1.  How has it impacted your teaching or role as a teacher

    or impact your learning as a student

  2. (via http://www.incited.org/en/projects/4868-Open-Road-Learning-Community-for-Teens—Self-Directed-Learning-Takes-Off)
Please help me by donating to this amazing learning community! I sit on the board and have promised to raise 100 dollars in the next 3 hours! Help me reach my goal and help support low income students attend this learning community! Donate what ever you can. Please reblog!

    (via http://www.incited.org/en/projects/4868-Open-Road-Learning-Community-for-Teens—Self-Directed-Learning-Takes-Off)

    Please help me by donating to this amazing learning community! I sit on the board and have promised to raise 100 dollars in the next 3 hours! Help me reach my goal and help support low income students attend this learning community! Donate what ever you can. Please reblog!

  3. Education is Not a Passive Process-Barack Obama

One of my favorite quotes from the Tumblr Q and A on Tuesday… This quote was a response to a question on Student Voice in education.

    Education is Not a Passive Process-Barack Obama

    One of my favorite quotes from the Tumblr Q and A on Tuesday… This quote was a response to a question on Student Voice in education.

  4. adventuresinlearning:








This is what I was in DC to support and these Senators just voted NO! They voted for the Rich instead of helping the next generation of home owners, car owners, employers, small businesses, and parents to be able to refinance their student loans. This type of actions will be felt for a long time. We must stand up and demand the passing of the Warren Bill. It is important to all current and future students… Don’t let their inaction be forgotten. Send a strong message!



Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted no on the measure, excluding Reid. Find their information and let them know how you feel. For a full roll call, click here.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) — @SenAlexander
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) — @SenJohnBarrasso
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) — @RoyBlunt
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) — @JohnBoozman
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — @SenatorBurr
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) — @SaxbyChambliss
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) — @SenDanCoats
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) — @TomCoburn
Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) — @JohnCornyn
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) — @MikeCrapo
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — @SenTedCruz
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) — @SenatorEnzi
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) — @SenatorFischer
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — @JeffFlake
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) — @ChuckGrassley
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) — @SenOrrinHatch
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) — @SenDeanHeller
Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) — @SenJohnHoeven
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) — @JimInhofe
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) — @SenatorIsakson
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) — @Mike_Johanns
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — @SenRonJohnson
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — @SenatorKirk
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) — @SenMikeLee
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — @SenJohnMcCain
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — @McConnellPress
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — @SenRandPaul
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — @robportman
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) — @SenatorRisch
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) — @SenPatRoberts
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — @MarcoRubio
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) — @SenatorSessions
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) — @SenShelby
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) — @SenJohnThune
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) — @SenToomey
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) — @DavidVitter
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Let them know why this bill needs to be passed! Time for tumblr to show the power of this community!

    adventuresinlearning:

    This is what I was in DC to support and these Senators just voted NO! They voted for the Rich instead of helping the next generation of home owners, car owners, employers, small businesses, and parents to be able to refinance their student loans. This type of actions will be felt for a long time. We must stand up and demand the passing of the Warren Bill. It is important to all current and future students… Don’t let their inaction be forgotten. Send a strong message!

    Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted no on the measure, excluding Reid. Find their information and let them know how you feel. For a full roll call, click here.

    Let them know why this bill needs to be passed! Time for tumblr to show the power of this community!

    Reblogged from: adventuresinlearning
  5. 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/

  6. Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdfunding Creative Progress | on GOOD

    imagininglearning:

    12 Days to Go (and not very close): Listening to Young People First to Transform Education

    Through Imagining Learning, Listening Sessions are arranged across America to ask students how they want to learn and change their education. By providing a forum where students can trust educators with their honest opinions, Imagining Learning has the potential to change education as we know it. Read more from founders and GOOD members David Loitz and Charles Kouns.

    Check it out, Imagining Learning was choose to be part of their Saturday push for good series!  This is for our young people and the future of our planet. From my heart I ask you to donate today. Every dollar donated will be repaid ten-fold in positive energy. Just remember what it was like to be a young person and how powerful it was or is to be listen to and be asked to engage in a project trying to make the world better! You can bring that experience to young people all over the country! Please donate today!

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  7. imagininglearning:

(via How Can We Fix Education? Listen to Young People | Education on GOOD)
We work with teens, ages 13 to 19-years-old, and ask questions based on the word “HOW?”—How would you create a learning journey for yourself and others that you would love? How do you want to learn? How would you make a school no one wants to drop out of?
But we don’t just ask questions. During the final section of the session, participants express themselves artistically by co-creating and sharing 4 1/2 foot by 6 foot paintings, which are visual representations of their ideal learning experience. This process is important as they unlock a vision about what education can be while providing a way for them to activate the power of their voices in a way that they feel seen and heard.
Here is an example of what students produce in Listening Sessions:

“This is not so much a blueprint as it is an abstract expression, trying to capture how it might feel to be there.



