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#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education

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Your formula for managing innovation and transforming learning

#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education is a refreshing change from the negativity so common in the world of education today. Over the course of a 3-month solo road trip across the United States, author Grant Lichtman discovered that there is much to be positive about in today's K-12 schools. Lichtman, one of the country's leading experts in educational innovation, interviewed over 600 teachers, administrators, students, parents, and trustees to find out what kind of innovations they're doing right—and how others can leverage their successes.

Innovation in education takes hard work, planning, and cooperation. With examples from around the country and findings from the latest education research, #EdJourney maps out how administrators and teachers can embrace the innovation process that schools and learners need now. Today's 21st century education presents unique challenges and opportunities to students, and this is a trailblazing practical guide to making sure education is ready for the future. #EdJourney focuses on four key questions:

  • What new learning strategies are the top schools implementing to prepare our students for their future rather than for our past?

  • How do teachers and administrators manage transitions to new types of teaching and learning?

  • What are the key obstacles to shifting away from the assembly line model of education?

  • How can we all leverage the lessons of success from the most innovative schools?

  • The concrete examples and advice in this book will help you bring innovation and educational design concepts into your school. #EdJourney goes beyond the theoretical need for change—by now a familiar topic to almost everyone—and takes a real-world approach to achieving transformative education in any school.

    Table of Contents

    1. About the Author
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. Introduction
    4. Part One: Roadblocks
      1. Chapter 1: Time
        1. Our Most Precious Resource
        2. Why Is Time Chopped Up?
        3. Reimagining the School Calendar
        4. Making Time an Elective
        5. Molding Time to Purpose
        6. Time for Adult Collaboration
        7. Bringing the Outside In
      2. Chapter 2: People
        1. Risk, Fear, and a Growth Mindset
        2. Constant Growth
        3. Teacher as Lead Learner
        4. Desire to Learn
        5. Finding and Hiring Innovators
        6. Building an Innovative Teaching Team
        7. New Paths of Professional Development
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      3. Chapter 3: Leadership
        1. Courage to Change
        2. The Nature of Leadership in Schools
        3. Aligning Resources with Vision
        4. Making Change Sustainable
        5. Breaking the Aversion to Risk
        6. Communication
      4. Chapter 4: Structure
        1. What Is Organizational Innovation?
        2. Linking Resources to Vision
        3. Empowering Distributed Authority
        4. Acting Small
        5. Networks and Teams
        6. Overcoming Organizational Fear of Risk
        7. Speeding the Rate of Change
        8. What Do Innovative School Structures Look Like?
      5. Chapter 5: More Bumps in the Road
        1. The Students Are Changing
        2. Inertia
        3. Inward Focus
        4. Communicating the Value Proposition
        5. Working the Problem Ourselves
    5. Part Two: Blazing the Trail
      1. Chapter 6: Schools Are More Dynamic
        1. Listen to the Students
        2. Why Do We Go to School?
        3. Students Own the Learning
        4. Blending Content and Skills
        5. Reaching Every Student, Every Day
      2. Chapter 7: Schools Are More Adaptable
        1. Adapting to a Changing World
        2. Improvising Learning
        3. Changing Perspectives
        4. Breaking Silos of Subject Matter
        5. Starting with Interests, Not Standards
        6. Hacking School
      3. Chapter 8: Schools Are More Permeable
        1. Where We Learn
        2. The Classroom Across the Street
        3. The Virtual Classroom
        4. The Regional Classroom
        5. The World Classroom
        6. Making New Friends
      4. Chapter 9: Schools Are More Creative
        1. Creativity
        2. Creational Thinking
        3. Synergy
        4. Design Thinking
        5. Building from Ideas
        6. Creating Content and Textbooks
      5. Chapter 10: Schools Are Self-Correcting
        1. The Busy Day
        2. Empathy
        3. Mindfulness
        4. Stopping
        5. Finding Time
    6. Part Three: The Road Ahead
      1. Chapter 11: The Existential Challenge for Schools
        1. Shoshana Zuboff: Mutation and Disrupted Capitalism
        2. Marina Gorbis: Rise of a Socialstructed World
        3. Adrian Bejan: Knowledge Flow and the Constructal Law
        4. Gary Hamel: Balancing Our Innovation Portfolio
      2. Chapter 12: Leaving the Past Behind
        1. The Assembly Line
        2. Understanding the Problem
        3. Efficiency
        4. Simplicity
        5. Manage and Control
        6. Measurement
        7. Scalability
        8. Repeatability
        9. Upgradable
      3. Chapter 13: A Better Model
        1. Natural Ecosystems
        2. Evolution
        3. Diversity
        4. Interconnectedness
        5. Resilience
        6. Permeability
        7. Free Flow of Energy and Resources
        8. Building Structures
        9. Is Your School an Ecosystem?
        10. Exemplars
        11. A Fundamental Change
      4. Chapter 14: Taking Action
        1. New Paths to Strategy
        2. Operationalizing Innovation
        3. Creating Value
        4. Setting Innovation Horizons
        5. Zero-Based Strategic Thinking
      5. Chapter 15: Signposts
        1. Wisdom
        2. Pedagogy
        3. Leadership
        4. Aligning Systems
        5. Finding and Developing People
        6. Anchors, Dams, and Silos
        7. Not So Hard
        8. Frequency and Amplitude
        9. Magnitude
        10. Rhythm
        11. Student Ownership
        12. Bell Curve
        13. In the Coming Year . . .
    7. References
    8. Index
    9. End User License Agreement