A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit the Danube International School where they are doing great work. In particular I appreciated how they are thinking about the impact of school environment on learning. This video gives a sense of what they are up to.
As part of the Klingenstein Heads Programme I had the privilege to visit the Harlem Children’s Zone today. This is one of the most impressive schools that I have visited and they really are developing the whole child by providing quality education, health services, food and an extensive service programme. As one of my colleagues shared this is probably the nearest that we have seen to what John Dewey envisioned when he described desirable schools. The children we met were confident, respectful, cared for and have ambition. Congratulations to everyone involved. The video clip is one of the students introducing President Obama.
One of the pre-readings for the programme this week is ‘Creating Confidence’ by Tom Kelley and David Kelley. This short video is a good introduction to some of these ideas. At a time where standardised assessments (largely focussed upon testing narrowness in reading, writing and mathematics) I wonder how we can create a school culture where students and teachers show growth in creative confidence?
Economist Jeffrey Sachs is a plenary speaker here at the Future of Learning institute tomorrow. He will be speaking in the context of globalization. In this presentation at the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2013 he explains the some of the challenges being faced by the world, now and in the future. From an educational perspective, I wonder how global challenges of sustainability might shape the future of learning? #HGSEPZFOL