Building School 2.0

Building School 2.0 : How to Create the Schools We Need

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Ninety-five propositions for creating more relevant, more caring schools There is a growing desire to reexamine education and learning. Educators use the phrase "school 2.0" to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need is a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces can and should change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by these technologies. Well known for their work in creating Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a technology-rich, collaborative, learner-centric school in Philadelphia, founding principal Chris Lehmann and former SLA teacher Zac Chase are uniquely qualified to write about changing how we educate. The best strategies, they contend, enable networked learning that allows research, creativity, communication, and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society.
Their model includes discussions of the following key concepts: * Technology must be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible * Classrooms must be learner-centric and use backwards design principles * Good technology can be better than new technology * Teachers must serve as mentors and bring real-world experiences to students Each section of Building School 2.0 presents a thesis designed to help educators and administrators to examine specific practices in their schools, and to then take their conclusions from theory to practice. Collectively, the theses represent a new vision of school, built off of the best of what has come before us, but with an eye toward a future we cannot fully imagine.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 174 x 237 x 27mm | 544g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1118076826
  • 9781118076828
  • 328,351

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The catchphrase "School 2.0" is often used by educators in order to help them think about what schools will look like in the future. Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need moves beyond a simple examination of using technology for classroom instruction, and instead offers a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces should change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by the use of technology.

Praise for Building School 2.0

"As founding fathers of Science Leadership Academy, Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase have issued a new Declaration of Learning from Philadelphia. Building School 2.0 calls for teachers and students to rise up from the tyranny of old schooling and create humane places for authentic learning and community involvement. At stake is more than just meeting state standards but the future of our democracy." --Milton Chen, education innovator and author of Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our School

"Lehmann and Chase bring the ruckus in this ode to effective school reflection. If you ever wonder what questions you should ask yourself as an aspiring administrator, a founder of a school, or a veteran educator in need of a spark, this book is for you to read. Have this next to your lamplight and reflect." --Jose Vilson, teacher and author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education

"How do we create schools that support inquiry and equity, that listen to teachers, to students, and to the community? How do we create schools that offer modern learning, infused with technology but not driven by programmed instruction? Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase have written a book that prompts educators to ask these questions for themselves and to examine their own pedagogical and administrative practices.... Building School 2.0 is an incredibly thought-provoking prompt for discussion and action about how we can - how we must - rethink school." --Audrey Watters, education writer, founder of Hack Education, and author of The Monsters of Education Technology

"This is a wise book, a loving book, a caring book. It stands as a testament to the spirit of the authors, and a representation of the soul of education as we would most like it to be." --Sam Chaltain, author of Our School and co-producer of the PBS documentary 180 Days: Hartsville
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Table of contents

About the Authors viii About Science Leadership Academy xi Acknowledgments xii Foreword xiv 1 School Should Mirror the World asWe Believe It Could Be 1 2 We Must End Educational Colonialism 3 3 Citizenship Is More Important Than the Workforce 6 4 Build Modern Schools 9 5 Be One School 11 6 Vision Must Live in Practice 13 7 We Must Blend Theory and Practice 16 8 Everything Matters 19 9 What s Good? Is Better Than What s New? 22 10 Reflection Means Better, Not More 24 11 Consider the Worst Consequence of Your Best Idea 27 12 Disrupt Disruption 30 13 Humility Matters 33 14 Build Consensus 36 15 Teach Kids Before Subjects 40 16 WhatWe Should Ask of Teachers 42 17 Schools Are Where We Come Together 45 18 WhatWe Want for Students, We Must Want for Teachers 48 19 Embrace Your Best Teacher-Self 52 20 We Must Be Our Whole Selves 54 21 Technology Should Transform School, Not Supplant It 57 22 Build Your Own Faculty Lounge 60 23 Don t Admire the Problem 65 24 Not Yeah, but; Instead, Yes, and ... 68 25 Ignore the Seat Back 71 26 Find Meaning Every Day 74 27 Take What You Do Seriously, but Don t Take Yourself Seriously 76 28 Don t Fall for Authoritarian Language 79 29 Don t Be Authoritarian Have Authority 81 30 Be Silly 84 31 Be in the Room 88 32 Don t Get Ego-Invested 91 33 Plant Perennials 94 34 Cocreate Community 98 35 Say More, Talk Less 101 36 Be Deliberately Anti-Racist 103 37 Practice Inclusive Language 106 38 Honor Multiple Needs 109 39 Listen to Understand 113 40 Learning Must Be Nonnegotiable 116 41 Ask Why the Kids Are in the Room 118 42 Why DoWe Need to Know This? 120 43 Deconstruct Passion 122 44 Inquiring Minds Really DoWant to Know 125 45 Ask What They Are Curious About 128 46 Understand What Project-Based Learning Really Means 131 47 We Need to Change theWay We Teach Math 133 48 Instill a Love of Learning 136 49 Stop Deficit-Model Thinking 139 50 Start Surplus-Model Thinking 142 51 Assign Meaningful Projects 145 52 School Must Be Real Life 148 53 Engage the Entrepreneurial Spirit 152 54 Classes Should Be Lenses, Not Silos 154 55 Create Complexity, Not Complications 157 56 Find Something Interesting and Ask Questions 159 57 Story Matters 162 58 Success Is the Best Weapon 165 59 Preschool Is a Great Model 168 60 Every Kid Needs a Mentor 171 61 Inquiry Is Care 174 62 Schools Are Full of People 175 63 Care For and About 178 64 Assume Positive Intent 182 65 Have an Excess of Good Will 185 66 No Child Should Be On Silent 187 67 Audience Must Be Curated 190 68 Make Better Use of the Built-In Audience 194 69 Parent Conferences Should Be Student Conferences 197 70 Communication Is Key 200 71 There Are No Sick or Snow Days 204 72 Get Rid of the Pencil Lab 208 73 Technology Must Be Ubiquitous 210 74 Technology Must Be Necessary 212 75 Technology Must Be Invisible 215 76 Class Blogs Should Be Open Spaces 218 77 Make Personalization Authentic 221 78 Ask Better Questions 224 79 Cocurate Your School 226 80 Organize 228 81 Teach Thoughtfulness 230 82 TeachWisdom 233 83 Teach Passion 235 84 Teach Kindness 239 85 Make Advisory Work 242 86 Teachers Should Be Readers and Learners 245 87 Change at School Zone Pace 247 88 Create Space for Collaboration 250 89 Work Together to Make Us All Better 252 90 Get Together 256 91 We Must Practice a New Kind of Research 259 92 Experts Are Necessary 262 93 Success Must Be Defined by All 265 94 We Don t Need Martyrs 268 95 Teachers Are Lucky 272 Notes 275 Works Cited 281 Index 283
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About Chris Lehmann

CHRIS LEHMANN is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Chris was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education in 2013 and in 2014 was awarded the prestigious "Rising Star" McGraw Prize in Education. Chris is also the author of the education blog Practical Theory: ZAC CHASE is a former teacher, an instructional technology coordinator, a consultant, and a writer who blogs at An original Freedom Writer Teacher, he has contributed to several books including the bestselling Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Freedom Writers Diary Teacher's Guide.
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