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Building School 2.0

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Ninety-five propositions for creating more relevant, more caring schools

There is a growing desire to reexamine education and learning. Educators use the phrase "school 2.0" to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need is a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces can—and should—change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by these technologies.

Well known for their work in creating Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a technology-rich, collaborative, learner-centric school in Philadelphia, founding principal Chris Lehmann and former SLA teacher Zac Chase are uniquely qualified to write about changing how we educate. The best strategies, they contend, enable networked learning that allows research, creativity, communication, and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society. Their model includes discussions of the following key concepts:

  • Technology must be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible
  • Classrooms must be learner-centric and use backwards design principles
  • Good technology can be better than new technology
  • Teachers must serve as mentors and bring real-world experiences to students

Each section of Building School 2.0 presents a thesis designed to help educators and administrators to examine specific practices in their schools, and to then take their conclusions from theory to practice. Collectively, the theses represent a new vision of school, built off of the best of what has come before us, but with an eye toward a future we cannot fully imagine.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright
  3. Dedication
  4. About the Authors
  5. About Science Leadership Academy
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Foreword
  8. 1 School Should Mirror the World as We Believe It Could Be
  9. 2 We Must End Educational Colonialism
  10. 3 Citizenship Is More Important Than the Workforce
  11. 4 Build Modern Schools
  12. 5 Be One School
  13. 6 Vision Must Live in Practice
  14. 7 We Must Blend Theory and Practice
  15. 8 Everything Matters
  16. 9 “What's Good?” Is Better Than “What's New?”
  17. 10 Reflection Means Better, Not More
  18. 11 Consider the Worst Consequence of Your Best Idea
  19. 12 Disrupt Disruption
  20. 13 Humility Matters
  21. 14 Build Consensus
  22. 15 Teach Kids Before Subjects
  23. 16 What We Should Ask of Teachers
  24. 17 Schools Are Where We Come Together
  25. 18 What We Want for Students, We Must Want for Teachers
  26. 19 Embrace Your Best Teacher-Self
  27. 20 We Must Be Our Whole Selves
  28. 21 Technology Should Transform School, Not Supplant It
  29. 22 Build Your Own Faculty Lounge
  30. 23 Don't Admire the Problem
  31. 24 Not “Yeah, but—”; Instead, “Yes, <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:epub="http://www.idpf.org/2007/ops" xmlns:m="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" xmlns:svg="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:ibooks="http://vocabulary.itunes.apple.com/rdf/ibooks/vocabulary-extensions-1.0">and</i>&#8230;&#8221;…”
  32. 25 Ignore the Seat Back
  33. 26 Find Meaning Every Day
  34. 27 Take What You Do Seriously, but Don't Take Yourself Seriously
  35. 28 Don't Fall for Authoritarian Language
  36. 29 Don't Be Authoritarian—Have Authority
  37. 30 Be Silly
  38. 31 Be in the Room
  39. 32 Don't Get Ego-Invested
  40. 33 Plant Perennials
  41. 34 Cocreate Community
  42. 35 Say More, Talk Less
  43. 36 Be Deliberately Anti-Racist
  44. 37 Practice Inclusive Language
  45. 38 Honor Multiple Needs
  46. 39 Listen to Understand
  47. 40 Learning Must Be Nonnegotiable
  48. 41 Ask Why the Kids Are in the Room
  49. 42 Why Do We Need to Know This?
  50. 43 Deconstruct Passion
  51. 44 Inquiring Minds Really Do Want to Know
  52. 45 Ask What They Are Curious About
  53. 46 Understand What Project-Based Learning Really Means
  54. 47 We Need to Change the Way We Teach Math
  55. 48 Instill a Love of Learning
  56. 49 Stop Deficit-Model Thinking
  57. 50 Start Surplus-Model Thinking
  58. 51 Assign Meaningful Projects
  59. 52 School Must Be Real Life
  60. 53 Engage the Entrepreneurial Spirit
  61. 54 Classes Should Be Lenses, Not Silos
  62. 55 Create Complexity, Not Complications
  63. 56 Find Something Interesting and Ask Questions
  64. 57 Story Matters
  65. 58 Success Is the Best Weapon
  66. 59 Preschool Is a Great Model
  67. 60 Every Kid Needs a Mentor
  68. 61 Inquiry Is Care
  69. 62 Schools Are Full of People
  70. 63 Care For and About
  71. 64 Assume Positive Intent
  72. 65 Have an Excess of Good Will
  73. 66 No Child Should Be On Silent
  74. 67 Audience Must Be Curated
  75. 68 Make Better Use of the Built-In Audience
  76. 69 Parent Conferences Should Be Student Conferences
  77. 70 Communication Is Key
  78. 71 There Are No Sick or Snow Days
  79. 72 Get Rid of the Pencil Lab
  80. 73 Technology Must Be Ubiquitous
  81. 74 Technology Must Be Necessary
  82. 75 Technology Must Be Invisible
  83. 76 Class Blogs Should Be Open Spaces
  84. 77 Make Personalization Authentic
  85. 78 Ask Better Questions
  86. 79 Cocurate Your School
  87. 80 Organize
  88. 81 Teach Thoughtfulness
  89. 82 Teach Wisdom
  90. 83 Teach Passion
  91. 84 Teach Kindness
  92. 85 Make Advisory Work
  93. 86 Teachers Should Be Readers and Learners
  94. 87 Change at School Zone Pace
  95. 88 Create Space for Collaboration
  96. 89 Work Together to Make Us All Better
  97. 90 Get Together
  98. 91 We Must Practice a New Kind of Research
  99. 92 Experts Are Necessary
  100. 93 Success Must Be Defined by All
  101. 94 We Don't Need Martyrs
  102. 95 Teachers Are Lucky
  103. Notes
  104. Works Cited
  105. Index
  106. End User License Agreement