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

Walking the (Learning) Walk, with Podcasts

Jason FlomEducation, Whole Child

The following guest post is by Laura Fenn, former teacher and current Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Walking Classroom.  I miss fifth grade.  Standing on desks, writing on the underside of desks, running around desks—it was fun.  I did these things while teaching fifth grade because sitting behind the desk all day was a real drag, for me and … 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

Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies

Jason FlomEducation, Learning, Whole Child

Seeing the forest despite the trees. Our nation’s educational focus continues to zero in on “achievement” as defined by test scores in specific academic areas and the resulting gaps therein. This hyper focus exacerbates our nearly systematic blind eye related to learning for living and cultivating life long learners. As a result, policies that increase the stakes of standardized assessments … Read More

10 Steps to Equity in Education

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

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which works to “promote the policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world,” published a Policy Briefing titled, “Ten Steps to Equity in Education.” The briefing (which you can read in its entirety here) lays out some of the basic policies necessary for achieving equity in … Read More

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