Sir Ken Robinson: You, Your Child and School

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” – Sir Ken Robinson

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Parenting is a lifetime assignment. It can be hard work at times and the hours are dreadful, but it’s also one of the most rewarding and gratifying experiences on Earth. Being the custodian of a child’s education is the most important role a parent has outside of providing creature comforts. Making the right choices regarding school and education is daunting and is sometimes filled with misgivings and second-guessing. In New York Times bestselling author Sir Ken Robinson’s new book, YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL, co-authored with Lou Aronica, Robinson guides parents with prescriptive and sometimes controversial advice on how to help their children get the education they need to live happy, productive lives.

Parents everywhere are deeply concerned about the education of their children, especially now, when education has become a minefield of politics and controversy. Ken Robinson, one of the world’s most influential educators whose TED Talk How Schools Kill Creativity has had over 47 million views and remains the most viewed TED talk of all time, has had countless conversations with parents about the dilemmas they face with regard to finding the best school, teacher and curriculum for their child.

All parents want their children to succeed. As a parent, what should you look for in your children’s education? How can you tell if their school is right for them and what can you do if it isn’t? Will they rise above the new social hurdles or trip over them? In YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL, Robinson offers clear principles and practical advice on how to support your child through the K-12 education system, or outside of it if you choose to homeschool or un-school.

Here’s a link to a Publishers Weekly feature that included Ken.

Dispelling many myths and tackling critical schooling options and controversies, YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL is a key book for parents to learn about the kind of education their children really need and what they can do to make sure they get it. Here is a link to Ken Robinson’s Talking Points and here’s a link to some Interesting Facts and Figures.

YOU, YOUR CHILD, AND SCHOOL will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of schools and education.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Colson Whitehead Speaks Feb. 12 at U of I

colson-whitehead-1200x675Colson Whitehead, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for his novel “The Underground Railroad,” will give the keynote address Monday, Feb. 12, as part of the University of Idaho’s Black History Month observance.

Whitehead’s talk, “Revisiting the Underground Railroad,” will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center, 709 Deakin Ave., Moscow. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Whitehead will illuminate themes of his remarkable book for our students, faculty and community members,” said Kenton Bird, a faculty member in the U of I School of Journalism and Mass Media who is helping to organize the author’s visit. The talk is supported by the Idaho Humanities Council and several university offices and academic departments.

“The Underground Railroad” chronicles the adventures of Cora, a teenage slave, as she seeks freedom in the South in the years before the Civil War. Historically, the Underground Railroad was a network of safehouses used to help slaves escape to freedom in the northern states and Canada. In Whitehead’s novel, engineers and conductors operate a secret system of underground tracks and tunnels for this purpose.

A panel of U of I faculty members will put the book into context during a discussion on “The Underground Railroad in Law, History, Literature and American Society,” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the College of Law courtroom, 711 S. Rayburn St. The panel consists of Kristin Haltinner, assistant professor of sociology and director of U of I’s minor in Africana studies; Dale Graden, professor of history; Jan Johnson, clinical assistant professor of English, and Aman McLeod, assistant professor of political science and affiliate faculty in the College of Law.

In addition to “The Underground Railroad,” Whitehead is the author of “The Noble Hustle,” “Zone One,” “Sag Harbor,” “The Intuitionist,” “Apex Hides the Hurt” and “John Henry Days,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A resident of New York City, Whitehead has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and been a writer-in-residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond and the University of Wyoming.

Whitehead’s lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Runstad Lecture Series, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Journalism and Mass Media, the departments of English, History and Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, and the Latah County Human Rights Task Force. His lecture is made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional events during Black History Month at U of I are listed athttps://www.uidaho.edu/diversity/dhr/oma/events/black-history.

Young People’s Pavilion: Drones, robots and slime … oh my!

Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on January 23, 2018

Things got pretty wild at the Statehouse on Tuesday when kids took over the Rotunda with flying drones, robots and Play-Doh.

Students from elementary to high school showed off their technology and engineering skills to lawmakers in celebration of STEM Matters! — a campaign to raise awareness about science, technology, engineering and math in Idaho.

The Idaho STEM Action Center hosted more than 300 Treasure Valley students who showcased their classroom STEM projects and tools. Students showed off their critical and creative thinking skills they are using at school.

“This is inspiring and makes you dream bigger when you’re outside the classroom,” said Joseph Murphy, a junior at Centennial High School.

Joseph Murphy, a junior at Centennial High School, explains circuits to elementary kids using potatoes and a laptop.

