The Importance of Student Voice

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Leadership, Learning, Student

The following is a guest post by Mark R. Boyer, Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Singapore American School.  I was recently approached by a high school student who asked, “In order for student voices to be heard, should student evaluations of teachers be mandatory and used in the teacher’s performance review? Furthermore, is there a way to make sure that student feedback is … Read More

The Student Quest: Choose 2 Matter

Jason FlomCommunity, Education, Learning, Student

If you ever have a chance to meet Angela Maier, you’ll know who she is immediately.While probably not the tallest person in the room, in a hall of 5,000 she may well be the most energetic. A former teacher turned consultant, author of two books, including “Classroom Habitudes” and now Chief Instigator, Angela has amassed a global, passionate network at … Read More

To Break the Mold, Is Competency Learning the Key?

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

This piece was first published at Mindshift KQED and was written by Katrina Schwartz. It is reposted here with permission of Mindshift.   More schools are starting to question whether traditional age-based classrooms are the best way to go, and to change the dynamic of teaching to the middle, they’re experimenting withcompetency-based learning, a system that moves kids along at different paces once they’ve … Read More

America’s Promissory Note . . . Still Outstanding

Jason FlomEducation, Equity, Leadership, Learning, Student

In a startling article in the New York Times, columnist Charles M. Blow lays out some statistics published in a recent UNICEF report that should equally appall and inspire us. He writes, According to the report, the United States has the second highest share of children living under the relative poverty line, defined as 50 percent of each country’s median … Read More

Year At Mission Hill – Chapter 6: Like a Family

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

The idea of living “like a family” is explored, like other topics within the school, as a community — among faculty, students, parents, and every combination thereof. Faculty see parents as partners, and talk about trust, cooperation, and communication as building blocks of that key relationship. The footage shows interactions between parents, teachers, and students — the kind of interactions … Read More

How to Increase Group IQ

Jason FlomBrain, Community, Leadership, Learning

The following is a guest post by Annie Paul Murphy – book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. This post was originally published on her site, The Brilliant Blog. What makes a group intelligent? That is: what enables a team of people to effectively solve problems … Read More

Stop Deficit-Model Thinking

Jason FlomEducation, Leadership, Learning, Policy, Science of Learning, Teaching

This is a guest post by Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. This post was originally published on Chris’s site, Practical Theory. A few years ago, a vendor for one of the many online tutorial companies was giving a presentation at a principals’ meeting. The vendor was talking about how … Read More

Year at Mission Hill, Chapter 5: The Eye of the Dragon

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

So much of the language that we know to be valuable in education comes alive at Mission Hill. Art. Empowerment. Choice. Voice. Inspiration. Creativity. Student experts. Student teachers. Community. Every year they employ a school wide theme that aims for depth and breadth throughout the school. This year’s, “Long Ago and Far Away,” and the students share a seam of … Read More

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