Another inspiring video. It was so fun to work on this project. See the whole series here.
Here’s our idea: There is beautiful wisdom in the hearts of our children and we need to listen, now more than ever. We’re calling the series of interviews “Kinder”…hoping their call for a kinder world will inspire you to be just that.
#kinder #kindness Joe Brandmeier Joan Steffend Brandmeier Loveworks Academy for Visual and Performing Arts
Kinder. A hopeful idea. from Moving Pictures, Inc. on Vimeo.
Once again, Marc Prensky gives us a peek into a future so astonishing in its simplicity that it’s difficult to understand why we aren’t closer to it yet. While our national education systems are focused on chasing test scores, our youth are taking their brilliance out of the classroom to connect, create, and solve problems in their world. That agency and ownership is magic in the learning process, and our current systems are not designed to utilize it. Youth that have digital access and understand how to harness opportunities are propelled into new trajectories, and that contributes to the deep divide we see in education.
While no one has captured Prensky’s “Globally Empowered Kids” concept in a fully operational system, we all know of effective components. It’s time to embrace what is in front of us to support all of our youth in the process to “better their world”.
Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st-century Kids
Our ability to think and work creatively is heavily influenced by our workplace….the size of the container. District size doesn’t matter. What matters is group norms and culture. We can’t always control that in our work environments, but we can expand our container by connecting with expansive thinkers.
Intentionally choosing expansive thinkers as thought partners has been the defining element in my professional life. One way I’ve expanded my container is through work with a global team of educators. We only know what we know, and if we limit ourselves to our own district, we are often just reaffirming what we already think. Our global team was asked to keynote at the recent Global Education Conference.
How big is your container? Mine is as big as the world.
My Interview on BAM!radio for Every Classroom Matters with Vicki Davis, the CoolCatTeacher.
Dr. Ed Gragert, Craig Perrier and I will be talking about the Lesson For All at the online Global Education Conference on November 18th. Please join us to learn more. You can listen to the short interview on the link below.
Global Competence: Changing How Students Think About and Value Education.
What do you get when you mix 108 amazing Chicago organizations, 4,204 engaging learning opportunities, passionate leaders, higher education institutions, generous funding organizations, and 400,000 youth of Chicago? The Chicago City of Learning! (CCOL) An explosive convergence of possibility all focused on supporting youth in developing self-directed, interest-driven learning and achievement… that connects that learning to college and career….complete with a rigorous badging system.
Want to be part of something bigger?
You can feel the electricity in the room during the planning meetings with the vast array of stakeholders involved in bringing CCOL to the youth of Chicago as a network of support that provides 24/7 access to quality learning. This is personalized learning that covers the entire city…every neighborhood, every street, every learner. And the city is rising up to support the entire effort.
Check it out. If you don’t live near Chicago, maybe your city could use the template to create something in your area.
‘To have empowered students, we need empowered teachers. To have empowered teachers, we need empowered systems.’
October is Connected Educators Month. Are you ready?