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20 Minutes With: Bridge International Academies’ Shannon May
Feb. 25, 2019 | Barron's | By Mitch Moxley.

Bridge International Academies, a private company May co-founded that transforms failing government schools into high performing ones. The results have been astounding. May, an Arizona native in her early 40s, oversees the education of more than a quarter of a million children every school day in six countries. On average, these schools charge just US$7 per month per child, and some graduates have gone to elite secondary schools in the U.S.

Bridge is backed by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, among others, and has raised over US$140 million.

What was the original goal when you launched Bridge?

The original goal, seriously, was to serve a million kids in more than 1,000 schools…. It’s a lot harder than we thought, but 10 years on, now we’re working with close to 300,000 kids every day in six different countries.
billgates  China  education  high-achieving  PhDs  teachers  teaching  scaling  schools  transformational 
february 2019 by jerryking
To Sir, with cynicism
Sep. 04 2000 | - The Globe and Mail | KATHLEEN GALLAGHER.

Where have all the idealistic young teachers gone?

We're coming perilously close to losing them. ...... I sense a different mood. Last September, when I faced my OISE class, I began the year with a simple question: "When you shared your decision to become a teacher with the people in your life who love you, what did they say?" The answers were ambivalent at best.

With teacher-shortage terror sweeping the country, teacher candidates .......very concerned, about what their lives will look like and how they will cope with low morale in the schools. They are concerned, too, by suggestions about their inability to teach to acceptable national standards......At a time of teacher-bashing and formidable moves to bring back more rigid standards, Hollywood asks us to put our hope in hero-teachers, teachers who take on the authorities, parents, and other "bad" (jaded, tired, cynical) teachers, in order to transform the lives of unhappy, unlucky children.

I worry about the superhuman qualities that these movies tell us make "good teachers." Unlike Meryl Streep, my student teachers will not have a swelling soundtrack underscoring their actions when they find themselves facing program cutbacks and the cynicism of colleagues. Everyone loses when teaching becomes an act of individual heroism. We make schools unhappier places when we tell new teachers they're on their own, rather than encouraging them to join with experienced teachers who have developed strategies, over time, to contend with the manifold contradictory expectations placed on them.....What critics of public schools seem not to know (and what good teachers have always known) is that people generally play the roles we assign them. If we worsen conditions in classrooms -- too many students, fewer support staff -- and add affronts to teachers' professionalism, we will inevitably lead teachers to develop lower expectations of themselves. The result will be the corrosion of a truly noble profession.
Colleges_&_Universities  contradictions  cynicism  demoralization  expectations  high_schools  idealism  letters_to_the_editor  OISE  public_education  public_schools  teaching  teachers  unhappiness 
february 2015 by jerryking
Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher - WSJ
By DANA GOLDSTEIN
Updated Sept. 4, 2014

Great teachers:

• Have active intellectual lives outside their classrooms.

• Believe intelligence is achievable, not inborn.

• Are data-driven.

• Ask great questions.
education  howto  teaching  teachers  questions  best_of 
september 2014 by jerryking
What Shanghai can teach us about teaching math - The Globe and Mail
NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

SHANGHAI — The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 04 2014
Shanghai  China  mathematics  teaching 
april 2014 by jerryking
Why you need to build your legacy now
Dec. 24 2013 | The Globe and Mail | JESSICA LEIGH JOHNSTON

“Are you on this planet to do something, or are you here for something to do?" --after some thinking, they understand that the answer is to do something. Then we say, “If you’re here to do something, what is it?”
the legacy you leave is the life you lead: it’s what you are doing right now that determines how you will be remembered. Thinking of ‘life’ as an acronym is a helpful guideline for thinking about legacy:

· What are the Lessons that you want people to say you taught them?

· What are the Ideals you hope people will say that you stood for?

· What are the Feelings you hope people will say they had when you were around them?

· What are the tangible Expressions of your leadership? Not just your accomplishments, but the things you might have contributed. Maybe you worked every Saturday for 25 years for Habitat for Humanity, or you were active in the community as a volunteer for sports. What are some of those tangible achievements?

