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  • Redesigning Education: Design for Deeper Learning

    What counts and what matters in learning?  Contrary to centuries of practice, it is not really the grades. Since April of 2017 I have been reading about and, now, practicing gradeless-ness in my high school 9th and 10th grade English classes.  Sure, I know that such a practice is not new, at least not in…

  • Redesigning Education: Iterating Towards Mastery

    I recently listened to a podcast with Scott Looney, Headmaster of the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio, and also the founder of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.  Mr. Looney discusses not only the project-based work he has introduced at Hawken, but focuses a good deal of his time on the history and philosophy around the Mastery…

  • Why Design: Reading and Writing the World

    (Fifth post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represents a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) I was/am an English major. The confusion in verb tense stems from a shift in how I act within the world. For years I buried my head in books. Fictional worlds…

  • October’s Design Round Table @ Mercy CTE

      This month’s League of Extraordinary Educators Design Round Table was hosted at Mercy Career and Technical High School in Philadelphia. We chatted with two students who shared their experience with the IMPACT Philly program, which was developed by teachers Lori Aument and Mary Ruskey. The IMPACT Philly program has students design projects that drive…

  • Why Design: “They Listen and They Hear”

    (Fourth post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) A few weeks ago I wrote that I would be delving into the ways I see design as a method that honors the traditions and goals of liberal education as outlined…

  • Redesigning Education: What’s That Type of Learning Look Like?

    (All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here. This is a cross posting of a blog written for the website “Only Connect.)” I used to chafe at Sir Ken Robinson’s call to start an education revolution.  I used to think redesigning education could…