The Blending Edge

We were talking about this curve over a cup of coffee when something struck us – technology adoption is not the real challenge, nor is adopting a new solution. Instead we frame this challenge as the ability to adapt to changing needs and conditions in our schools, of our teachers, …

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Part 3: A Catalytic Framework

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (UChicago CCSR) This report by the Chicago Consortium on School Research and funded by the Wallace Foundation, is focused on teaching – but not in the way so much discussion of teaching …

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Part 2: Catalytic Learning

Based on New School Venture Fund Blog by Stacey Childress and co-authors – Dissatisfied Yet Optimistic: Moving Faster Toward New School Models http://www.newschools.org/blog/dissatisfied-yet-optimistic-moving-faster-toward-new-school-models (contains link to PDF copy of paper) A Theory of Change: What it Will Take to Redesign Schooling over the Next Decade Everett Rogers developed an adoption …

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Part 1: Catalytic Flow

We have served many roles in the development of schools. The concept of serving as “Catalytic Agents” in generating “Flow” is a conceptualization of that effort we think fits with our efforts and intent – where our strengths have emerged are in: • Facilitating development of coherent plans, and preparing …

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Catalytic Engagement in Three Parts

When, where and how can we most effectively engage in delivering positive outcomes for students, teachers and school leaders?  We devote much of our time to thinking about the challenges presented by instilling better outcomes, not directly, usually, but it is what emerges when we get reflective about what, when, …

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Complexity in schools in 3D

Many of the connections among the traditions in our schools have obvious links – teachers/resources/instruction, or students/ instruction/teachers/outcomes – while others are more complex.  This complexity of schooling – school leader as advocate for the students, or the range of items that might be considered as resources beyond instructional materials …

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Improving education stats

Linda found this one: Arun Ramanathan of Pivot Learning Partners on statistics in education and statistics in baseball. https://edsource.org/2016/baseball-can-teach-education-a-lesson/566467 image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On-base_plus_slugging “So, why is education so old school?” …and not just the data… • We’re talking about public money so accountability is a must, but do we have to …

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Blending Learning or Blended Learning

The past half a dozen years have brought substantial discussion about blended learning – model maps, resources, strategies, personalized outcomes. I could try trashing “blended learning” by calling it what happens when all those learning resources are poured into the spout of the kitchen blender and the resulting “health food” …

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