(via IDEC 2013 | 21st Annual International Democratic Education Conference - 21st Annual International Democratic Education Conference)

What is IDEC?
IDEC 2013 will be a unique international gathering of changemakers—practitioners, organizers, academics, youth, and educators—built around how we can transform our communities, schools, and learning to ensure that all young people can engage meaningfully in their education and gain the tools to build a just, sustainable, and democratic world. The experience will include a rich blend of pre-scheduled events and the fluidity needed to host conversations, workshops and strategy sessions using a hybrid of Open Space Technology. Be prepared for a conference experience unlike any other – we’ll be pushing the boundaries of what we mean by learning, sharing, connecting and creating.
 
What makes IDEC 2013 remarkable?
IDEC 2013 is a place where the world learns together about learning. IDEC, now in its 21st year, is hosted by teams of educators from different countries and continents each year. This is the first time in ten years that it has been held in the United States. From Korea to Israel and Brazil to India, IDEC offers participants the space, prompts, and process to learn about the future and history of learning.
 
What is democratic education?

In communities around the world, a story is unfolding of young people, educators, networks, and communities generating solutions to the challenges of today’s complex world. That unfolding story is the story of democratic education.
Democratic education is not a type of school or research-based practice. It isn’t one kind of learning program or philosophy. It is a frame. It’s a way of gathering together a vast set of ideas, resources, and visions so that a powerful story can be told that reclaims education for people and communities. There are thousands of people and organizations around the globe engaged in democratic education. Many have similar values but di‑erent definitions. IDEC 2013 is for all of them.

(via IDEC 2013 | 21st Annual International Democratic Education Conference - 21st Annual International Democratic Education Conference)

What is IDEC?
IDEC 2013 will be a unique international gathering of changemakers—practitioners, organizers, academics, youth, and educators—built around how we can transform our communities, schools, and learning to ensure that all young people can engage meaningfully in their education and gain the tools to build a just, sustainable, and democratic world. The experience will include a rich blend of pre-scheduled events and the fluidity needed to host conversations, workshops and strategy sessions using a hybrid of Open Space Technology. Be prepared for a conference experience unlike any other – we’ll be pushing the boundaries of what we mean by learning, sharing, connecting and creating.
 
What makes IDEC 2013 remarkable?
IDEC 2013 is a place where the world learns together about learning. IDEC, now in its 21st year, is hosted by teams of educators from different countries and continents each year. This is the first time in ten years that it has been held in the United States. From Korea to Israel and Brazil to India, IDEC offers participants the space, prompts, and process to learn about the future and history of learning.
 
What is democratic education?

In communities around the world, a story is unfolding of young people, educators, networks, and communities generating solutions to the challenges of today’s complex world. That unfolding story is the story of democratic education.

Democratic education is not a type of school or research-based practice. It isn’t one kind of learning program or philosophy. It is a frame. It’s a way of gathering together a vast set of ideas, resources, and visions so that a powerful story can be told that reclaims education for people and communities. There are thousands of people and organizations around the globe engaged in democratic education. Many have similar values but di‑erent definitions. IDEC 2013 is for all of them.

"The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope."-Pierre Teilhard de Chadin

imagininglearning:

I wanted to personally thank all of you as we reach the final couple hours of our campaign! We all have came a long way… We stop promoting at midnight last night, but it officially ends at 2pm. Still time to donate!

It has been amazing month of new connections, generous support and lots of positive energy for the work we are doing and for the simple and profound idea that young people can and should be part of transforming the world and education!

Here are a few of the highlights from the last month.


  • We started with 35 listen sessions at the beginning of the campaign and now sit really close to 50 listening Sessions.
  • We had an article published in Good! (Which was shared out 100’s of times and retweeted by some huge names in education including the ASCD)
  • We had 3+ communities step up to sponsor listening sessions.
  • We had 3 podcast/radio interviews recorded and shared out to upward of half a million listeners and a few more scheduled for the coming weeks. http://bit.ly/198EAEk
  • Over 200 generous people donated to our campaign including all those that donated on our incited page and all the checks and international donations that have streamed in over the course of the month.
  • We now seat around 10,000+ dollars donated in a month. This will help us to jump start the tours again in the fall. We even might do a few this summer. Excited to celebrate our completion with all our supporters, friends and allies! The real fun starts! 20 listening sessions in the fall!