The STEM Matters! event is part of Education Week at the Statehouse as lawmakers begin to piece together the budgets that will drive public schools and higher education campuses in the year ahead.

The 2015 Legislature created the STEM Action Center to build a workforce to match the employment opportunities in STEM. The center’s strategy is to strengthen Idaho’s STEM career pipeline with education and professional development for teachers. The STEM Matters! event features how taxpayer money is spent in the classroom.

“We know that it is critically important to show outcomes and impacts to ensure that taxpayer and industry funds are spent wisely,” said Angela Hemingway, the executive director of the STEM Action Center. “We use data to make informed spending, program and policy decisions.”

Hemingway asked legislators to fund the Idaho STEM Action Center at $4.7 million during her budget presentation to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Jan. 17.

According to the Department of Labor, Idaho’s unfilled STEM jobs doubled in 2017 to nearly 7,000, which represents approximately $450 million in lost personal wages and $24 million in lost state tax receipts. The Idaho Department of Labor predicts as many as 36,000 STEM jobs could be unfilled by 2024 if the trend continues and would represent more than $120 million in lost state tax revenue annually.

The STEM Action Center is housed under Gov. Butch Otter’s office.

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RobotsRecommended Reading: Guinness World Records: Remarkable Robots (I Can Read Level 2)

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

From a robot babysitter to the largest walking and fire-breathing robot, this book is filled with record-breaking androids of all shapes, sizes, and occupations! Simple text and full-color photos will make learning about this exciting topic fun for beginning readers.

Guinness World Records: Remarkable Robots is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

Read more children’s book choices at youngpeoplespavilion.com

What Is Personalized Performance Learning®?

Connections LogoThe Approach that Allows Every Student to Flourish

At Connections Academy, education is personalized to each student’s individual abilities. This personal touch is what sets this program apart from the rest. When students receive the one-on-one individualized attention they deserve, there’s no telling how far they’ll go. The Personalized Performance Learning approach gives every student the best chance to flourish.

Adapting to Students’ Changing Needs

Personalizing a student’s learning program isn’t a one-time process; it’s ongoing. StudentsLearning Coaches/parents, and teachers check in throughout the year to review progress, modify the student’s program, and adjust goals as needed. Here’s a little more about how we go about personalizing a student’s education plan:

  • Reviewing Student Background and Learning Styles: Teachers, Learning Coaches, and students discuss student strengths, skills, and previous school performance to help inform and guide the best teaching and personalized online learning approach.
  • Testing Performance: Students are tested in math, reading, and English/language arts at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year. A student’s test results help us identify areas of strength and weakness, measure progress, and establish learning goals. The assessment used may vary by school due to state or board requirements.
  • Finding the Right Courses and Placement: Testing and assessments are used to identify and evaluate a student’s strengths, weaknesses, and talents. We uncover skills that may need improvement and look for ways to enhance the student’s learning potential. All of this information is then used to help select courses based on the student’s individual needs.
  • Setting Goals: Teachers and Learning Coaches work together to set goals for the student and determine a time line for accomplishing these individualized learning goals during the school year.
  • Communicating Regularly: When school starts, Learning Coaches and teachers establish a regular communication schedule for the personalized learning plan, depending on the needs of the student.
  • Scheduling Modifications and Electives (K–8): Throughout the year, teachers personalize the learning schedule. They inquire about the student’s daily routines and make adjustments to the student’s online learning schedule as needed. They also may decide to add an elective course.

SOURCE: https://www.connectionsacademy.com/online-school/students/personalized-learning

Support Boise High: Silent, premier, dessert & live auction with AuctionFrogs Mobile Bidding technology

“At this GBoise Highala event we will be hosting a silent, premier, dessert, and live auction using Auction Frogs Mobile Bidding technology,” says CEO Kristi Sutton Saucerman.

“Along with our many auctions, we will also be hosting a Paddle Up opportunity in which attendees can donate funds directly to the school. This year we are raising funds for a new school gymnasium sound system and Chromebooks for the classroom.”

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Can’t make the event Saturday night? No problem! Bid from your phones Saturday night against people in the room for those silent auction items!

TOMORROW ONLY FRIDAY March 10th, we will offer a limited number of “Away Game Supporter” tickets for $25 each, the company says. This will enter you as an attendee to the event, which will trigger the mobile bidding ability. So, you can bid from that soccer tournament, from the backyard of your in-laws (you didn’t know you were going to visit), or from the road while in the midst of a college search.

