June 13, 2013

adventuresinlearning:

Last call to donate from David Loitz of Imagining Learning and Adventures in Learning! (by Imagining Learning)

I need your help! We only have less then 5 hours til the end of Imagining Learning’s Crowdfunding campaign. My personal goal is to reach 200 donors. Charles Kouns goal is crossing the 10,000 dollar! I think we can reach both of them. You have all heard our story now for the last 30+ days and you all know my passion for providing learning experiences for young people that can change their life and change their capacity for changing education and the way we live together! Please stand with the young people of the world and donate at least 10 dollars to our campaign! Please be one of the 41 people to donate today! Much Love! http://www.incited.org/projects/imagining-learning-creating-a-national-collective-voice-through-listening

June 8, 2013

adventuresinlearning:

Listening Session at Unboundary.m4v (by Bo Adams)

Five days to provide this experience for more students for more young people. Every 500 dollars raised allows us to travel to one community and give 8-20 young people a chance to have their voice and ideas heard. If you seen the video of the students after the session, you can see their transformation and their own belief in their capacity to positively change education.

Click here to donate $5-25 dollars http://bit.ly/15IE8P6

We are now up to about 45 listening sessions requested by communities and young people around the country, but without additional funds we will only be able to do about 10-15 of them.

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June 7, 2013
adventuresinlearning:

(via Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning | Education on GOOD)

Listen to the recording of the interview with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning. www.imagininglearning.us And please join me in supporting this grass roots movement by donating to their Crowdfunding Campaign that is expiring in less than two weeks at www.IncitEd.org/projects/13

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adventuresinlearning:

(via Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning | Education on GOOD)

Listen to the recording of the interview with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning. www.imagininglearning.us And please join me in supporting this grass roots movement by donating to their Crowdfunding Campaign that is expiring in less than two weeks at www.IncitEd.org/projects/13

May 27, 2013
Articles written by Charles Kouns on Cooperative Catalyst

imagininglearning:

A Thin Line Between Silence and Voice

A few days ago, David Loitz, Imagining Learning’s Seed Steward, posted a rough cut of a new film he is making about the Voices of the young people (and some of the adults) who have been involved in Listening Sessions.  In watching it, in listening to those familiar faces and voices that I met just … Continue reading »

The Care of Your Soul Became Mine

I would like to remove some rocks from your field so that you can plant more wheat. And those hills I see that are part of you, I have some trees in mind for them and flowering grasses, so that you won’t erode when the elements pour. Are we not lovers? Cannot I speak to … Continue reading »

Creating a National Collective Voice of Young People

“School is constantly causing us to forget who we are in the first place. I’m not dropping out, I’m choosing to leave. I’m choosing to not follow their plan. Yes, it works for a lot of people, but most of them are only in school because they’ve all become too oblivious to themselves and too … Continue reading »

Springtime in Education

Near the end of my mother’s 79th year, she fell and broke her hip.  As the surgeon readied for the operation, a physical exam revealed she had lung cancer. My mother would not consent to chemotherapy, but instead to a long series of radiation treatments.  She looked at me and said, “I don’t want my … Continue reading »

May 22, 2013
To Give Students an Education, Give Them a Voice (Guest Post by Daniel Kao)

The role of a teacher is evolving. As industries, technologies, and the needs in the world change, so does our approach to preparing the next generation for their lives ahead of them.

In the past, teachers presented information in an organized and…

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May 20, 2013
Cooperative Catalyst | Changing Education as We Speak

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May 19, 2013
A Thin Line Beyond Silence and Voice

A few days ago, David Loitz, Imagining Learning’s Seed Steward, posted a rough cut of a new film he is making about the Voices of the young people (and some of the adults) who have been involved in Listening Sessions. In watching it, in listening to those…

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May 18, 2013

incitedcrowdfundingeducation:

Each time teens meet in a Listening Session with Imagining Learning they are transformed into facilitators of change, collaborators with hope. Over three hours they create a vision of what education can be…what they need it to be, and the result is literally a work of art. Learn more here.

Imagining Learning has held 20 Listening Sessions already and have been invited to do another 38 across the country. (See the map above.) But they can’t get there without a little help from believers like you, people who know that young people have important wisdom to share.

Let’s break down what’s possible when a few committed people get together to enact change: 

  • Each Listening Session costs about $500. Just 20 people giving $25 each can make that happen. 
  • For the price of a $10 lunch, 50 people can bring the Imagining Learning revolution to a city that’s begging for it. 
  • If you and two of your friends agreed to donate $20 each and then each found three more people to do the same, that would only need to happen 4 more times to raise over $21,000 for Imagining Learning! 

Activate your crowd to accelerate change. Visit Imagining Learning’s IncitED campaign and join the revolution!

May 11, 2013
Cooperative Catalyst | Changing Education as We Speak

May 10, 2013
Positive Spaces for Engaging Young People’s Voice.

Positive Spaces for Engaging Young People’s Voice.

Today a video of student Jeff Bliss, a sophomore at Duncanville High School in Texas, went viral fast. In the video below we are privy to Bliss passionately speaking his truth. He knows that learning is more than packets to fill out, more than passively…

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May 10, 2013
Positive Spaces for Engaging Young People’s Voice.

Today a video of student Jeff Bliss, a sophomore at Duncanville High School in Texas, went viral fast. In the video below we are privy to Bliss passionately speaking his truth. He knows that learning is more than packets to fill out, more than passively…

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May 6, 2013
imagininglearning:


“I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool, which it should be.” -Tupac Shakur at Age 17
Follow Imagining Learning on Facebook and Twitter

imagininglearning:

“I think that we got so caught up in school being a tradition that we stopped using it as a learning tool, which it should be.” -Tupac Shakur at Age 17

Follow Imagining Learning on Facebook and Twitter

(via adventuresinlearning)

April 23, 2013
Introducing IncitED: The Crowdfunding Community for Education

Introducing IncitED: The Crowdfunding Community for Education

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IncitED is the crowdfunding community for education where teachers and education supporters can fund, share, and replicate important education initiatives worldwide. Visit IncitED at…

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April 23, 2013
The Alternatives to Compulsory EducationI’ve been meeting with people over the past two years trying to find ways to connect and expand our…View Post

The Alternatives to Compulsory Education

I’ve been meeting with people over the past two years trying to find ways to connect and expand our…

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April 22, 2013
Students should be at the center of Authentic Assessment

What is Authentic Assessment? What is the purpose of assessment, grades, tests?

It is not enough to just assess what students know or don’t know and mark it in a book or relay it to the parents, twice a year at conferences. I think assessment should be used solely for the the betterment and growth of student as they seek to make meaningful constructions of the knowledge of the world. It should help the child and teachers (parents) look at what and how they know the things they do, to further their learning.

I have never understood why the assessment is often so one-sided. The teacher is merely one voice in the conversation. When the student is not at the center of the assessment, then it is detached and fragmented lacking any power to lead to real authentic growth. Students might preform well, might score well on the state test, or complete all the assignments, but the minute the voice disappears there is no motivation or resources for the child to do their own work.

 There is a deeper level of authentic praise and satisfaction that comes from active learning and excellence work. The natural power that comes from meaningful learning is an intrinsic feeling that is transferable for children for the rest of their life.