Big thanks to all my Imagining Learning friends! Big deep hearted thank you to Charles Kouns for sharing this work with me. My life will never be the same!I want to thank each and all of you for generous supporting this work and for helping to create ripples of transformation in education. Much love.

Where ever you are, let’s celebrate this amazing journey! More to come! Children everywhere are smiling!

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.”-Pierre Teilhard de Chadin

Much Love,

David Loitz
Seed Steward of Imagining Learning

adventuresinlearning:

Last call to donate from David Loitz of Imagining Learning and Adventures in Learning! (by Imagining Learning)

I need your help! We only have less then 5 hours til the end of Imagining Learning’s Crowdfunding campaign. My personal goal is to reach 200 donors. Charles Kouns goal is crossing the 10,000 dollar! I think we can reach both of them. You have all heard our story now for the last 30+ days and you all know my passion for providing learning experiences for young people that can change their life and change their capacity for changing education and the way we live together! Please stand with the young people of the world and donate at least 10 dollars to our campaign! Please be one of the 41 people to donate today! Much Love! http://www.incited.org/projects/imagining-learning-creating-a-national-collective-voice-through-listening

This video is of ME (Adventures in Learning) If you ever wondered what I look like :)

Only two hours left donate! Please help us reach 10,000 dollars! We are 104 dollars short! We can do it with your help. I have 40,000 plus followers! Can I get at least 10 of you to donate 10 dollars and one person to donate 4 dollars :)! It has been amazing month of new connections, generous support and lots of positive energy for the work we are doing at Imagining Learning and for the simple and profound idea that young people can and should be part of transforming the world and education! Join us by helping to push us over the finish line! Please donate here www.imagininglearning.us

With much love,

Adventure in Learning

Last call to donate from David Loitz of Imagining Learning and Adventures in Learning! (by Imagining Learning)

I need your help! We only have less then 5 hours til the end of Imagining Learning's Crowdfunding campaign. My personal goal is to reach 200 donors. Charles Kouns goal is crossing the 10,000 dollar! I think we can reach both of them. You have all heard our story now for the last 30+ days and you all know my passion for providing learning experiences for young people that can change their life and change their capacity for changing education and the way we live together! Please stand with the young people of the world and donate at least 10 dollars to our campaign! Please be one of the 41 people to donate today! Much Love! http://www.incited.org/projects/imagining-learning-creating-a-national-collective-voice-through-listening

School reform? It all boils down to this: “If, at the end of school, a student has not developed a desire and a responsibility to learn, then the entire experience has been miseducative, a waste and a detriment to all involved.” That was John Dewey almost 100 years ago.

For the last few months I have shared with you how moved I am by my work with Imagining Learning. For the last month I have been asking my friends and blog followers to be moved too. These visions of school came from students in Atlanta, GA and Jackson, MS. I ask you to hear what they are saying and think about what it is like to be a young person experiencing life and school, yet you don’t have a positive space to share your thoughts and ideas. Many of the young people we meet tell us this was the first time any one has listened to them and really heard them. Their visions are full of possibility and full of hope, the go straight to the heart of what education can be in the present and the future! I hear their voices everyday as I do the work to make sure more people hear them and are moved like I am. I can’t ask you be moved by their voices, but I will continue to ask you to support this work, and help more young people be truly heard! We only have 30 hours left to raise the money we need to travel to 50 communities and help give young people the chance to be heard and be a part of changing education. Please support this work with a donation to our campaign. We are hoping to reach 200 donors, which would send a power message to the young people of the country. Donate here: www.imagininglearning.us

imagininglearning:



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These are necessary components for the learning path of every individual!

imagininglearning:


These are necessary components for the learning path of every individual!

imagininglearning:

Words of gratitude from Charlie Kouns, Founding Steward of Imagining Learning on our Imagining Learning IncitED Crowdfunding campaign blog: 
Over the past few days since the launch of our campaign, as people have chosen to share our campaign with others, we have seen some wonderful statements written telling others about what we do. These are coming from people who have been in touch with our work in some way and have chosen to make an offering to their friends and networks. These are all unsolicited comments!“This project is important because it makes a strong statement to the collective of humanity that is it time to listen to what the children have to say about their education. I believe that this project has the potential to create a bridge for the public systems by generating conversation that may inspire policy makers to move away from the current “factory” schooling.”  Sue, teacher and mother
“(Imagining Learning) has launched a project that could transform education. As a former teacher, I have often voiced my concern for the state of education in our country, and am so excited by the potential of Imagining Learning to make a profound difference for the future of our children and our culture.” Bob, former teacher 
“What an AMAZING job Charles Kouns and David Loitz are doing with Imagining Learning to capture the honest and authentic voices of students all over the country. These listening sessions allow students to share their ideas and vision of what learning should look like.” Okaikor, teacher, mother
“I authentically believe Imagining Learning has an opportunity to change the future of education. Please contribute if you can and want to get student voices in the conversation about education.” Cameron, university professor, father
We would add two other statements that were written about us recently:
“By traveling the country to listen to young people about what they imagine education could be, Charles and Stella, along with David Loitz, are conducting invaluable research – and to their credit, they are thoughtful and deliberate about how they gather their research…They are staying true to a fundamental tenet of design – start with empathy and a genuine desire to understand those for whom you are designing. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” Bo, former principal, father, education thought leader
Bo even created this video without our knowledge to share his experience with the Listening Sessions. Click here.
“Most adults are simply not doing enough, except for perhaps Charlie Kouns and David Loitz—the visionaries at Imagining Learning. Around the United States, Kouns, Loitz, and their team have been hosting listening sessions, inviting young people to share their revelations and insights on education. After these listening sessions, Kouns and Loitz analyze and try to make sense of what they have learned by connecting the voices of young people around the nation. Now students are even calling up Imagining Learning to hold sessions in their own communities.” Nikhil Goyal, age 17, author, student voice advocate, from an article he wrote in Good Magazine
We are moved by these responses and thank everyone for sharing. Perhaps you see something in here you might share in your networks. Perhaps there is something here that helps you see why this effort is so important to support. Please let us know if you see other comments or quotes that would help us move our story forward.
Visit Imagining Learning’s IncitED campaign, share it with others, and give the gift of a Listening Session: http://www.incited.org/projects/13. 

imagininglearning:

Words of gratitude from Charlie Kouns, Founding Steward of Imagining Learning on our Imagining Learning IncitED Crowdfunding campaign blog

Over the past few days since the launch of our campaign, as people have chosen to share our campaign with others, we have seen some wonderful statements written telling others about what we do. These are coming from people who have been in touch with our work in some way and have chosen to make an offering to their friends and networks. These are all unsolicited comments!

“This project is important because it makes a strong statement to the collective of humanity that is it time to listen to what the children have to say about their education. I believe that this project has the potential to create a bridge for the public systems by generating conversation that may inspire policy makers to move away from the current “factory” schooling.”  Sue, teacher and mother

“(Imagining Learning) has launched a project that could transform education. As a former teacher, I have often voiced my concern for the state of education in our country, and am so excited by the potential of Imagining Learning to make a profound difference for the future of our children and our culture.” Bob, former teacher 

“What an AMAZING job Charles Kouns and David Loitz are doing with Imagining Learning to capture the honest and authentic voices of students all over the country. These listening sessions allow students to share their ideas and vision of what learning should look like.” Okaikor, teacher, mother

“I authentically believe Imagining Learning has an opportunity to change the future of education. Please contribute if you can and want to get student voices in the conversation about education.” Cameron, university professor, father

We would add two other statements that were written about us recently:

“By traveling the country to listen to young people about what they imagine education could be, Charles and Stella, along with David Loitz, are conducting invaluable research – and to their credit, they are thoughtful and deliberate about how they gather their research…They are staying true to a fundamental tenet of design – start with empathy and a genuine desire to understand those for whom you are designing. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” Bo, former principal, father, education thought leader

Bo even created this video without our knowledge to share his experience with the Listening Sessions. Click here.