We find this framework useful for people to reflect on legacy, and to come back to it periodically and ask themselves, “Is there anything more I want to add, and am I living my life in harmony with these guidelines?”

"What is the best way to learn something?” And I thought I had the learned the answer to that question, and said confidently: “The best way to learn something is to experience it yourself.” Fred turned to me and he said, “No, Jim, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.”
legacies  leadership  JCK  life_skills  teaching  serving_others  values  affirmations  mybestlife 
december 2013 by jerryking
Harbor as Classroom - WSJ.com
Sept. 4, 2003 | WSJ | By Paul M. Barrett Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal
Updated
high_schools  New_York_City  teaching  maritime 
december 2013 by jerryking
Need a Job? Invent It
March 30, 2013 | NYTimes.com | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, describes his job today, he says he’s “a translator between two hostile tribes” — the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. Wagner’s argument in his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” is that our K-12 and college tracks are not consistently “adding the value and teaching the skills that matter most in the marketplace.” ... I asked Wagner, what do young people need to know today?

“Every young person will continue to need basic knowledge, of course,” he said. “But they will need [transferable, hard & soft] skills and motivation even more. Of these three education goals, motivation is the most critical. Young people who are intrinsically motivated — curious, persistent, and willing to take risks — will learn new knowledge and skills continuously. They will be able to find new opportunities or create their own — a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear.”...Reimagining schools for the 21st-century must be our highest priority. We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.” ...We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.”

What does that mean for teachers and principals?

“Teachers,” he said, “need to coach students to performance excellence, and principals must be instructional leaders who create the culture of collaboration required to innovate. But what gets tested is what gets taught, and so we need ‘Accountability 2.0.’ All students should have digital portfolios to show evidence of mastery of skills like critical thinking and communication, which they build up right through K-12 and postsecondary. Selective use of high-quality tests, like the College and Work Readiness Assessment, is important.
Tom_Friedman  books  students  education  life_skills  innovation  teaching  teachers  high_schools  K-12  motivations  play  purpose  transferable_skills  mindsets  intrinsically_motivated  passions  high-quality  tribes  young_people 
march 2013 by jerryking
Teaching Turnaround Management and Bankruptcy
Fall/Winter 1995 | Social Science Research Network | by Harlan D. Platt.

Students both need and want to learn how to restore distressed and dying companies. Business schools have a responsibility to both their students and to society to teach these skills. One factor holding back faculty who might have considered teaching a course on this topic is the lack of a textbook and any ancillary support material. This article discusses how several faculty members have successfully overcome this limitation. A short review of the techniques of turnaround management is also provided based on discussions with several practicing turnaround managers.
turnarounds  bankruptcies  teaching  business_schools  curriculum 
august 2012 by jerryking
Stanford Dean Saloner on Teaching Innovation - WSJ.com
May 16, 2012 | WSJ |By PUI-WING TAM

Stanford Dean on Teaching the Skill Set of Innovation
By PUI-WING TAM
Stanford  innovation  Colleges_&_Universities  Pui-Wing_Tam  deanships  teaching 
may 2012 by jerryking
How Schools Can Teach Innovation - WSJ.com
April 13, 2012 | WSJ | By TONY WAGNER.
Educating the Next Steve Jobs
How can schools teach students to be more innovative? Offer hands-on classes and don't penalize failure
education  students  innovation  failure  teaching  teachers  Steve_Jobs  high_schools 
april 2012 by jerryking
Black on Black HOPE
September 15, 2005 | The Caribbean Camera | Lennox Farell
Toronto  urban  African_Canadians  murders  violence  masculinity  teaching  churches  Afro-Caribbeans 
march 2012 by jerryking
Wendy Kopp: The Trouble With Humiliating Teachers - WSJ.com
March 7, 2012 | WSJ | By WENDY KOPP.

