On June 25, 2013, nine US high school students will be traveling to Guatemala with Perduco's Con Los Ojos Abiertos! 2013, an extraordinary experiential learning adventure of Spanish language instruction, cultural studies, and service learning at Escuela Proyecto La Esperanza, The School of Hope.
While at The School of Hope, participating students will engage in a five-day, co-creation, hands-on skills-building activity, working collaboratively with a Guatemalan peer, to produce a solution to a challenge. Co-creation allows and encourages active involvement from the students to create a value rich experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
"In 2013, then, what (and who) do we want to see in our schools? What stories will we tell about them, and why? And who will get to do the telling?
What if the stories we told about schools were less about lagging dysfunction and more about healthy design?
What if the picture of teachers we painted was less about apathy and more about expertise?
What if the central message of our education coverage was not just that a learning revolution is needed, but also that it’s already underway?
Beginning today, one such effort is now underway, via a 10-part video series that chronicles a year in the life of a remarkable public school in Boston, the Mission Hill School.
Every other week until June, a new five-minute video will be released on www.ayearatmissionhill.com. Each video is both a chapter in a larger story about a single school, and a chance for all of us to spark a different sort of conversation about the state of teaching in learning in America.
Check out the first chapter below and see what you think. And if you like it, please share it widely, and add your voice to the conversation - in this blog, on Facebook and Twitter, and via every other way, virtual or in person, you can think of.
Everyone knows what it feels like to go to school.
What if everyone knew what it felt like to go to a great school?”
I want to commend the tumblr editors. Since I mentioned the lack of students in the #education tag- there has been an incredible upsweep of student involvement.
GWLAP and PPT have done an excellent job building this tag. Adventures In Learning, more than any other editor, understands the need for student voices. His movement, imagining learning, is exactly what I advocated. It’s so good to know that there are people out there who are taking real world steps to amend this fault.
If you’re not on this list: either re-blog or message me and I’ll edit you in. I may publish this list on my education blog just to make connections easier. If you would like your blog to be on this list- message me.
Eclectic Blogs That Publish Content From High Schoolers
1. How To Drop Out Of School: All content is written by high school students.
2. EdZedOmega: Very cool project.
High School Unschoolers/Homeschoolers Who Write About Education
8. http://reborn-pure.tumblr.com/ (FOLLOW HER)
12. http://swallowtailskies.tumblr.com/ (FOLLOW HER!)
A quick note to editors and students: More students contribute under the #homeschooling and #unschooling tag. Unschool students- tag your posts with #education.
Other Teens Who Write About Education
Students need to write more about education. Teachers need to direct more posts to students. The tag should be a place not only for teachers to connect with teachers, but for students to connect with students. And, of course, for teachers and students to talk about fixing education.
There is really not a good Student voice Education tag being used on tumblr. I am always looking, but I am the only one using the Student voice tag….
Let me know and I will help promote and amplify students writing about education!
In a lot of educators’ minds, “student voice” only happens when adults direct learners to share their thoughts in ways that are acceptable in schools. Whether embedded in the curriculum, listened to through adult-led student forums, or guided in carefully moderated websites, student voice is often painted as the cuddly, friendly, and convenient precursor to “student engagement.”
However, after more than a decade of working with schools across the US and Canada to promote Meaningful Student Involvement throughout the education system, I have discovered that student voice is a multifaceted reality that occurs throughout schools, all the time. Today I define student voice as any expression of any learner about any facet of education. It is shared by the kid who runs out in the hallway after class and scribbles “Mrs Jones Sux!”, as well as the student government president who writes a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Its the girls texting answers to the test under the desk, as well as the debate team captain speaking in at the mock government event.
This shows us how bullying is clearly an expression of student voice. While inconvenient and disconcerting, approaching bullying from this understanding can allow educators to discern the genuine source of why bullying happens. Repressed actions, ideas, knowledge, and beliefs need an appropriate outlet, and schools are positioned to engage both young people and adults in learning through Meaningful Student Involvement.
What makes a Successful Student? From a High school student.
A vision board created by Students when asked what do you want school to look like?
From a student at Occupy High…
I occupy Education because I am the future, the pillars of society.
We are the future, the pillars of society.
The good and the great of humanity comes out of whether we have a good educational system.
Because I love to learn.
I occupy edu because I need to be educated.
And I got 99 reasons why!
These students inspire me so much! Reclaiming their education and their voice in why and how they learn! If you have not visited their facebook page it is a must!
It has been one years since our amazing Blog for Real Education Reform. I want to invite people to follow the link to over 100 amazing posts by Parents, Teachers and Students giving their own ideas on how to reform education.
The Day of National Blogging for Real Education Reform was an outstanding success in many ways, and it continues beyond November 22. While this post was originally set up to archive the links, some organization quickly became necessary. The links are now mostly alphabetical by title, but a few have been brought forward–the reflections on the day and the response by Secretary Arne Duncan as well as responses to him. Student voices are also near the top as they are our clients and why we are blogging for real reform. Thank you, students for participating!
- IDEA Tours NYC
- Cooperative Catalyst Presents: Dream School Commons
- Reflections on a Lesson Plan
- Tale of a Broken System: A Student’s Perspective (Guest Post by Jay Chisley)
- Stop Teaching Kids About Germs (Satire)
- The Problem Is Older Than the Factory
- Real Education Is Transformative
- Top Ten List for Reluctant Teacher-Transformers
- A transformative experience: Learning to Dive
- Real education is transformative