Turning Your School into a Movement
Forecasting for the Future of Education
Issue #25/ March 19, 2018
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Futurist and game designer Jane McGonigal walked attendees at the 2016 SXSWedu (South by Southwest Education) shared that in order to plan for the future, we have to keep our eyes open to "signals from the future" or trends and patterns emerging now that could plant the seeds for future occurrences (i.e. video rentals + faster Internet service = Netflix streaming).
Take a moment to watch her keynote to learn how you can think (and learn) like a futurist to make your own predictions about what is up ahead on the landscape of education.
Entrepreneurial education is growing in popularity and it is one way to bring PBL into a real-life arena. Students are presented with the opportunity to learn within the context of creating, marketing, and sustaining a business that serves their community. Below are some programs guiding students of all ages through learning via entrepreneurship.
Acton Children's Business Fair
Real World Scholars' EdCorps
For more information about entrepreneurial education programs, take a look at this article from Inc. Magazine online.
Issue #25 Theme: Current Conversations The realm of education is one that touches everyone. To that point, it also draws a lot of discussion across the spectrum. Below are some recent discussions bubbling up within the space of education.
Connecting School with a Community
When Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell took the helm, his school was heading toward extinction. Sorrell found that in order to turn the school around, the entire mission needed to change. Paul Quinn needed to transcend its circumstances to become a movement. This video of Sorrell's keynote at this year's SXSWedu (South by Southwest Education) conference illustrates his work to turn Paul Quinn from a college educating students to one that serves its community and prepares its students to lead the future.
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While relevant, the word "innovation" can sometimes be presented as a buzzword. Below are two examples of schools that demonstrate various examples of the truest definitions of innovation in education:
LAB Atlanta: Started as an off-chute of The Lovett School and open to public and private school students around Metro Atlanta, LAB Atlanta offers a semester-long experiential learning curriculum for 11th graders using the city of Atlanta as its theoretical framework. (Location: Atlanta, GA)
AltSchool: With lab schools on both U.S. coasts, AltSchool offers a personalized learning experience for students who receive individual learning "playlists" based on their strengths, interests, areas of growth, and maturity. (Locations: San Francisco and NYC)
As students plan to move past high school and into a college, university, or trade school, it can be easy to overlook schooling opportunities due to incomplete information about the ethnic makeup of a school. In this report from CNN Money, white students are interviewed about their experiences attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and how such schools are actually more inclusive than one might think by classification alone.
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