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21st Century Schools…Transform or Reform?

 

Following up my last post regarding binary choices decisions made in today’s schools, I had an opportunity to review Newburyport Public School’s recently launched Strategic Plan that is in the beginning stages of implementation, but holds promise for students and the district going forward.  Considering that the current kindergarten class will graduate in 2028, and babies born this past New Year’s Day will graduate post 2034, it is time for schools to shift their thinking from one of fixing or reforming schools to the bigger question of how to best transform them. Newburyport’s Strategic Plan leans in the direction of transformation; was developed by a full range of stakeholders; but more importantly that  diverse group of stakeholders including students, educators, community members, businesses and non profits will continue to guide the process going forward.

As my previous writings have addressed, it isn’t simply about getting the latest and greatest technology in the hands of students and teachers regarding 21st Century Learning. It’s more about understanding how to use technology as a tool to create the flexibility for learning essentially anytime, anyplace and perhaps most importantly, any pace. However…

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Ecotones, Disintermediation, & and Educational Crossroads

An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes. It is where two communities meet and integrate.It may be narrow or wide, and it may be local (the zone between a field and forest) or regional (the transition between forest and grassland ecosystems). An ecotone may appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities across a broad area, or it may manifest itself as a sharp boundary line.

The word ecotone was coined from a combination of eco(logy) plus -tone, from the Greek tonos or tension – in other words, a place where ecologies are in tension.
From Wikipedia     9/29/16

One of my favorite observations while a Teacher in Residence at the University of New Hampshire was…

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