Schoolhouse vs Jailhouse Infographic

Jason FlomCommunity, Policy

The schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline continues to plague our society. The causes for the criminalization of our youth are many, complex, and solvable. Whether we are transforming norms in our schools or implementing larger social justice policies, we must engage students in ways that build their strengths, confidence, and overall well-being. A good place to start is by dialoguing about … Read More

The Changing Face of the Teaching Force (Infographic)

Jason FlomLeadership, Learning, Teaching

Pop quiz: Q: What is the current mode for years of experience in the teaching profession in the US?  A: One. In other words, ask all teachers how many years they have been teaching and “one” is answered more often than any other number. The reasons we have come to this are complex (see the below infographic from the work … Read More

Chris Emdin on Hip-hop, Obama Effect & Urban Science Education

Jason FlomCommunity, Learning

Below is a short video of Chris Emdin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. In it he lays out some of the intersections of urban education, hip hop and the potential impact of President Obama on the black youth of today. These are important considerations to wrestle with as we look … Read More

Before I die I want to . . .

Jason FlomCommunity, Learning

Creating discussions and constructive conversations that lead to transformational learning necessitates we generate experiences that reframe our perspective on our world. Sometimes this can happen in surprising and spontaneous ways that build community. Candy Chang created just such an event in her neighborhood in New Orleans when she painted an abandoned house with chalkboard paint and then stenciled “Before I … Read More

Gaming and Learning . . . Go Hand in Hand?

Jason FlomLearning, Student, Teaching

Emerging research is continuing to unpack some of the pros and cons of “gaming” on students, learning and behavior. For example, a recent study by Iowa State University professors, Dr. Craig Anderson and Dr. Douglas Gentile, found that prosocial games (defined as ones “in which characters help others in nonviolent ways”) can “increase helpful and decrease hurtful behavior.”  While another … Read More

Doodling In Math Class — Creative Thinking, Mathem-art-ically Speaking

Jason FlomUncategorized

A fantastic video by Vi Hart, in which she masterfully dissects the difference between teaching math and teaching thinking, all the while erasing the imaginary line between math and art. We would do well to embrace her creative and imaginative approach to thinking about and enjoying math. Visit her blog or her YouTube channel for more great videos.     Thanks … Read More

The Power of Outrospection

Jason FlomLeadership, Learning, Policy

Roman Krznaric’s website describes him as “a cultural thinker and writer.” He speaks on a range of topics including “empathy, the history of love, the future of work, and the art of living.” His 15-minute talk outlining elements of his book, “How to Find Fulfilling Work,” offers this bit of Aristotle wisdom: Where the needs of the world and your talents … Read More

Education: A “Putting People First” Endeavor

Jason FlomLearning, Student, Teaching, Whole Child

What makes an educator an educator? Or, more importantly, where does “effective teaching” begin? Is it with standards, content, and resources? Or with relationships, connections, and shared experiences? Or perhaps some combination thereof? The New York times recently featured a short award winning documentary about Jeffery Wright, a physics teacher in Louisville, KY. The video is moving, not just because … Read More

Unpacking the Basics of Equity in Education

Jason FlomLearning, Teaching, Whole Child

Achieving equitable classrooms, schools, and communities is vitally important, yet much easier said than done. While educators and education leaders may sometimes feel powerless to affect change on a large scale, they do have control over their local environments — classrooms, schools, and districts. It is here where equity work can, and should, begin. Below is a video of Rachel … Read More

A Landscape of Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

Jason FlomLearning

Our varied perspectives on gun control, safety, and equity will be thrown into stark contrast as we process the recent tragic events in Newtown. Our discourses, dialogues and debates will not be simple or easy, but they will be essential and necessary to not only heal from this tragedy, but to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. In a recent … Read More