PRAISE FOR #EdJourney
"A book of hope. Grant Lichtman′s grand education journey shows the innovative spirit is still alive in American schools, private and public, urban and rural, large and small, despite the destructive reforms of standardization and high–stakes testing. A must–read for all who seek directions, strategies, and action plans to have a better education."
Yong Zhao, presidential chair, University of Oregon, author of Who′s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education in the World
"#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education is, just as the title implies, a kind of educational picaresque, where Grant Lichtman, tilting at the windmills of conventional thinking and resistant schools, strikes hard and true along his journey across America to discover schools where teachers are the farmers in an ecosystem where students thrive and grow. Recommended reading for all educators and citizens who think America′s schools must meet the needs of kids and the 21st century, learning that when we do the former, we′ll achieve the latter."
Pat Bassett, past president of the National Association of Independent Schools
While on his solo road trip across the United States, Grant Lichtman, one of the country′s leading experts in educational innovation, discovered that there is much to be positive about in today′s K12 schools. During Lichtman′s travels, he interviewed more than 600 teachers, administrators, students, and parents to find out what kind of innovations they′re doing rightand to discover how others can follow their example.
To help create an environment that will encourage innovation, #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education puts the focus on four key questions: What new learning strategies are the top schools implementing to prepare our students for their future rather than for our past? How do teachers and administrators manage the transition to new types of teaching and learning? What are the key obstacles to shifting away from the assembly line model of education? And, most importantly, how can we all leverage the lessons of success from the most innovative schools?
Filled with compelling examples and based on the findings from the latest education research, #EdJourney maps out how administrators and teachers can embrace the innovation process that schools and learners need right now.
About the Author vii
Part One: Ro adblocks: How Can We Overcome the Biggest Obstacles to School Reform?
1 Time: The Most Common Obstacle to Change in Schools 7
2 People: The Changing Job of an Educator 23
3 Leadership: Building Vision While Keeping the Lights On 43
4 Structure: School Organization and Process in a Time of Change 61
5 More Bumps in the Road: The Next Five Obstacles to Innovation 83
Part Two: Blazing the Trail: What Does Transformative Learning Look Like?
6 Schools Are More Dynamic: Mess, Noise, and Chaos 103
7 Schools Are More Adaptable: Changing with the World 117
8 Schools Are More Permeable: Where We Meet, Not Where We Learn 133
9 Schools Are More Creative: Knowledge Is Not Just for Consumption 147
10 Schools Are Self–Correcting: Empa thy, Mindfulness, and Reflection 165
Part Three: The Road Ahead: How Do We Get There from Here?
11 The Existential Challenge for Schools: Voices from Our Future 183
12 Leaving the Past Behind: The Assembly–Line Model of Education 195
13 A Better Model: The Natural Ecosystem of Learning 209
14 Taking Action: A New Paradigm of School Strategy 227
15 Signposts: The Big Ideas That Mark the Road 247