Library media specialist, Missy King, and the English department at Discovery Middle School in Madison, Alabama recreate a 1920's-style speakeasy to make the learning as real as possible for these students.
There are few things on the internet that inspire me and fire me up more to keep fighting the “what matters most fight” in the world of public education than Seth Godin’s blog. Yesterday I was attempting to prepare myself to say goodbye to a group of teacher leaders and inspirational human beings that have been on the front lines of innovation in education with me and when I came across Seth’s blog post for the day I realized it might have been written specifically for me, or rather for us, to get through this difficult farewell and bring it all back to why we are doing this in the first place. For the past year and a half I’ve been working with 9 small school teams comprising into 1 large district team of roughly 100 teacher leaders, instructional partners, and media specialists known as the Technology Innovation Experience, or TIE. Last August I came bursting into Enterprise, AL with a dream, a passion, a very loud voice, and the leadership support to create (and hopefully sustain)…
Innovators in education, unite! Madison City Schools has formed a large team of educators from elementary and secondary...and we are collectively called the Forward Team. Here on this blog you will find the thoughts and experiences we hold dear. If it inspires you, perfect. If it makes you a little uncomfortable from time to time, even better! We believe that to move education forward, we're going to have to challenge some long-held, foundational beliefs about the nature of education. Enjoy your time here. I'll start the train with a simple but powerful cycle that we believe is the only way to encourage the #JUMP on a mass scale: Daniel Whitt Coordinator of Instructional Technology Madison City Schools
Alvin Toffler published Future Shock in 1970. I'm convinced we were not ready for this book until much more recently however, as the infamous "accelerative thrust" to which he frequently refers has become hyper-driven by the advent of the internet. Let's begin with an introductory quote from Future Shock's "The New Educational Revolution":
Taking quotes regarding education out of the immense context of Future Shock may very well not have the impact I hope. This, perhaps, may only be remedied by the reader reading the whole book. But I'll risk it and just accelerate toward the punchline:
So who will generate these assumptions...then define, debate, systemize, and continually update them? The most compelling and realistic solution I can currently imagine is outlined in great detail immediately following.
Toffler even mentions Huntsville specifically in the game plan, especially in regard to community partnership in this endeavor. But these councils should…