“Most adults are simply not doing enough, except for perhaps Charlie Kouns and David Loitz—the visionaries at Imagining Learning. Around the United States, Kouns, Loitz, and their team have been hosting listening sessions, inviting young people to share their revelations and insights on education. After these listening sessions, Kouns and Loitz analyze and try to make sense of what they have learned by connecting the voices of young people around the nation. Now students are even calling up Imagining Learning to hold sessions in their own communities.” Nikhil Goyal, age 17, author, student voice advocate, from an article he wrote in Good Magazine

We are moved by these responses and thank everyone for sharing. Perhaps you see something in here you might share in your networks. Perhaps there is something here that helps you see why this effort is so important to support. Please let us know if you see other comments or quotes that would help us move our story forward.

Visit Imagining Learning’s IncitED campaign, share it with others, and give the gift of a Listening Session: http://www.incited.org/projects/13

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65 hours to go. I need your help. Please donate and please reblog!
I would love all your energy and support for my project Imagining Learning. We have only 65 hours to raise funds to travel the country asking young people how they would change education. Our listening session process helps to activate the young people’s capacity for changing the world and have a transformative effect on them. Our intention is to get 200 donors total by Thursday at 2pm PST. Right now we sit at 128 supporters. We believe 200 donors will sent a powerful message to our young people that we are ready to listen to their voice and visions. I ask you to stand with the young people of the country and contribute what you can to our campaign. Please donate here http://www.incited.org/projects/imagining-learning-creating-a-national-collective-voice-through-listening or if you are international donate here www.imagininglearning.us If you would like to donate but have questions or want to make a donation of another kind, please email me at dloitz@gmail.com
Help Imagining Learning Meet their Crowdfunding Goal! Only 4 days left!

Open to everyone that wants to help young people have a voice in education transformation!

Imagining Learning - Creating a National Collective Voice through Listening
(via Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning | Education on GOOD)

Listen to the recording of the interview with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning. www.imagininglearning.us And please join me in supporting this grass roots movement by donating to their Crowdfunding Campaign that is expiring in less than two weeks at www.IncitEd.org/projects/13

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(via Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning | Education on GOOD)

Listen to the recording of the interview with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning. www.imagininglearning.us And please join me in supporting this grass roots movement by donating to their Crowdfunding Campaign that is expiring in less than two weeks at www.IncitEd.org/projects/13

imagininglearning:

99 donors! Who is going to be number 100? Time to listen to our young people! http://www.incited.org/projects/13 Help Imagining Learning Reach 100 donors!

Which one of my 40,000 follower will be number 100! If you donate in the next 10 minutes, I have a special gift for you. Message me when you donate!

imagininglearning:

99 donors! Who is going to be number 100? Time to listen to our young people! http://www.incited.org/projects/13 Help Imagining Learning Reach 100 donors!

Which one of my 40,000 follower will be number 100! If you donate in the next 10 minutes, I have a special gift for you. Message me when you donate!

*EDUCATION NOW! In this June 6 Edition, host Athena Melville welcomes Charles Kouns and David Loitz to discuss their project Imagining Learning..

imagininglearning:

*EDUCATION NOW! In this June 6 Edition, host Athena Melville welcomes
Charles Kouns and David Loitz to discuss their project Imagining
Learning..

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Imagining Learning has an inter-generational team of people from around the country who are working to bring forward young people’s voices about how they would transform education. They are writing, researching and
contacting communities around the country to arrange for Listening Sessions with teens, ages 13 - 19.  Their wisdom, energy and passion for change are evident in the choices they are making for their own lives and for the future lives of young people in this country. We are excited they have such a commitment to change and invite you to meet them here.

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