Making rankings public undermines the trust educators need to build collaborative teams.
teachers  teaching  Teach_for_America  Wendy_Kopp  rankings  high_schools  humiliation  undermining_of_trust 
march 2012 by jerryking
A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1 « Steve Blank
A New Way to Teach Entrepreneurship – The Lean LaunchPad at Stanford: Class 1
Posted on March 8, 2011 by steveblank
Junior_Achievement  entrepreneurship  teaching  business_planning  lean 
december 2011 by jerryking
Teach the 4 Ps
October 2009 (volume 1, issue 1)

A Newsletter to Support Users of Basic Marketing and
Essentials of Marketing Prepared by Joe Cannon and Bill Perreault
marketing  Junior_Achievement  newsletters  teaching  tips  howto 
november 2011 by jerryking
How GE Teaches Teams to Lead Change
January 009 | HBR | by Steven Prokesch.

Idea in Brief

Management development programs that focus on teaching and inspiring individuals to apply new approaches have a fundamental flaw: If other members of an individual’s team have not taken the course, they may resist efforts to change.

The antidote to this problem is training intact management teams.

When managers go through a program together, they emerge with a consensus view of the opportunities and problems and how best to attack them. The result: faster and more effective change.
HBR  GE  teaching  teams  change  change_management  shared_consciousness  shared_experiences  Jeffrey_Immelt  training  leadership_development  innovation  growth 
november 2011 by jerryking
Steven Brill: Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools - WSJ.com
AUGUST 13, 2011 | WSJ |By STEVEN BRILL

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools
Extraordinary educators are rare and often burn out. To save our
schools, says Steven Brill, we have to demand more from ordinary
teachers and their unions....Reforming America's troubled education
system requires a new commitment to training teachers and holding them
accountable for their performance, says Steven Brill, author of "Class
Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools." But how do you push
them to perform without burning them out? And what role should the
unions play in this process? Brill discusses with Weekend Review Editor
Gary Rosen.
teaching  teachers  unions  charter_schools  Steven_Brill  accountability  books 
august 2011 by jerryking
How Smartphones and Handheld Computers Are Bringing on an Educational Revolution
April 1, 2010 | Fast Company | By: Anya Kamenetz

