Teacherpreneurs: Changing Education from the Inside Out

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Academics
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
October 20, 2015
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Teacherpreneurs: Changing Education from the Inside Out
The Synapse
  • What if teachers could lead without leaving the classroom — and in doing so, incubate and execute their own policy and pedagogical ideas? 
  • Teacherpreneurs  are  expert teachers who typically have a reduced teaching load of 50%  to lead bold reforms at the school, district, state and national levels.
  • If student learning is going to be competency-based, personalized, and open-walled, so must the leadership of their teachers. 
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Keywords: teaching, teachers, teacherpreneurs 
How Technology Can Drive Active, Perpetual Learning
  • Learning isn't passive. Technology that can blend the offline and online experiences in ways that feel natural and familiar to students will drive the active exploration of knowledge.
  • Moving collaboration and co-curation of class resources online can enrich classroom discussions and engage students in creation of their own knowledge acquisition. When this community is created and encouraged, learning becomes perpetual.
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Keywords: teaching, learning, technology, edtech, online resources
Is 2016 The Year That Progressive Education Returns?
  • Developed in response to the rigid pedagogy of 19th Century industrial society, Progressive Education eventually lost momentum. As America comes to grips with the 21st Century world, however, the precepts of Progressive Education are once again finding favor. 
  • Why? Mainly because the human skills needed in this century are very different from those in the last. A recent research study identified the skills students will need for future success: critical thinking, creativity, communications, curiosity, initiative, persistence and adaptability. These skills will be as important as language arts, mathematics and science.
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Keywords: teaching, learning, progressive education, skills, soft skills
Harvard EdCast: Inside the Mind of a Teacher
Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Are we all born teachers? Vanessa Rodriguez thinks so. Often the discussion of how we teach is only had in relation to how we learn. So, how is it, then, that teaching can be seen in playgroups and preschools around the world — not just by the teachers, but by the children themselves?
  • In her book, The Teaching Brain, Rodriguez traces the evolutionary and developmental components of the brain, coming to the conclusion that the ability and inclination to teach is not something that arises; it is innate. And not only is it a developmental skill, it is a survival skill.
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Keywords: education, teachers  
Two Alternate Academic Models
Inside Higher Ed
  • Academics weren’t always called professors. It was not until the fifteenth century that English-speakers began to use the term to describe those who taught in certain disciplines, at first divinity and, then, increasingly, the sciences. The honorific title did not enter the language until the 18th century.
  • Might it be better if academics thought of themselves as practitioners rather than as professors? A practitioner is someone actively engaged in a discipline or a profession. Some, in fact do: We increasingly speak about Research Professors, Teaching Professors, and Professors of the Practice.
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Keywords: education, academia, academic models, teachers and professors
Modernizing U.S. Schools of Education
  • Undergraduate and graduate schools of education need to be modernized. Like the entire education system, education schools are based on an anachronistic, industrial model. Education schools need to be reinvented. The present demands repair, the future requires replacement.
  • However, the question is not whether to change quickly or slowly, a lot or a little. The issue is to know the purpose of a college. 
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Keywords: education system, education schools, Arthur Levine
'Higher Education and Employability'
Inside Higher Ed
  • Peter J. Stokes's new book, Higher Education and Employability: New Models for Integrating Study and Work, argues that colleges and universities need to take seriously their role in preparing graduates for a life of work as an essential part of what they do.
  • According to Steve McLaughlin, the survival skill students need most today is the ability to create their own jobs. He calls that Drownproofing 2.0, and that’s part of the Georgia Tech mission -- to prepare students to survive and thrive in the contemporary economy, despite all the pressures new graduates face.
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Keywords: higher education, skills, employment, vocational training 
What Do "Future Ready" Students Look Like?
  • Preparing today's students to be college and career ready is a key challenge. Experts have identified a long list of indicators -- from content mastery to lifelong learning skills -- that are considered critical for students' future success.
  • It turns out that passion, a sense of humor, and knowing how to recover from setbacks are critical readiness factors when it comes to tackling real-world problems. 
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Keywords: global education, innovation, skills, resilience, grit
Higher Ed Disruption in Context
  • Although Second Life, MOOCs, and even badges have publicly been called "disruptions," higher education institutions have integrated these tools into existing business models without the painful changes indicative of a true market disruption. 
  • The technology itself is not the eventual source of disruption. Disruption will come from the culture that surrounds tech entrepreneurship—including a high tolerance for failure.
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Keywords: higher ed, technology, disruption, innovation
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