On March 8–10, EPIC researchers Ross Anderson, Michael Thier, and Paul Beach presented at the 41st annual conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) in Denver, Colorado. The conference drew a strong contingent from the University of Oregon where Ross, Michael, and Paul are PhD students in the Department of Educational Methodology,…
Luba Vangelova of KQED News writes about The Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA: The 2010 pilot involved eight students — sophomores, juniors and seniors — chosen on the basis of written applications and interviews. “The idea was that it was for students who could manage their time…
Essential Skills and Dispositions: Developmental Frameworks for Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Self-Direction
This set of developmental frameworks was created to facilitate discussion within communities of practice and to enhance a shared understanding of the dynamic nature of four essential skills—collaboration, communication, creativity, and self-direction in learning. The frameworks define components inherent to each skill and describe performance across a beginner to emerging expert progression, informed by research on the development of expertise. Unlike discipline-specific learning progressions and rubrics, the developmental progressions reflect components essential to the skill itself and describe growth dependent on many years of active exploration, experimentation, setbacks, and reflection.
Michael Brosnan interviews organizational expert Jim Collins about his research on educational leadership. Collins argues that a great organization must meet these three tests:
- It has to have superior results relative to its particular mission.
- It has to have a distinct impact.
- It has to have lasting endurance.
Author: Michael Brosnan
Authors Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie describe common ways groups go astray and offer suggestions to avoid or address them. They argue that these four problems are most commonly to blame for poor or self-destructive decisions: Groups do not merely fail to correct the errors of their members; they amplify them. They fall victim…
A science teacher explains how student feedback helped him to improve his lesson plans and calls on other teachers to revolutionize the way they teach. Questions What are you passionate about? Why? How do you respond to working on things you are not passionate about? Why would students remember a story better than homework reading?…
Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves present on the value of social capital and the importance of learning from others’ achievements. Questions What are some things your school can learn from others nearby? What do you do well at your school that you can share with others to help boost their performance? What does your school…
A grandfather uses his new iPad incorrectly.
How do you use technology in the classroom?
Are there things you use technology for that you could just as easily do without technology?
How does or can technology improve your instruction?
Is implementing new technology always innovative?
What is your school’s relationship with technology?
Chris Gabrieli explores ways schools have extended the school day despite financial concerns.
Author: Chris Gabrieli
Sir Ken Robinson discusses the roles of leadership in building creativity, innovation, and leadership in the workplace. Questions Does your school foster an environment that allows you and others blossom? Explain your answer. Is there creative leadership at your school? How does/could creative leadership affect your school? Do you feel comfortable sharing ideas in your…