world and the users they are acting in, and not taking time to think through the impact.

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Take a stand.

Today, your IDEA membership is you taking a stand. It’s you showing up to the occasion, owning, and representing the values and mission IDEA puts forth. The values aligned with reinventing education - strategically, collaboratively, and sustainably.

With you in IDEA’s huddle, our collective capacity grows. IDEA:movers play an essential role as we lean into sustained dialogue, organized national action, and input from across the education landscape. The path forward is briefly charted as we anticipate your input will help set direction.

Become a mover and become part of the movement. When you help us put the public back into public education, you will also receive: a mover-wide forum for conversation and input with core IDEA moderators, regular calls to action, seminar, training and consulting discounts and a super-sweet IDEA:mover T-shirt!

Your commitment begins with a contribution of $35 or more, $25 in the case of seniors and students. Whether in the form of a one-time donation or easygoing, monthly gifts as part of our Sustaining Circle, the door opens for your seat at the table. The IDEA:mover cycle opens at the beginning of each school year.

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BATs (Bad Ass Teachers)

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IncitED is a crowdfunding community created for anyone with an education project that is in need of money. Whether you want to create an after-school program, develop new educational technology, help disadvantaged learners, establish a scholarship fund, or acquire classroom supplies, the possibilities for great education projects is virtually limitless. IncitED makes it easy to build compelling grassroots fundraising campaigns to help make those great projects a reality.


IncitED is a crowdfunding community created for anyone with an education project that is in need of money. Whether you want to create an after-school program, develop new educational technology, help disadvantaged learners, establish a scholarship fund, or acquire classroom supplies, the possibilities for great education projects is virtually limitless. IncitED makes it easy to build compelling grassroots fundraising campaigns to help make those great projects a reality.

(via Gladstone Electric Vehicle Organization Project S10 E (It’s Electric!))
"We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline."

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"We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline."

90skindofworld:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) 

Sometimes this is what teaching little kids feels like….

90skindofworld:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) 

Sometimes this is what teaching little kids feels like….

yourinspirationcafe:

I need your help - please visit my indiegogo page to know more or read on: Every time you share this page, donate a book or contribute some money, you are helping deliver inspiration.

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Hi, my name is Salina and I have a dream.

My dream is to live in a free thinking society where people explore new ideas, talk about innovations, where people believe that success is determined by what you have done and achieved and not how much money you have amassed and I find no better way to achieve this than by promoting education.

In third world countries like mine education has been incredibly misunderstood. I grew up myself being taught and believing that a degree was my only ticket to a good marriage, a good life and respect in the society. In all my life as a student, I hadn’t met a single person who was actually passionate about what they were studying to become including me but that was what we were always taught – Innovative thinking has been made an expensive luxury not many can afford . Grades were all that mattered in fact the teachers expected nothing but a memorized answer from the book. I never had the courage to ask my teachers and elders if one can truly be called educated merely because one has studied in a college and acquired a degree?

There was always a societal and family pressure to me to follow without asking any questions and I never did because I never saw the wrong in it and neither did anyone else I knew. What I was passionate about never mattered, all that mattered was if there was any scope of reputation and money in my passion and I wish I had stood my ground but I didn’t know any better, I didn’t have enough resources to educate myself or them – the nearest library was 20 kms away and the school library only had few books and we had the slowest internet in the world and there were frequent power cuts so I just never bothered – nobody ever does. And now that I think about it if I had an access to a better internet connection, a more resourceful library nearby or a more informative and helpful counselor I probably would have been able to pursue my dream career and so would my friends but let’s let bygones  be bygones and focus on the now for a better tomorrow.

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We need the $500,000 for business registration, books, equipment, infrastructure, salary and maintenance. If unfortunately we are not able to achieve our pledged goal, we will use whatever money we receive to buy books and supplies for the libraries in India that desperately need it.

Your old books are more valuable to us than money, if you can please send us your old books. We will update and address once we secure a location.

After a careful observation, I have found that most children and adults spend most of their spare time either at a café or at the mall just hanging out with friends so I plan to build and spread a concept of a Book café throughout India and across the borders. Libraries that have cafes, leisure centers and able counselors to help children and young adults find their true callings. Here are some of the things I want to develop –

1 - A reading culture.

2 – A book café concept businesses throughout India and across borders.

3 – A place for students to seek help. Cases of academic consultants robbing unsuspecting students of huge amounts of money to send them abroad with the promise of a better education are not uncommon in India. These students many-a-times don’t even know the scholarships they were eligible for in their own home country and abroad and that the consultants are always compensated by the University they admit a student into so that a student never has to pay anything but they end up taking out huge loans in hopes that they’ll get a degree from reputed Universities and land a good paying job but what really happens is they end up dropping out, working below minimum wage in a foreign country and ruin their lives. A free service at our libraries could not only help Indian students but foreign economies as well.

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The concept of a book café will create a huge impact in my society. People normally go to café just to pass time more than they do for the coffee, if we can give them an additional option of picking a book and read it with their coffee, not only can this incite a reading culture in the society, it’ll incite inspirations. It is said that people make a country, not the government and if that is true which I believe it to be, my people aren’t doing a very good job. It’s high time someone shook things a little bit.

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After the contribution amount is acquired, we will be able to provide everyone with an address where you can send us your old books – remember, books are of value to us more than the money.

Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you who has contributed to this cause and your help will always be remembered and appreciated.

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Interesting project

imagininglearning:

Young People from 5 different countries work together to paint their vision of an ideal learning journey during an Imagining Learning listening session at IDEC: International Democratic Education Conference #IDEC2013

imagininglearning:

Young People from 5 different countries work together to paint their vision of an ideal learning journey during an Imagining Learning listening session at IDEC: International Democratic Education Conference #IDEC2013

imagininglearning:

(via charlie kouns | be you.)
Interview with Charlie Kouns, Founder of Imagining Learning!

imagininglearning:

(via charlie kouns | be you.)

Interview with Charlie Kouns, Founder of Imagining Learning!

wherewelearn:

Plan for a computer-based classroom for the 21st century, circa 1990. 
What types of teaching and learning does this layout support? 
In this classroom, has the personal computer replaced the teacher? The classmate? Do those roles deserve a re-definition after the introduction of the personal computer into the classroom?
How has technology affected classroom design since the 1990’s, when computers were mostly stationary?

wherewelearn:

Plan for a computer-based classroom for the 21st century, circa 1990. 

What types of teaching and learning does this layout support? 

In this classroom, has the personal computer replaced the teacher? The classmate? Do those roles deserve a re-definition after the introduction of the personal computer into the classroom?

How has technology affected classroom design since the 1990’s, when computers were mostly stationary?

humanscaleschools:



Concept for a school library…cubbies for shoes and soft carpet create a casual and calm environment (Designed by Marta Lilly, Interior Architect)
Via (Lilly Loitz Education Design Consulting)

humanscaleschools:

Concept for a school library…cubbies for shoes and soft carpet create a casual and calm environment (Designed by Marta Lilly, Interior Architect)