Take a peek at this video to see how easy (and fun) this will be.
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Beginning March 12th, we will have an online auction through March 21st for hundreds of additional items to bid on!

Pre-order your copy of Tension today

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We have launched our Kickstarter campaign so that you can pre-order your copy of Tension today by clicking on this link.  You will also see other purchase options for various editions of the book as well as webinars, workshops and speeches. So check out the Kickstarter site and pre-purchase Tension.

I also wanted to share with you what others who have already read the book are saying about Tension.

“The Innovation Institute is a healthcare incubator that fosters innovation by incubating ideas through the various stages of evaluation, development, refinement, and commercialization.  We have found many of the concepts discussed in Tension to be evident as we have developed our Innovation Lab and we have developed supporting structures and practices accordingly.  Chris Wasden is a leader in healthcare innovation and this book is a must read for anyone looking to advance innovation and harness tension to fuel their creative genius.  There are many gems throughout the book from succeeding through failure, to the innovation life cycle, and minding your P’s and Q’s.”

Joe Randolph, President and CEO, The Innovation Institute

Tensions is a masterpiece. As a venture capitalist focused on financial services innovation I see my portfolio companies finding great opportunities by transforming the maladaptive tensions created by the large incumbent banks into creative tensions that delivers more powerful value propositions that are disrupting the industry. Tension provides an approach that can be used by organizations both big and small to increase their innovative capabilities and capacities.”

Matteo Rizzi ,General Partner, SBT Venture Capital

“The accelerating pace of change in healthcare challenges us to continue to build our managerial and leadership toolkits—to be more agile, to use more gears of mindfulness so that we can lead successfully, and to tap innovationthroughout our organizations. Tension provides a succinct, highly readable and engaging ride through the innovation cycle with lessons for all!”

Vivian Lee, CEO University of Utah Healthcare, Dean of the School of Medicine

Tension provides the road map of how to release the genius in you that isinnovative

Chris and Mitch Wasden are at the forefront of the innovationrevolution.  “Tension” will help you discover and release the best ideas you have and give you a way to monetize those ideas to build a better business.

If you have never been able to understand or harness the power of innovation, you need to read and study this book. It will flat out make your business better!”

Chester Elton New York Times Best Selling author of The Carrot PrincipleAll In & What Motivates Me

“Healthcare today benefits from two opposing dynamics; creative innovationand near perfection in consistency. But how to lead these potentially opposing paradigms in one organisations challenges leaders.  Tension provides well thought through and clear mental models and frameworks to harness the available energy in my organisation to bring more value to customers.”

Christopher McGowan, Chief Executive Officer, Silver Chain Group

“Tension will put you on the journey from mindless day-to-day process to mindful innovation and how to unleash your personal creativity from your cubicle. It reveals when to ride the innovation cycle vs. operations bike: the prescription offered by two brilliant entrepreneurs. It offers a path to tap the individual creativity inside you and transform your company along the way.”

Francis Gouillart, Co-author of The Power of Co-Creation

Tension resonated from the first page. Today’s CEOs face the paradox of encouraging creative solutions to advance their companies while continuing to invest in strategies that discourage innovative power. In Tension Chris and Mitch Wasden describe this paradox in terms that will resonate with business leaders and OD practitioners alike. Their research clarifies how today’s business challenges are of our own making and releasing our creative genius is as easy as riding a bike!”

Alida Moose, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Penn Mutual

“Chris Wasden and I established OrthoAccel based on many of the principles found in Tension.  These important concepts were relevant then, at the founding stage, and can still be applied today, during a period of significant growth.  The chapter featuring, “A Dozen Mindless Myths,” is particularly practical as it challenges the manager to defy conventional wisdom and think on an entirely different level to inspire innovation.  This book should be required reading for the growing number of venture incubators and accelerators that will continue to be a key source of innovation for generations to come.”

Mike Lowe, CEO, OrthoAccel

Tension shows how companies can unleash their creative genius by applying the Innovation Life Cycle. This is a must read for any organization struggling to innovate.”

Dr. Michael Marquardt, Professor and Director of Executive Leadership Program, George Washington University

President, World Institute for Action Learning, Author of 25 books including global best-seller, Leading with Questions 

“In Tension, the Wasden’s and their Innovation Lifecycle have achieved a “Tour de Force” at the intersection of individual and collective innovativeactions. Both executives and managers will benefit from reading this conceptually sound and practically based book; for that matter, so would anyone contemplating organizational change through innovation.”

Dr. David Schwandt, Professor and Director of Executive Leadership Program, George Washington University

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