Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 31, 2015 - Education - 304 pages
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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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Contents

1 School Should Mirror the World as We Believe It Could Be
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2 We Must End Educational Colonialism
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3 Citizenship Is More Important Than the Workforce
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4 Build Modern Schools
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5 Be One School
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6 Vision Must Live in Practice
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7 We Must Blend Theory and Practice
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8 Everything Matters
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51 Assign Meaningful Projects
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52 School Must Be Real Life
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53 Engage the Entrepreneurial Spirit
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54 Classes Should Be Lenses Not Silos
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55 Create Complexity Not Complications
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56 Find Something Interesting and Ask Questions
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57 Story Matters
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58 Success Is the Best Weapon
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9 Whats Good? Is Better Than Whats New?
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10 Reflection Means Better Not More
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11 Consider the Worst Consequence of Your Best Idea
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12 Disrupt Disruption
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13 Humility Matters
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14 Build Consensus
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15 Teach Kids Before Subjects
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16 What We Should Ask of Teachers
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17 Schools Are Where We Come Together
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18 What We Want for Students We Must Want for Teachers
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19 Embrace Your Best TeacherSelf
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20 We Must Be Our Whole Selves
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21 Technology Should Transform School Not Supplant It
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22 Build Your Own Faculty Lounge
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23 Dont Admire the Problem
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24 Not Yeah but Instead Yes and
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25 Ignore the Seat Back
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26 Find Meaning Every Day
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27 Take What You Do Seriously but Dont Take Yourself Seriou
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28 Dont Fall for Authoritarian Language
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29 Dont Be AuthoritarianHave Authority
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30 Be Silly
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31 Be in the Room
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32 Dont Get EgoInvested
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33 Plant Perennials
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34 Cocreate Community
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35 Say More Talk Less
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36 Be Deliberately AntiRacist
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37 Practice Inclusive Language
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38 Honor Multiple Needs
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39 Listen to Understand
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40 Learning Must Be Nonnegotiable
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41 Ask Why the Kids Are in the Room
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42 Why Do We Need to Know This?
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43 Deconstruct Passion
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44 Inquiring Minds Really Do Want to Know
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45 Ask What They Are Curious About
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46 Understand What ProjectBased Learning
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47 We Need to Change the Way We Teach Math
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48 Instill a Love of Learning
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49 Stop DeficitModel Thinking
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50 Start SurplusModel Thinking
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59 Preschool Is a Great Model
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60 Every Kid Needs a Mentor
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61 Inquiry Is Care
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62 Schools Are Full of People
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63 Care For and About
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64 Assume Positive Intent
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65 Have an Excess of Good Will
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66 No Child Should Be On Silent
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67 Audience Must Be Curated
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68 Make Better Use of the BuiltIn Audience
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69 Parent Conferences Should Be Student Conferences
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70 Communication Is Key
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71 There Are No Sick or Snow Days
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72 Get Rid of the Pencil Lab
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73 Technology Must Be Ubiquitous
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74 Technology Must Be Necessary
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75 Technology Must Be Invisible
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76 Class Blogs Should Be Open Spaces
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77 Make Personalization Authentic
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78 Ask Better Questions
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79 Cocurate Your School
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80 Organize
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81 Teach Thoughtfulness
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82 Teach Wisdom
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83 Teach Passion
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84 Teach Kindness
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85 Make Advisory Work
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86 Teachers Should Be Readers and Learners
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87 Change at School Zone Pace
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88 Create Space for Collaboration
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89 Work Together to Make Us All Better
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90 Get Together
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91 We Must Practice a New Kind of Research
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92 Experts Are Necessary
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93 Success Must Be Defined by All
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94 We Dont Need Martyrs
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95 Teachers Are Lucky
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Notes
275
Works Cited
281
Index
283
EULA
288
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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:www.practicaltheory.org.

ZAC CHASE is a former teacher, an instructional technology coordinator, a consultant, and a writer who blogs at www.autodizactic.com. 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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