Have you wondered what life would be like if you were a cartoonist? What about a software engineer in the Silicon Valley? Feed your curiosity with our Day in the Life videos. You’ll see inspiring people from all walks of life describe how they landed where they are and what it’s like to be there.
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What a remarkable facility for teaching and learning! It replicates the major functions and services that a hospital performs and creates a space where the entire care process can be analyzed, role-played and tested. For example, there’s an admissions office, an operating room, a labor and delivery room with sophisticated mannequins that can simulate routine and emergency scenarios. In fact, my friend and colleague, David Stern, had the chance to temporarily convert his PhD into an MD and successfully delivered a baby!
As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re inspired by poet Robert Frost. When Robert Frost said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener,” he was describing a philosophy of teaching that refutes simply filling students with facts. During Frost’s nearly 50 years of teaching, he was able to influence his students because his approach focused on developing their ability to think critically and generate their own ideas. Robert strove to be the type of teacher that "gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies."
Teachers help students to open their own minds and see the possibilities ahead. For example, Keith Knight had never thought of pursuing his passion for doodling as a career until a teacher told him, "You should be totally doing a syndicated cartoon.” That teacher shone a light on a path that Keith did not know existed. As a result, Keith dashed forward, becoming a nationally syndicated cartoonist. In the Day in the Life video here, Keith describes his pathway.
During teacher appreciation week, please join us in celebrating educators worldwide. They inspire students on a daily basis, thereby awakening our students to future possibilities.
Meet Wyna Liu, a young mixed media sculptor and fabricator I met at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. She combines mathematics, digital fabrication techniques and “fussy hand finishing” to produce sculptures inspired by Platonic solids, Penrose tiling, two-dimensional geometry and three-dimensional space.
As many of you know, February has been declared CTE (Career and Technical Education) month by the Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE). As we move from February into March, with many of us planning to attend the Educating for Careers conference in Sacramento, I want to acknowledge and celebrate the essential role that CTE plays in realizing the vision of high quality Linked Learning.
We are pleased to be a part of the upcoming Educating for Careers Conference, held from March 1 – 3 in Sacramento. Team ConnectEd will be presenting or co-presenting in a total of 14 sessions, listed below. We will also be in room 205 as a co-host for the Linked Learning Technical Assistance Room. To register for Educating for Careers, click here.
Last week, PBS NewsHour featured Linked Learning and Life Academy, a high school in East Oakland, which serves low-income and minority students. Six years ago, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) partnered with ConnectEd to bring Linked Learning to district high schools. By incorporating the Linked Learning approach, which integrates rigorous academics, health-science career-centered classes and work-based learning experiences, Life Academy is helping more students to succeed. Life Academy has the second highest rate in Oakland of graduates to go on to college.
During the year, a semester, and throughout the school day, school and district teachers and administrators may wonder if they’re taking the right steps to realizing the Linked Learning vision. ConnectEd has designed and created a tool that helps all educators review their progress and navigate toward achieving high quality Linked Learning pathways.
We are pleased to be a co-host of the upcoming Linked Learning Convention, held from January 12 – 14 in Los Angeles and organized by the Linked Learning Alliance. ConnectEd team members will be presenting a total of 15 sessions, listed below. We will also serve as a host during the UnConference Café on both Monday and Tuesday afternoons. To register, click http://bit.ly/LLA_Con_2015
How does Linked Learning enhance the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math? I recently addressed that question in an article for the December issue of Educational Leadership. Too often, STEM is isolated from the rest of the curriculum, which is a loss for students. So it’s heartening to see how schools are using Linked Learning to connect STEM to English, social studies, and even world languages.