In one week, a group of educators, young people, and community leaders will visit 4 powerful sites of learning on the Oregon Innovation Tour. Spots are still open, so considering registering and joining us!
We’ll visit with a Latino youth mentoring program, a Reggio Emilia inspired co-op school, an elementary school providing students with opportunities to confront real environmental and social issues in their community, and a project-based high school where students engage in community internships and portfolios for graduation.
Act now and register for an open spot on the Oregon Tour!
I helped organize this and will be on the tour! There is nothing like seeing meaningful learning in action! Please message me with any questions
Want to know what powerful learning looks like? Sign up for the IDEA Oregon Tour! Sign up here The tour will showcase 4 unique schools and programs in Eugene, Oregon May 1st-3rd. Join me and other educators, parents and students from around the state and country.
- Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School- A neighborhood public high school in the South Bronx, Fannie Lou is a 20-year old community school with strong advisory and wrap-around support for students, real world learning for students through internships and community service, a member of the NY Performance Standards Consortium, and partnerships with the NYC iZone,Children’s Aid Society, andBig Picture Learning.
- 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, aquaculture, and after-school support.
- Calhoun School- A progressive independent pre K-12th grade school, Calhoun supports the intellectual, emotional and social growth of its students. Calhoun stands out in the independent school world with its commitment to experiential learning that starts from the needs and interests of the students. The school upholds a public mission by partnering with public and charter schools and engaging in work to create a documentary and curriculum on white privilege and deconstructing racism.
- El Puente- Founded over 30 years ago, El Puente is a community initiative working for peace and social change through 4 major programs: youth leadership and civic engagement activities, arts-focused projects, community health and environmental wellness initiatives, and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice - founded 20 years ago as the first school in the U.S. dedicated to human rights and social justice.
Schools That Change Communities Trailer (by BobGliner)
Oregon High School Featured in New Television Documentary
Kennedy Alternative High School in Cottage Grove Oregon will be among five schools featured in a new one hour documentary, Schools That Change Communities, which will air on OPB Plus, throughout most of Oregon, Sunday night, Jan 6, at 8 PM as part of beginning its nationwide broadcasts. Produced by Bob Gliner (Lessons From The Real World), this unique, engaging documentary turns the current focus of education on its head. While most US schools keep their students bottled up in classrooms as a way of increasing test scores, this very upbeat special focuses on a diverse rang of K-12 public schools in five states that instead break down the walls between the school and its neighborhood. By viewing their communities as classrooms, students are not only invigorated, but also motivated to learn the basics and how to think critically and engage in solving problems they and the larger world they inhabit now face.
At Kennedy Alternative High School students spend much of their time outside classroom walls helping Cottage Grove develop a sustainable environment.
Greg Smith, a professor of education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, is also featured as a commentator on the documentary.
For more about the documentary and to watch a trailer visit Bob Gliner’s website: Docmakeronline.com.
Join IDEA for an Live-tweet during the broadcast of this film. Sunday 8pm PST using the #ideachat hashtag!
This past week (or two) on the IDEA Blog, we announced our new blog format, while Thomas Friedman introduced the odd notion that teacher evaluations based on high-stakes tests raises the level of the teaching profession.
Students and educators from Alabama spoke to us about how we need to listen to youth and how youth convert culture, and we had another opportunity to listen to youth as they responded to a new video that explores what learning will look like in the future.
Sam Chaltain expressed the need for educators to balance art and science (and not say “um”), and we celebrated an amazing educator and senator - Paul Wellstone - 10 years after the accident that cut short his life.
We began our Learning Spaces series with a view of Hunts Point Riverside Park developed by youth and adults in the South Bronx, Dena Simmons told us what to do if a student comes at you with scissors, and Sam wondered if all the hype over the Ethiopian youth hacking their laptops misses the point that between authoritarianism and absense of adults is a large area in the middle filled with mentorship, nurturing and support.
Finally, I delved into election season by compiling links with info on education issues and candidates’ positions (and imagined that the debates actually asked “a” question on education).
Most importantly, we send our thoughts and best wishes to everyone dealing with the aftermath of the storm on the east coast.
Youth Converts Culture - A MANIFESTO (by Daniel Whitt)
Via (the IDEA BLOG)
“”Oh they’re young, what do they know?
Well, a lot, if you listen.
We only have one shot.
Here we go, don’t miss it.
We know how it feels to be overlooked.
So we’re taking a flight to the world’s ear, piloted by the youth.
Are you listening, now?”
“If our youth are going to invent the future, we have to start re-inventing the way they learn.”
IDEA Organizers Jonathan Carlisle, Javarius Johnson, and Beth Sanders were involved this past summer with Youth Converts Culture. You can see them in this and other videos on the Youth Converts Culture site. “
Education’s New Era: Scott Nine at TEDxYouth@BFS (by TEDxYouth)
Scott Nine is the Executive Director of IDEA. A dynamic public speaker and organizer, he enjoys teaching and learning about leadership, social justice, community, educational reform, environmental sanity, personal growth, entrepreneurship, and how we get along with one another. Scott has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. He has experience teaching, advising, and creating learning communities for people ages 5 to 95. Raised by two public school educators, Scott fell in love with his partner Hollie while growing up in Apache Junction, Arizona. He is normally based in Portland, Oregon but is spending the school year in Caguas, Puerto Rico, where Kristofer, KD, and Ellanore teach him new lessons on an almost daily basis.
Last day to apply to be an IDEA community organizer! I have been a community organizer for two years! It is an amazing opportunity to help transform education!
Don’t wait help change education and the world!
What are examples of democratic education?
IDEA sees democratic education as a spectrum that includes many types of learning environments. They incorporate elements such as authentic assessment, inconvenient youth voice, participatory decision making, and youth-adult advisories. Here are a few forms that democratic education can take:
- Schools, those that label themselves “democratic” as well as those that embody these values without using that term
- Individual teachers, who carve out spaces for democratic education in their classrooms and schools
- Youth-led groups, including groups formed within schools and in communities
- Non-profit organizations that support youth voice through school-based, out-of-school, and summer programs
- Colleges in which young adults can direct their own learning and practice shared decision-making
- Homeschooling and unschooling, personalized education directed by a young person and his or her family
- Youth voice in policymaking, especially in education policy
- Education cities in which constituents transform the community into a learning space and increase the standard of living
For a more in-depth explanation, read Dana Bennis’ feature on “What Is Democratic Education?”
I was browsing at IDEA’s Youtube Activity and amazed at all the great education videos that came up. I highly recommend you head over and check out the list….. I know what I watching all weekend….
Make Your Voice Heard: Discover Democratic Education (by goodideafolks)
This one of the groups that I work with. I have been a community organizer for the last two years and have grown and learned so much from working with IDEA. I have not found another organization that respect the efforts of local change agents, but understands the need for a national collective voice and vision for education transformation.
I also deeply believe that IDEA’s mission is rooted a positive vision for both education and the world, social justice and respect for young people and their communities.
-Adventures In Learning
If you haven’t visited the L.I.B. (as we often refer to it), it has recently been updated. We’ve recently made it faster and easier to submit resources, such as articles, research, and information about innovative learning spaces. It’s easier to search the library, too: you’ll find a tag cloud and related articles prompting you to go deeper into our ever-evolving showcase of free resources.