1. Scott Nine joined Laurette Lynn last week for a conversation on Unplugged Mom Radio about democratic education, where home education fits into the picture, and what building an educational movement will require.

  2. (via Snowball Challenge to $150,000 | IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America)

    My friends and Followers, today is a day I ask a favor. IDEA,The institute of Democratic Education in America, is doing amazing work via two dozen organizers (including me), a committed & hardworking staff, education innovation tours around the country, the list goes on.

    I am asking you to consider pledging even just $3 a month for the next year. If you’re feeling generous, go for a bit more and skip a lunch outing each month. Times are tight, but education needs you. So much to do, so little time.

    Parents, teachers, business owners, students, we need everyone, and IDEA is helping  to create that change it.

    As little as 3 bucks a month, you can be the change. (they even accept paypals)

    I have pledged that, and if I can get 10 others to pledge 3 dollars a month I will double my donation. I know a lot of you love all the links that I share, much of that energy is due to my work with IDEA! So think of it as an investment in me and an investment in good education resources!

    Please message me if you donate and I will give you an Adventures in Learning Shout out!

  3. Ice, Ice Baby IDEA Style (by goodideafolks)

    To spread the word about our holiday fundraising goal, IDEA supporters around the country put together this music video, our take on “Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. We didn’t spend a penny on it — this was truly a grassroots effort.

    We invited our organizers, staff, board members, youth, and other fans to submit footage. The response was amazing: people responded from seven states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The fact that we turned the video around in four days is a testament to the national momentum that’s growing toward meaningful change in education.

    It’s time to reinvent education. Will you donate your dollars or pledge a few dimes? http://fundly.com/democraticeducation

    Read more about IDEA at www.democraticeducation.org.

  4. (via The Eduvation Library | The Institute for Democratic Education in America)
Educational change requires practical, relevant and innovative tools. The Eduvation Library is a collaborative project to curate the highest quality resources that support meaningful learning and help build the will for change.   It’s a place to find what you need and to help others by growing the  library’s collection.
How to use the library:
Browse the categories on the left 
Search for resources using the search bar below 
Comment on and rate individual resources - log in from the sidebar 
Help grow the library by submitting new resources and telling us what you need.

    (via The Eduvation Library | The Institute for Democratic Education in America)

    Educational change requires practical, relevant and innovative tools. The Eduvation Library is a collaborative project to curate the highest quality resources that support meaningful learning and help build the will for change. It’s a place to find what you need and to help others by growing the library’s collection.

    How to use the library:

  5. Cooperative Catalyst

  6. The education that America’s students need and deserve is, above all else, a democratic education.

    By democratic education, I mean learning that equips students to participate fully in a healthy democracy. As we all know, a democracy is a system in which the people have the power and are able to exercise it. That’s a really difficult state of affairs to maintain, and it can’t be preserved under just any circumstances. At its core, a functioning democracy requires that its citizens be autonomous, responsible members of their community and the larger world. That, in turn, necessitates an education system that is rooted in meaningful challenge to the learner; that is responsive and relevant to the learner’s community; that cultivates personal and social responsibility; and that helps individuals and communities find their voices.

    In addition, an education that is democratic must incorporate the principles of a healthy democracy. That means that students should have an active role in shaping their own learning. Teachers, administrators, and policy-makers must stop thinking of children as passive recipients of knowledge, like empty vessels or products on an assembly line, and instead engage students as the uniquely gifted participants and citizens that they are and that our democracy requires them to be.

  7. Transformers Top Ten List (simple ways to transformer education from Veteran Teacher Nancy Flanagan)

    If we’re sitting around, waiting for a progressive, democratic education movement, built on justice and innovation, to emerge, we’re going to be waiting for a long time. What if we started today, with drops of democratic water splashing on the market-forces education rock–so to speak. How about ten free, subtle, simple things teachers can do to begin the process of re-claiming–transforming–education?

    1. Smile at children. Often. Especially when they say things that are true, profound, and childlike.

    2. Stop talking about how much standardized tests “matter.” Stop feeding the test-anxiety machine. Immediately.

    3. Invent reasons to do lessons outside. Even in the winter. Even with high school kids. Measure snow, feed birds, write group poetry, play games in the parking lot– or something.

    4. Find something good one of your least creative colleagues does and compliment that person. Encourage them to do it more.

    5. Take a traditional school basic practice and develop a learning question: What would happen if we didn’t take attendance? If students graded teachers? If seniors taught kindergarten, instead of teachers? If students chose the music instead of the music teacher? This is totally adaptable to all levels/subjects. Why do we have levels and subjects, anyway?

    6. Get brave and start a reading club (it only takes two) and read an article about innovative schools. Talk about out-there educational ideas and models (that would never fly in your community) at lunch. Better yet, invite parents to join–both the reading, and the lunch.

    7. Volunteer to handle a bulletin board or showcase for a semester–and use it to post provocative questions. Invite everyone at the school to contribute to the conversation.

    8. Ask students what they haven’t learned in school that they wish they knew. Post the answers someplace where the superintendent and school board can read them.