The U.S. Department of Education has earmarked $5 billion in competitive
school-reform grants to scale up pilot programs and evaluate best
practices of all kinds. Major foundations are specifically zeroing in on
handhelds for preschool and the primary grades. "Young kids and
multisensor-touch computing are a huge area of innovation," says Phoenix
Wang, the head of a startup philanthropic venture fund called Startl --
funded by the Gates, MacArthur, and Hewlett foundations -- that's
entirely focused on educational investing. For Pat Condon
education  mobile_phones  mobile_applications  pilot_programs  smartphones  revolution  teaching  learning  Anya_Kamenetz 
july 2011 by jerryking
The Montessori Mafia - Ideas Market - WSJ
April 5, 2011 | WSJ | By Peter Sims (the author of Little
Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries). We can
change the way we’ve been trained to think. That begins in small,
achievable ways, with increased experimentation and inquisitiveness.
Those who work with Mr. Bezos, for example, find his ability to ask “why
not?” or “what if?” as much as “why?” to be one of his most
advantageous qualities. Questions are the new answers.
education  creativity  creative_thinking  learning  parenting  experimentation  innovation  schools  teaching  Jeff_Bezos  Amazon  google  books  Montessori  questions  thinking  breakthroughs  inquisitiveness  curiosity 
april 2011 by jerryking
An absence of critical thinking
Aug. 21, 2010|G & M |by Allan Levine. Teaching history is
only partly about instructing students about dates, names and the
significant events of the past. Of more importance is teaching them how
to think critically – to analyze, critique, synthesize and evaluate the
evidence objectively before arriving at any conclusions. This may be the
most useful skill they acquire during their high-school years,
preparing them to become thoughtful adults and discriminating citizens.
“Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which
attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded
way,” explains Linda Elder, president of the Foundation for Critical
Thinking. “People who think critically consistently attempt to live
rationally, reasonably and empathically. They work diligently to develop
the intellectual virtues of intellectual integrity, intellectual
humility, intellectual civility, intellectual empathy, intellectual
sense of justice and confidence in reason.”
critical_thinking  history  teaching  high_schools 
august 2010 by jerryking
What They're Doing After Harvard: The Weekend Interview with Wendy Kopp - WSJ.com
JULY 10, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY.
Teach for America now attracts 12% of all Ivy League seniors. The
program's founder explains why it beats working on Wall Street.
NaomiSchaeferRiley  Teach_for_America  Ivy_League  teaching  teachers  education  reform  Wall_Street 
july 2010 by jerryking
The Grade Game
May 13 2010 | The Atlantic | Mickey Edwards. The form of
government by which we in America determine our laws is that of a
participatory democracy, "participatory" being the operative word. It is
essential for our continued well-being -- our security and our
prosperity -- that our citizens be capable of serious thought. The
ability to engage in critical thinking is far more important than the
memorization of dates or the ability to remember which theorist goes
with which theory.
grade_inflation  teaching  Colleges_&_Universities  critical_thinking  engaged_citizenry  participatory 
may 2010 by jerryking
Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence
How To Write a Compelling Nomination Letter.
1. Don't just say your nominee is outstanding – prove it! Use
examples and stories to illustrate how your nominee meets the award
criteria.
2. Focus on the big picture. The selection panel is looking for
nominees who meet all of the award criteria. Tell them how your
candidate excels in many ways.
3. Give different perspectives. Don't tell the same story three
times! The nominator letter and the two supporter letters should provide
examples from a range of views and perspectives. They cannot be written
by family members of the nominee(s). For example, a principal might
write a letter about outstanding academic performance. Then a student
might talk about the impact the nominee had on his life. While a parent
could profile how the nominee links the school with the community.
teaching  nominations  recommendations  coverletters  the_big_picture 
march 2010 by jerryking
The Digitalization of the World - Adam Smith, Esq.
11 January, 2010 | Adam Smith, Esq. | post by Bruce MacEwen.
"Education, as a role for us, should I hope be obvious. We educate our
clients, " and "We don't just rent this knowledge out to our clients, we
should impart it so it becomes their own.
Financial/medical advisers are people to whom we entrust (one hopes) our
every secret, hope, and fear. We should serve the same function. ... We
should be able to provide them with various roadmap's, decision trees,
alternative ways of pursuing their objectives, with lesser and greater
ratios of return and reward. Hands-on personal care? Yes, because there
is no substitute for being there. The more amazing technology and
collaboration-at-a-distance becomes (what the Web, ultimately, is all
about), the more important face to face personal meetings are. The more
people you know "virtually," the more you want to meet them in person."
Bruce_MacEwen  JCK  client_management  inequality_of_information  trustworthiness  knowledge_intensive  management_consulting  indispensable  professional_education  digital_life  teaching  decision_trees  ratios  roadmaps  risk-assessment  strategic_thinking  risks  face2face  personal_meetings  personal_touch  generating_strategic_options  client_development  expertise  digitalization 
january 2010 by jerryking
Changing Mind-Sets About School, and Hygiene
January 11, 2010 | New York Times | By JENNIFER 8. LEE.
"Decoding the job title: It means that I do a lot of content and design
of school leadership stuff to develop the principals, the assistant
principals and the aspiring principals across the city. The office is
relatively new, in general. It was only created in 2007.

Before that? Achievement First Bushwick Middle School — I was the dean
of the students. I was basically the person in charge of culture,
discipline, student investment, student incentives, parent groups. The
whole theme of the school, as at all Achievement First schools, is to
strive to go to college. The fifth grade wasn’t known as the fifth
grade, it was known as the class of 2019, because that would be the year
that they would go to college."
leadership_development  teaching  education  role_models  schools  charter_schools  mindsets  policymaking 
january 2010 by jerryking
The head of the class
Nov 15, 2002. |The Globe and Mail pg. C|Susan Newhook.
JCK  teaching 
november 2009 by jerryking
FT.com / Companies / US & Canada - The digital revolution transforms learning
October 26 2006 03:00 | Financial Times pg. 16|By Andrew
Edgecliffe-Johnson, Media Editor. Digital tools that can quickly assess
individual students' weak spots, offer tailored exercises to improve
them and produce a mass of data for teachers and school boards are
rapidly gaining market share.
tools  education  digital_media  school_districts  teaching  data_driven  competingonanalytics  digital_revolution 
march 2009 by jerryking

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