Pulling It All Together - Creating Classrooms and Schools That
As our standards go up,
as we aim to educate all kids effectively, we need to put together
all of the pieces of learning theory that weve acquired
over this last century into settings where kids are supported
where theyre scaffolded, where theyre challenged,
where theyre motivated, where they have the opportunity
to learn to think about their thinking, and where they become
learners for life.
How can schools organize for powerful learning?
Organizing schools around
students' development and learning – Teachers
will understand that organizing schools for powerful learning
means integrating what we know about children's development
and learning with what we know about organizing curriculum
Providing structural features that
support powerful learning – Teachers will
understand the structural features of schools that support
teaching and learning for understanding.
This episode discusses how schools can
organize for powerful learning through a coherent, connected
approach to teaching and learning that is reinforced
and supported by structural features. This session features
the staff and students at Birmingham Covington School,
a district-wide school for grades three through eight
that is part of the Birmingham (Michigan) Public Schools.
BCS is in its seventh year of operation. It also features
the staff and students of East Palo Alto High School,
a first year charter school run by Aspire Public Schools
in Menlo Park, California. Host Linda Darling-Hammond
provides expert commentary.