The bright colors represent energy and vitality. The person with the many paths coming from their gut represents the fact that the school gives the students the ability to make their own choices and those choices will lead to many paths. Because those paths are uncertain, the footprints represent the walk from one door (on the left) through the unknown to the other door (on the right). While you don’t know where you are going, you do end up where you want to be.
The vines with hearts represents growth, life. The heart represents being treated and treating others with love. The symbol is a combination of the equal sign and the plus sign and stand for inclusion and equality. The person with the movement in the upper left of the painting gives the sense that the experience is motion.”


Student responses during to the sessions have been overwhelmingly positive with us often being asked, “Can you come back tomorrow?” They ask us to return for two reasons. One, they feel invited into the process of changing education for the first time. Two, through our act of trusting and believing in their ability to offer meaningful contributions to the educational conversation, they feel seen and heard—by us and by each other. Indeed, the first thing we usually hear at the end of a Listening Session is, “Thank you for listening, no one ever asks us what we think.” Our adult hosts have also said they see the teens transform right before their eyes.
To date, we have led 20 Listening Sessions in seven states, predominantly on the West Coast and in the South where we recently conducted six Listening Sessions in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. We intend to lead at least 50 more all across the country with students from all backgrounds and walks of life.
By repeating Listening Sessions with young people from all walks of life, all over the country themes are beginning to emerge that can help create a national vision of what young people want in their education. This “collective voice” can be the starting point of a new conversation, an intergenerational conversation about education.
We are not waiting for youth to reach a breaking point. We are proactively engaging young people by providing positive venues and space for them to express their ideas, stories, and voices. They have an answer for us—not to the “why,” but to the “how”—if we all would just listen.
Click here to donate and help Imagining learning ask young people how they would change education!

    imagininglearning:

    (via How Can We Fix Education? Listen to Young People | Education on GOOD)

    We work with teens, ages 13 to 19-years-old, and ask questions based on the word “HOW?”—How would you create a learning journey for yourself and others that you would love? How do you want to learn? How would you make a school no one wants to drop out of?

    But we don’t just ask questions. During the final section of the session, participants express themselves artistically by co-creating and sharing 4 1/2 foot by 6 foot paintings, which are visual representations of their ideal learning experience. This process is important as they unlock a vision about what education can be while providing a way for them to activate the power of their voices in a way that they feel seen and heard.

    Here is an example of what students produce in Listening Sessions:

    “This is not so much a blueprint as it is an abstract expression, trying to capture how it might feel to be there.

    The bright colors represent energy and vitality. The person with the many paths coming from their gut represents the fact that the school gives the students the ability to make their own choices and those choices will lead to many paths. Because those paths are uncertain, the footprints represent the walk from one door (on the left) through the unknown to the other door (on the right). While you don’t know where you are going, you do end up where you want to be.

    The vines with hearts represents growth, life. The heart represents being treated and treating others with love. The symbol is a combination of the equal sign and the plus sign and stand for inclusion and equality. The person with the movement in the upper left of the painting gives the sense that the experience is motion.”

    Student responses during to the sessions have been overwhelmingly positive with us often being asked, “Can you come back tomorrow?” They ask us to return for two reasons. One, they feel invited into the process of changing education for the first time. Two, through our act of trusting and believing in their ability to offer meaningful contributions to the educational conversation, they feel seen and heard—by us and by each other. Indeed, the first thing we usually hear at the end of a Listening Session is, “Thank you for listening, no one ever asks us what we think.” Our adult hosts have also said they see the teens transform right before their eyes.

    To date, we have led 20 Listening Sessions in seven states, predominantly on the West Coast and in the South where we recently conducted six Listening Sessions in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. We intend to lead at least 50 more all across the country with students from all backgrounds and walks of life.

    By repeating Listening Sessions with young people from all walks of life, all over the country themes are beginning to emerge that can help create a national vision of what young people want in their education. This “collective voice” can be the starting point of a new conversation, an intergenerational conversation about education.

    We are not waiting for youth to reach a breaking point. We are proactively engaging young people by providing positive venues and space for them to express their ideas, stories, and voices. They have an answer for us—not to the “why,” but to the “how”—if we all would just listen.

    Click here to donate and help Imagining learning ask young people how they would change education!

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  8. imagininglearning:

 Art gives young people the means to express and unleash their true potential! Tests on the other hand limits their expression to fit neatly on a scan tron. We choose art!
You should see how young people dream when we give them paint and a blank canvas to vision their ideal education in our listening session. 
Imagining Learning is working with young people to transform #edu using Art, storytelling +voice! Watch this video to see our listening session process! http://bit.ly/15IE8P6

    imagininglearning:

     Art gives young people the means to express and unleash their true potential! Tests on the other hand limits their expression to fit neatly on a scan tron. We choose art!

    You should see how young people dream when we give them paint and a blank canvas to vision their ideal education in our listening session.

    Imagining Learning is working with young people to transform #edu using Art, storytelling +voice! Watch this video to see our listening session process! http://bit.ly/15IE8P6

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  9. Imagining Learning: Asking Young People How They Would Change Education! (by cwk4328)

    You can do all this and more by just donating 5-10 dollars! We have had over 50 donors pledge money to our campaign in the first week. Our goal is to reach 1000 donors by June 13th!