    9. Be silent for a day. Communicate with students via written word and hand signals. Ask them to take over their own learning. If necessary, pretend to have laryngitis.

    10.  Touch your students. Do it carefully–the shoulder pat, the hair ruffle, one finger on an arm, a handshake–but understand the power of human touch.

  8. Blog for IDEC 2012 Week: Real Education Is… | IDEA

    It’s Blog for IDEC 2012 Week, and each day you’re invited to submit a post on one of the defining values of the conference and what it means to you. Leave a link to your URL in the comments section, and we’ll add it to this post. Check back throughout this week as we update this post with new links. Use the Twitter hashtag #blog4idec.

    And don’t forget to register for IDEC before the Early Bird Special ends on November 7!

    Tuesday, November 1: Real Education is Human:

    Wednesday, November 2: Real Education Is Powerful.


    Thursdsay, November 3: Real Education Is Relevant.


    Friday, November 4: Real Education Is Transformative.


    Other posts on IDEC:

  9. What Kind of Human Being do you want to be?- Cornel West
On wall at NYC Public School iSchool
Taken during IDEA’s Innovation Tour in NYC (Nov 3. 2011)
Follow the Tour on Twitter with the Tag #itourny

    What Kind of Human Being do you want to be?- Cornel West

    On wall at NYC Public School iSchool

    Taken during IDEA’s Innovation Tour in NYC (Nov 3. 2011)

    Follow the Tour on Twitter with the Tag #itourny

  10. occupyedu:

I Occupy Education By:
Identifying and elevating best practices in education.
Insisting that the democratic values that we prize in our society and culture [Individual voice, respect for individuals ad their point of view, collaboration, equitable access, diversity and difference, and transparency] are present and play vital roles in how are education is structured. For youth and adults. 
Honoring and respecting that youngsters are people who have a voice of their own.
Staying committed to bettering education so that we better tomorrow.
Giving my time and energy to becoming a more abled, stronger and well-guided Change Guerrilla of Education.
Working for the Institute of Democratic Education In America toward a more meaningful education, for all. 

    occupyedu:

    I Occupy Education By:

    • Identifying and elevating best practices in education.
    • Insisting that the democratic values that we prize in our society and culture [Individual voice, respect for individuals ad their point of view, collaboration, equitable access, diversity and difference, and transparency] are present and play vital roles in how are education is structured. For youth and adults. 
    • Honoring and respecting that youngsters are people who have a voice of their own.
    • Staying committed to bettering education so that we better tomorrow.
    • Giving my time and energy to becoming a more abled, stronger and well-guided Change Guerrilla of Education.
    • Working for the Institute of Democratic Education In America toward a more meaningful education, for all. 
    Reblogged from: occupyedu
  11. (via IDEA Innovation Tours: New York | The Institute for Democratic Education in America)

Join Us in New York: NYC Innovation Tour November 2-4
Only 10 spots remain!   We would love to have you join us in New York City for our Innovation Tour on November 2-4, though you need to register quickly to  ensure your spot.  With 20 folks already reserved, there is space for  only 10 more participants and we hope you will be among them. We’ve learned that there is nothing that  compares to seeing schools and educational programs with your own eyes  and having the opportunity to make meaning of the experience with  others.  That’s the purpose of our Innovation Tours, and the NYC tour is shaping up to be a great one. If you haven’t checked out the sites we’re visiting, take a look now:1. NYC iSchool:  A  public high school just 4 years old, the iSchool combines innovative  use of technology with a problem-based approach to learning, where  students have the opportunity to engage in real world projects in New  York City and beyond. 
2. P.S. 28, Warren Prep Academy: Public  pre-K to 5th grade school offering strong social and emotional support  to students, meaningful teacher professional development, and a center  for direct support for parents and the community, all in a high-poverty  urban neighborhood in Brooklyn. Read this speech by Pedro Noguera for more about P.S. 28. 3. Urban Academy: A  highly successful and influential public high school, Urban Academy has  been offering a diverse group of students an engaging, personalized,  and inquiry-based learning experience since 1985. 4. The Point: A  non-profit youth and community development organization in the Bronx.  Grounded in asset-based community development, THE POINT believes that  the residents of the South Bronx, especially young people, have the  vision and ability to transform their neighborhoods.
We hope you’ll join us, so please register today !   ¡Regístrese en español aquí!

    (via IDEA Innovation Tours: New York | The Institute for Democratic Education in America)

    Join Us in New York: NYC Innovation Tour November 2-4


    Only 10 spots remain! 
    We would love to have you join us in New York City for our Innovation Tour on November 2-4, though you need to
    register quickly to ensure your spot.  With 20 folks already reserved, there is space for only 10 more participants and we hope you will be among them. 

    We’ve learned that there is nothing that compares to seeing schools and educational programs with your own eyes and having the opportunity to make meaning of the experience with others.  That’s the purpose of our Innovation Tours, and the NYC tour is shaping up to be a great one.

    If you haven’t checked out the sites we’re visiting, take a look now:

    1. NYC iSchool:  A public high school just 4 years old, the iSchool combines innovative use of technology with a problem-based approach to learning, where students have the opportunity to engage in real world projects in New York City and beyond. 


