TRANSFORM LEARNING BY BRINGING STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER TO SHARE POWERFUL TOOLS AND SUPPORT ECOSYSTEMS
"Why are we seeing a steady increase in schools working in networks? Why are they likely to become more important in the future? The primary reason, as cited, is that they work pretty well especially in difficult circumstances. Better than average performance is likely a function of a coherent design where everything works together for students and teachers. In many cases, commitment to common practices, tools, and training also produces more consistently good teaching." From the Introduction
Working together on platforms in networks has changed the world of commerce, and it′s beginning to transform teaching and learning. Better Together explores two powerful ideas that can catalyze innovation in public education: powerful project–based and personalized learning and taking it to scale by joining school networks. Filled with illustrative examples drawn from the New Tech Network schools and other effective school networks, this important book clearly offers evidence that school networks can transform education and address education inequity.
Tom Vander Ark and Lydia Dobyns provide a guide to the school network revolution. They describe a vision of powerful learning for all students and show why design thinking is emerging as a powerful new framework for innovating education. The text clearly illustrates the empowered environment of co–creation that teachers should expect from being part of a network.
Better Together is both an inspirational and practical resource that contains specific strategies that can be implemented to build an effective school network. The book includes information on leadership, business models, governance, school supports, and advocacy that will go a long way for creating an environment where a school network can thrive.
About the Authors
Part One: Platform Revolution
1. Platforms: A Place You Call Home
2. Network Effect: When Bigger Is Better
3. Learning Platforms: When Will They Transform Education?
Part Two: Transforming Schools
4. Powerful Learning: Personalized and Project–based
5. Design Thinking: The New Frame for School
6. Connected Teaching: Technology Enables Co–creation
7. Learning Organizations: Building Collective Capacity
8. Dynamic Networks: Picking the Right Structure for Scaled Impact
Part Three: Navigating the Future . . . Starting Now
9. Leadership: From Compliance to Agreement Crafting
10. Impact Engines: Picking the Right Business Model
11. Governance: Use Networks to Boost Quality Options
12. Powerful Learning at Scale: Inspiration and Intermediation
13. Advocacy: A Nation Proud of Its Public Schools
Appendix: Networks, Schools, and Tools Mentioned