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  • No Right Brain Left Behind

    Headed by Jake Thierjung, PlusUs is set to participate in No Right Brain Left Behind, a speed innovation challenge calling on the creative industries to concept ideas that can help the creativity crisis happening in U.S. schools today. Teams from creative industries will have 5 days to concept ideas. On the last day of the…

  • Diana Laufenberg Talks About Learning From Mistakes

    Diana Laufenberg is an 11th grade teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. SLA, one of Philadelphia’s newer high schools, was developed in partnership with the Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st-century learning. SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students…

  • Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From

    I was particularly interested in this talk as it relates to educational environments. How can we create educational spaces that encourage greater levels of collaboration and idea sharing? There are some interesting ideas on how to make this happen in a text called The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for the 21st Century.

  • Learning as a Novice

    In a recent read of Daniel T. Willingham’s “Why Don’t Students Like School?”, I came across a particularly interesting statement. He says: Cognition early in training is fundamentally different from cognition late in training. Willingham talks about a specific protest against school curricula- “some reformers express frustration that curricula seem so far removed from the…

  • Art Can Be, and Often is, a Struggle

    For many, an art period and an art instructor are a luxury. I currently teach after-school art to students at a school who would otherwise have neither. The problem with an after school program, is that it is technically not a part of the school day. If it is not an official part of the…

  • let’s redu

    An amazing animation created by HunterGatherer for REDU, a movement designed to expand and encourage the national conversation around education reform.