Narrowing the Digital Divide Between High and Low Income Students

Jason FlomEducation, Equity, Learning, Policy

In a recent post at KQED/Mindshift, Tina Barseghian reports on the work of Michael Mills, a professor of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas, who advocates for closing the digital divide between high and low income students.  He argues that increasing access to digital devices can play a role in empowering low income students by opening pathways … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 4 Love and Limits

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Featured, Leadership, Learning

Working and playing — essential components of learning and keystones for establishing both the love and limits that create a safe space for each student. The question of how to best set appropriate boundaries within a loving context became all the more important because Mission Hill is a full inclusion school, meaning students with exceptionalities are not pulled out and … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 3 Making It Real

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Featured, Learning, Teaching, Whole Child

This chapter opens with the question, “What makes a mind come alive?” It is an apropos question that is all to often left out of discussions about education and education reform. At Mission Hill it is central to the development of educational experiences for students. Check out this chapter that explores the idea of creating opportunities for students to create, … Read More

5 Steps to Overhaul Teaching

Jason FlomEducation, Equity, Learning, Policy, Student, Teaching, Whole Child

Once again, Columbia University professor, Christopher Emdin, puts forth a rapid fire and common sense proposal for rethinking urban — and really ANY — education to ensure it is student focused, relevant, and purposefully engaging. The basis of this video: Reality pedagogy which is, “Teaching based on the reality of the student’s experience.” 5 C’s of Reality Pedagogy: The Cypher … Read More

Breeding Civilty With Civility

Jason FlomEducation, Learning, Whole Child

A recent “Grey Matter” piece in the New York Times Sunday Review entitled “This Story Stinks” takes a look at the impact comments have on people’s perception of content (in this case, nanotechnology). The goal of the study being reported on was to better understand how civil and  uncivil comments on blogs, digital newspapers, or other Internet hosted domains shape … Read More

“To This Day” Project (Amazing Video)

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student, Whole Child

Shane Koyczan — spoken word poet, writer, and performer — was the first Canadian to win the National Poetry Slam in 2000. That success portended the recent virality of “To This Day,” an emotional and passionate exploration of bullying, victimhood, and the ongoing struggle to heal wounds so as to not be defined by them. One of the many beautiful … Read More

Variability Matters

Jason FlomBrain, Education, Learning, Science of Learning, Whole Child

We design for variability we can see. But what about the variability we can’t? By default, we tend to design learning environments for efficiency and the average student, but in doing so do we limit the potential inherent in the unseen variability of students’ brains? Are we, by default, failing to capitalize on one our nation’s most underutilized assets: diversity? Todd … Read More

A Year at Mission Hill Chapter 1

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Equity, Leadership, Learning, Student, Whole Child

Below is the first chapter of a remarkable video series: A Year at Mission Hill. The premise, as described on the project’s site, is simple: Ten videos. One year. A public school trying to help children learn and grow. The national conversation we need to be having. What goes into creating a powerful learning environment for children and adults? Meet … Read More

The Power of Belief – Mindset and Success

Jason FlomEducation, Learning, Student, Whole Child

Here is a great talk by Eduardo Briceno, described on the TEDxManhattanBeach website as “The CEO of Mindset Works, an organization he co-founded with Carol Dweck, Ph.D., Lisa Blackwell, Ph.D., and others to equip people with the core beliefs and learning strategies needed for success.” Below is his talk from that event, which is both inspiring and informative. Transforming students’ … Read More