    I know we can do it, I have see tumblr do some amazing things. At the moment I have 39,000 followers. I just need 1000 of you to step up to the plate! Be part of the change!

    If you enjoy all the content I post on Adventures in Learning, think of this as a small way to give back.  I know my supporters are generous! I seen it over and over again! Take 5 minutes and go donate now. Message me and tell me you donated. I have special AIL gifts for everyone that donates and messages me.

    3 steps to helping:

    1. Donate 5-25 dollars

    2. Reblog this post!

    3. Message me

    Thank you in advance!

    -Adventures in Learning

  10. imagininglearning:

    High School Training Ground by Malcolm London (by malcolm london)

    If you have not seen video High School Training Ground! It is a must, even before coffee! at its best! Truth spoken

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  11. imagininglearning:

    What’s a Imagining Learning listening session look like? This great short film created by Bo Adams showcases our listening session at Unboundary in Atlanta, GA! help us give this experience to other students by donating here 
    We need $446.00 to fund the next listening session! Every dollar counts! That is only 20 donating 25 dollars!

    Do you want to bring a listening session to your community? Find out more here

    -Imagining Learning

    We need $446.00 to fund the next listening session! Every dollar counts! That is only 20 donating 25 dollars!  or 44 people donating 10 dollars! I have 39,000 followers I think we can do it!

    Donate here http://www.incited.org/projects/13

    When you donate, message me and I will give you an additional gift. I have some fun stuff to give away from my favorite education books to Hand drawn art to creating personalized education memes for your blog!

    Whatever you do, Please reblog this and thank you in advance for your generous support! I know you all are helping to create an education system that treats students, teachers, and communities as if they matter!!!

    -adventures in learning

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  12. imagininglearning:

    (via Imagining Learning - Creating a National Collective Voice through Listening on IncitED)

    Imagining Learning is working with young people across the country to create a national collective vision of how they would transform education. We believe that young people have an innate wisdom and authenticity about how future generations would best be educated, but they aren’t usually invited to participate in discussions or decision making in their communities.

    Imagining Learning is built on the idea of Listening. Our Listening Sessions are designed to create an appreciative environment of trust and openness so their natural wisdom can emerge. Within each Listening Session, young people, ages 13 - 19, co-create paintings containing their visions for transforming education. These paintings are visual stories containing the key themes that each group believes is essential to changing education. Visit our gallery to see some of these paintings.

    As we do Listening Sessions with young people all across the country, certain themes appear over and over again. These represent their collective voice, a voice rich in passion, ideas, and wisdom. Currently, we have done 20 Listening Sessions in locations such as San Francisco, CA; Birmingham, AL; Seattle, WA; Jackson, MS; Portland, OR, etc.

    Please take a moment and check out Imagining Learning’s Crowdfunding campaign! Imagining Learning is my passion work and important part of how I think we can transform education! I ask if you enjoy my blog, please visit the campaign  and see what lights my fire every day!

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  13. imagininglearning:

We won’t go without you! In preparation for the launch of our first ever fundraising campaign next week, take a look at the communities that have requested we come and lead an Imagining Learning Listening Session!! We have been averaging about 2 a week for the past few weeks! Join the Imagining Learning Listening Session family
Here is a map of the Places Imagining Learning hopes to do listening sessions in the next year! Do you want to be added to the list? Any help sharing out Imagining Learning over the next week or two, will really help us fill this map up with more Blue dots! Email us at david@imagininglearning.us if you are interested in helping organizing a listening session or check out our website at www.imagininglearning.us 

Bring a Listening Session to your Community!

    imagininglearning:

    We won’t go without you! In preparation for the launch of our first ever fundraising campaign next week, take a look at the communities that have requested we come and lead an Imagining Learning Listening Session!! We have been averaging about 2 a week for the past few weeks! Join the Imagining Learning Listening Session family

    Here is a map of the Places Imagining Learning hopes to do listening sessions in the next year! Do you want to be added to the list? Any help sharing out Imagining Learning over the next week or two, will really help us fill this map up with more Blue dots! Email us at david@imagininglearning.us if you are interested in helping organizing a listening session or check out our website at www.imagininglearning.us

    Bring a Listening Session to your Community!

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  14. Could there actually be one “C” to rule them all?! | Connected Principals

    What does offering more control to student learners look like? Below I provide some examples – patches to a quilt of sorts. My examples are by no means exhaustive. But I think seeing examples helps.

    Reblogged from: imagininglearning
  15. "I think if more kids or students had the experience of an Imagining Learning listening sessions there would be a lot less apathy, there would be a lot more people stepping up to the plate to change the world, to be the change, really. That is what is missing, we need empowerment to be the change, so that things can get better and that is what the listening session gave me.” - Mackenzie A, student from an Imagining Learning Listening Session in California.

    "I think if more kids or students had the experience of an Imagining Learning listening sessions there would be a lot less apathy, there would be a lot more people stepping up to the plate to change the world, to be the change, really. That is what is missing, we need empowerment to be the change, so that things can get better and that is what the listening session gave me.” - Mackenzie A, student from an Imagining Learning Listening Session in California.

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