    2. P.S. 28, Warren Prep Academy: Public pre-K to 5th grade school offering strong social and emotional support to students, meaningful teacher professional development, and a center for direct support for parents and the community, all in a high-poverty urban neighborhood in Brooklyn. Read this speech by Pedro Noguera for more about P.S. 28.
    3. Urban Academy: A highly successful and influential public high school, Urban Academy has been offering a diverse group of students an engaging, personalized, and inquiry-based learning experience since 1985.
    4. The Point: A non-profit youth and community development organization in the Bronx. Grounded in asset-based community development, THE POINT believes that the residents of the South Bronx, especially young people, have the vision and ability to transform their neighborhoods.


    We hope you’ll join us, so please register today !   ¡Regístrese en español aquí!


  12. From November 2-4, thirty educators, parents, youth, and policy-makers will visit four dynamic schools and programs. Together, we’ll make meaning of the visits through conversation and reflection. Space is limited on the NYC Innovation Tour, so register now to secure your spot. (Regístrese en español aquí.)


    Here’s a snapshot of each site we’ll visit:


    1) NYC iSchool: A public high school just 4 years old, the iSchool combines innovative use of technology with a problem-based approach to learning, where students have the opportunity to engage in real world projects in New York City and beyond.


    2) P.S. 28, Warren Prep Academy: Public pre-K to 5th grade school offering strong social and emotional support to students, meaningful teacher professional development, and a center for direct support for parents and the community, all in a high-poverty urban neighborhood in Brooklyn. 
    3) Urban Academy: A highly successful and influential public high school, Urban Academy has been offering a diverse group of students an engaging, personalized, and inquiry-based learning experience since 1985.
    4) The Point: A non-profit youth and community development organization in the Bronx. Grounded in asset-based community development, THE POINT believes that the residents of the South Bronx, especially young people, have the vision and ability to transform their neighborhoods.


    Save the Date: The Puerto Rico Innovation Tour is coming November 15-18!

     
  13. IDEA Innovation Tours: New York | The Institute for Democratic Education in America


    We’re excited to announce the IDEA New York Innovation Tour on November 2-4.  Showing educators, youth, parents, and policy-makers what is possible - and talking about it together in a group - can be a powerful way to catalyze real educational change in our communities.  This email is to give you information on the tour, invite you to attend, and ask for your help getting the word out.  The tour only has space for 30 participants, so you need to act quickly!

    You can see full details and register on the New York Innovation tour page of our website.  Here’s the snapshot itinerary:

     - Wednesday, November 2: Opening gathering for tour participants and dinner starting at 5pm

     - Thursday, November 3: Morning visit to NYC iSchool, afternoon visit to P.S. 28 Warren Prep Academy, tour group discussions until dinner

     - Friday, November 4: Morning visit to Urban Academy, afternoon visit to THE POINT, closing discussions with participants finishing at 5:30pm

    We hope you might be able to attend the tour. 

    Getting the word out:
    Please help us by passing along the New York tour website and information about the tour to any teachers, students, or others you know who might be interested in participating.  The 30 participants will be a cross-section of educators, young people, education advocates, policy folks, and more. 

  14. IDEA Innovation Tours: New York | The Institute for Democratic Education in America

    November 2-4, 2011

    Join us on IDEA’s fall Innovation Tour in New York City. Thirty educators, parents, youth, and policy-makers will visit four dynamic schools and programs, and together we’ll make meaning of the visits through conversation and reflection.

    New York Innovation Tour Sites

    NYC iSchool

    A public high school just 4 years old, the iSchool combines innovative use of technology with a problem-based approach to learning, where students have the opportunity to engage in real world projects in New York City and beyond. The school also features a unique modular schedule, strong student involvement, and close public-private partnerships.


    P.S. 28 Warren Prep Academy

    Public pre-K to 5th grade school offering strong social and emotional support to students, meaningful teacher professional development, and a center for direct support for parents and the community, all in a high-poverty urban neighborhood in Brooklyn. This speech by educator Pedro Noguera describes many of the unique programs at P.S. 28.


    Urban Academy

    A highly successful and influential public high school, Urban Academy has been offering a diverse group of students an engaging, personalized, and inquiry-based learning experience since 1985. The school is a founding and leading member of the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a group of 28 schools using portfolio and performance assessment that have earned a waiver out of several of the NY Regents state tests.


    THE POINT A non-profit youth and community development organization in the Bronx. Grounded in asset-based community development, THE POINT believes that the residents of the South Bronx, especially young people, have the vision and ability to transform their neighborhoods. Programs include a teen leadership activist group, young women and men’s groups, theater and photography workshops, music, a

  15. (via Thank you! | IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America)
I just made a pledge of 5 dollars towards IDEA goal to raise 3,000 dollars by Sept 30, 2011.
Anyone willing to match my donation?

    (via Thank you! | IDEA: The Institute for Democratic Education in America)

    I just made a pledge of 5 dollars towards IDEA goal to raise 3,000 dollars by Sept 30, 2011.

    Anyone willing to match my donation?

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