The most popular Ted Talk of all time is one of Ken Robinson's where he argues that schools kill creativity. His popular books, The Element and Finding Your Element also talk about how traditional schooling often gets in the way of students finding their passions. According to Robinson, your element is the point where your… Continue reading Can we realistically help kids cultivate their passions?
This weekend we're hosting the first in a series of webinars for our community of fellows. We know that passion is a key component of innovating to save the world, and we're obsessed with figuring out how schools can help kids cultivate their passions more effectively. Although we don't have it figured out yet, here are… Continue reading Cultivating Passion – 2 Key Distinctions
Here at Ed to Save the World, we push for a Post-Industrial Era framework to transform teaching and learning. But it's not just about teaching and learning. It's a whole new way of being, thinking and doing. What does that mean? Being Goals: Creative Passionate Generous Thinking Goals: Interdisciplinary Critical Conceptual Doing Goal: Make the… Continue reading Being, Thinking and Doing in the Post-Industrial Era
For many of us, the transformation of our schools cannot happen fast enough. We look out a world where we can find out what caused the War of 1812 or why adding salt to water makes it boil hotter with a 10-second Google search, where we can teach ourselves to knit or program computers via YouTube,… Continue reading Selling the problem (not just the solution)
We are so excited to have met the great people who run the Institute for Humane Education. Founder Zoe Weil reached out to us and said, "Hey, we should connect." We read their vision and found it incredibly similar to ours, almost down to the word! We spoke with Zoe as well as Executive Director Sarah… Continue reading Check this out: Institute for Humane Education
This past Wednesday was Earth Day, and people around the globe celebrated the occasion by raising awareness of major issues affecting our planet - climate change, air and water pollution, natural resource management. At my husband's school (he teaches math), kids spent the majority of the day performing direct service in the name of the planet. They… Continue reading Think about: Earth Day everyday!
Many of us are in the throes of testing season, and with many schools implementing the new CCSS aligned tests for the first time, it is bound to be a month of fret and anxiety. I remember administrators at my previous school declaring "no field trips in April" because preparing for the big state test… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: But we have to focus on “the test”…
Good morning, it's Julie here. Last Friday Krista wrote this: If we want to meet the demands of the 21st century, we need schools that cultivate collaborative innovators with an entrepreneurial spirit who will serve as ambitious, engaged global citizens and make our world more just, healthy, and sustainable. As my niece would say, "Boom!" Love that. I… Continue reading Worth repeating…
Although we seldom talk about them on the blog, our husbands are big supporters and contributors to Ed to Save the World. All three of them have backgrounds in education and their advice, expertise, and humor are invaluable to our operation. This week, we're proud to feature Craig Ferraro's "Statistical Servants," which refers to the big… Continue reading Using Math to Save the World
Okay, okay, maybe not exactly 15 words or less. But today I'm challenging myself to convey the mission, vision, spirit, and uniqueness of Ed to Save the World in the context of other movements in education using as few words as possible. Today, take a moment to think about how you might convey your own… Continue reading Ed2Save in 15 Words or Less