1. 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
  2. Student Voices « Cooperative Catalyst

    A great collections of blogs written by Youth Voices or about Youth Voice in Education. Powerful writing!

    Reblogged from: adventuresinlearning
  3. I want to learn. But if school stays this way, then I don’t want to go to school.
  4. 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. “

  5. "Listen To US" - "Creating A Collective Voice of Young People on Education"
via (Imagining Learning)
  6. The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
    Alvin Toffler (via youthmediadevelopment)
    Reblogged from: youthmediadevelopment
  7. Student Voices « Cooperative Catalyst

    A great collections of blogs written by Youth Voices or about Youth Voice in Education. Powerful writing!

  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhTZ58I495w&feature=player_embedded
    Imagining Learning is an invitation to participate in a heart-centered exploration of the question, “How do we educate young people to thrive in a world of possibility?”

    We have designed a creative process we name Listening Sessions that give young people the opportunity to share, in a safe and nurturing environment, their aspirations and insights on education.

    Imagining Learning is currently planning a series of listening sessions in North Carolina and South Carolina in the next few weeks. We are looking for teenagers from all walks of life ages 13- 19 (flexible) to participate in visioning their ideal education system.

    Please email me if you know anyone that would like to be a part of a listening session or help us organize one. david@imagininglearning.us  or visit our web site for more info www.imagininglearning.us

    If you are not in NC or SC, but would like to help bring a listening session to your community, please send us a note here

    Also find us on Facebook and Twitter

    Thank you!

  9. What is an Imagining Learning Listening Session? (by cwk4328)

    "Imagining Learning is creating a national collective voice of young people on their wisdom about transforming education through Listening Sessions with teens all across America. Help us by bringing a Listening Session to your community.

    Find out more at www.imagininglearning.us

    Find Imagining Learning on Facebook

  10. Imagining Learning is committed to emerging a space for a national collective voice of the wisdom of young people on the reinvention of education. We are a “hollow bone”, providing a structure and experience in synthesizing information, through which the voices of young people can be heard in a manner that is unmistakably clear and forthright.

    We are doing this by leading Listening Sessions around the United States with teens, ages 13 – 19, from all walks of life.  A Listening Session has been designed to be appreciative in nature, so there is no conversation about what is wrong with education. A Listening Session creates a space that is safe, free from judgment and empty of anyone’s voice, except those young people who are participating. They encourage young people to tap into their inner knowing – into a voice that has been there all along – and emerge a new set of ideas and beliefs about what could be achieved if given a blank slate from which to hold all young people in the future.

    Creating a National Collective Voice of Young People

  11. Going to school should not define your life. I don’t want to look at living as a math equation, having to solve it and keep following these rules. What’s the point of being on this life support when we all end up dying anyway? We all end up the same.
  12. New Journalism: The wisdom of young people on education with David Loitz and Charles Kouns and students on TTT - Wed - 06.13.12 - 9PM ET...

    paulallison:

    As we slip into summer at TTT, we invite you to be reminded of the importance of starting with youth voices when we consider what to do next as educators. This week on http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET / 6PM PT / World Times http://goo.gl/7JEsR our guests will be:
    • David Loitz, a passionate lover of education, film, basketball, food and life. He is currently working towards his Masters in Holistic Elementary Education at Goddard College. He writes and organizes at Adventures In Learning and on the Cooperative Catalyst, @dloitz .
    • Charles Kouns, @Penthias, the Founding Steward of Imagining Learning, an educator and the father of three. Imagining Learning is creating a national portrait of young people’s wisdom on the reinvention of education.
    • David and Charlie have invited a few students to join us as well. 
    Our conversation will be about how important it is to listen to students, and on David and Charlie’s methods of doing that. David Loitz writes:
    Charlie’s focus is in helping to bring the voices and visions of youth people to a national stage. He is both a teacher and an visionary. He is a dear friend and mentor. He created Imagining Leaning four years ago, and has traveled up and down the west coast and as far as New Zealand to host listening session with groups of young people. 
    Please join us if you can. Let us know what you are thinking about the wisdom of youth. We’ll see you at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET / 6PM PT / World Times http://goo.gl/7JEsR
    Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan
    Reblogged from: paulallison
  13. The great wonder of our current school system is the lost potential for real innovation and change. We have created a system that could be use to consistently rebuild our society to be at the cutting edge of thought and creativity, instead we spend a quarter of our lives learning how to run in place and call “foul” on anyone that chooses to disagree with the way things have been done. What if Schools worked like non-profit business? Solving problems big and small, locally and globally? How would that shift the purpose of education?
  14. What are the best Youth Education Groups

    We are mapping the landscape of Youth groups working to reinvent Education. Please introduce us to groups doing great work and helping to help young people and their communities.
  15. 2yr. year old Mic Check @ Occupy Boston “I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD!” (by ncftTV)

    Pretty amazing and pretty awesome!

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