Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm off on a sabbatical

To Boldly Go...

I'm off on a semester long (and into the Summer) sabbatical to explore educational innovation and 'student centered thinking' around the globe.


I'll look to chat with visionary leaders at these schools and explore their visions of school climate and culture... the future of what 'school' can be. 

This adventure will take me to 7 countries... France, Germany, Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the United States.

Some of the schools...

Boston Arts Academy, MA
Urban Academy, NY
iSchool, NY
Calhoun School, NY
Science Leadership Academy, PA
Olin College of Engineering, MA
MIT Media Lab, MA
Harvard TIE program, MA
High Tech High, CA
High School for Recording Arts, MN
University of Tennessee, TN
University of Oregon, OR
University of Regina, Canada

Reggio Emilia Institute and community in Italy, two high schools in Vancouver Canada, Universities and high schools in Auckland NZ and Germany, a new school in Vienna Austria... France and Switzerland...

There's a long list of people I hope to chat with as well. More on that later!

The work in the semester sabbatical will certainly run over... perhaps for a lifetime.

What are the best practices out there? How are the folks in these places redefining 'school?' What are these innovative places in education doing now and where are they headed? Refitting our concepts of what education could be... is going to be a fun place explore in this fashion.

I've got a head start... the data from 21 Tech Research classes over seven and a half years where we've looked at how we could refit education based on student needs. I've read boatloads on the subject, and have countless interactions with folks from other conferences and chats to build upon and draw from too.

My thanks to Burr and Burton Academy and to the visionary thinking and support of Barry and Wendy Rowland for making this possible.

I'll be blogging for Edutopia and here on this blog as the trip unfolds. My hope is to stir up many conversations online and in person before, during, and after.

It'll be a wild ride... and I'm looking forward to the journey and all the collaboration.

Step out your door...

Keep moving forward...


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