A PROVEN PROCESS FOR REINVENTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH INNOVATIVE PRACTICES
"Though this book will cover many topics, the primary lesson design we′ve created is one that we hope will continue to push us and our readers to become much better at seeing children. Once we are able to see clearly what is happening with children in our schools and outside of our schools, we will then be on the path to learn how to take rapid, yet deeply considered actions to change the educational system we have inherited." From the Introduction
Schools of the 20th century with their assembly line approach to education were designed to fail students. The current need is apparent. Schools of the 21st century must be designed so that all succeed. Written by Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Ira Socol, Superintendent Pam Moran, and Lab Schools Principal Chad Ratliff, Timeless Learning outlines a winning process that is designed to develop, support, and reinforce students′ ability, and honor their voices and their potential to influence their own communities.
This award–winning author team shows how it is possible to reinvent public schools through implementation of dozens of innovative and proven practices. The processes go a long way to disrupt the outmoded traditions of today′s educational system. The authors further reveal the power of project–based and student–designed learning, maker learning, connected and interactive digital learning, and much more.
The processes and practices presented can help teachers and administrators take the big ideas from the best of those who have studied education across the millennia and put big ideas into practice in their own districts.
"A must–read book by three of America′s leading public school educators. Socol, Moran, and Ratliff paint a picture of what learning must and can look like in the 21st century, and how to transform outdated schools into places of powerful student–centered engagement and learning. An inspiring, rich narrative from the front lines of K–12 education. Bottom line: if they can do it, so can you!"
Grant Lichtman, Author of #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of eLearning and Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education
"To prepare students for a bold new world we need to fundamentally rethink learning. The authors not only provide a compelling case for needed changes to the function of schools, but they all have played an integral part in implementing transformative practices at the classroom, building, and district level. If you are interested in how to put theory into practice then this book is for you."
Eric Sheninger, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader and Thomas C. Murray Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools
"The single most important challenge our country faces is how to transform existing schools to prepare children for their futures. This remarkable team has done exactly that, advancing learning outcomes for kids in every school in a district that reflects the full spectrum of socio–economic circumstances. Read this book and treasure it for the insights and pragmatic advice it provides!"
Ted Dintersmith, Executive Producer of Most Likely to Succeed
Introduction: How We Came to See Learning and School
Foreword by Yong Zhao
Chapter 1: All Means All: Cherishing Children
Chapter 2: A Little History: Why We Are Here
Chapter 3: Change: Liberating Learners and Learning
Chapter 4: The Education World Learners Want
Chapter 5: Envision All Things Future
Chapter 6: Learning Ready for Today s Real World
Chapter 7: Break Down Walls: Opening Spaces for Learning
Chapter 8: Timeless
Chapter 9: Where Design Begins
Chapter 10: Zero–Based Design: Engineering Biodiversity of Learning
Afterword: The Next Generation