Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Big Questions, Big Solutions

How do we empower students to handle complexity -- and change the world? This question has always been at the heart of our work. And we continue to develop and refine resources that show us the way. In the craziness of the last week (I did three days of trainings in Australia, then a workshop… Continue reading Big Questions, Big Solutions

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Impact the World: Strategies for Transferring Learning

This post originally appeared on Corwin Connect. WHAT IF WE COULD TRULY DO SCHOOL DIFFERENTLY? Picture a fifth grader who has identified animals as one of her passions. She has chosen to work on the problem of endangered species and make recommendations for improving the situation. Monday morning starts off with a Skype conference call with an… Continue reading Impact the World: Strategies for Transferring Learning

Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding, Stage 5: Students as World Changers

3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

This post first appeared on Corwin Connect. On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, making outer space the next battleground of the Cold War. It also sent a shockwave through the American public that demanded improvements in U.S. schools. With current tensions with North Korea, a renewed civil rights battle, and incomprehensible tragedies like… Continue reading 3 Steps for Teaching Innovation to Tackle Complex Problems

Stage 1: Adult Learning and Leadership

What it means to lead innovation

In a 2008 Harvard Business Review profile, Ed Catmull, the President of Pixar, offered some insight into effectively managing creativity and innovation. As Julie, Juliet and I gear up for the second annual Ed to Save the World Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, his thoughts are a helpful reminder about what it takes to be an… Continue reading What it means to lead innovation

Book Club, Innovation Series, News and Trends

Create or Die

This incredibly bold statement is the title of Andrés Oppenheimer's new book about the hope of Latin America and the 5 keys of innovation. It's actually Crear o Morir because it's written in Spanish. Oppenheimer asks why the United States produced Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and countless other grand innovators, instead of any… Continue reading Create or Die

Stage 5: Students as World Changers

Using Math to Save the World

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

Our Vision

Ed2Save in 15 Words or Less

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

Influential Thinkers

#5 Ken Robinson – Finding the Element

Today is the fifth day on our journey through influential thinkers. Here's a quick recap: Kuhn shows us the general trend that occurs when we move from one paradigm to another. Through study of anomalies we start to see a new tradition of normal, with new rules, methods and goals. What does that mean for education?… Continue reading #5 Ken Robinson – Finding the Element

Stage 2: Active Processing

Think about…synectics

As we focus on active processing this week, consider the power of analogy in the creative thinking process. That is exactly what George Prince and William J. J. Gordon, two pioneers of synectic thinking, did. Although their work centers mainly on structures to facilitate creativity and innovation during group meetings, much of it applies to… Continue reading Think about…synectics

Innovation Series

How I Innovate: Draw

When was the last time you picked up a pencil and sketched out an idea or analyzed a problem visually? We know that drawing engages a different part of the brain -- why don't we do it more often? Tim Brown posted on LinkedIn: To draw an idea accurately, certain decisions must be made that… Continue reading How I Innovate: Draw