stagnant and iterates in the present. In Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin wrote how students today are educated in “...collecting dots. Almost none of it spent teaching them the skills necessary to connect dots. The magic of connecting dots is that once you learn the techniques, the dots can change but you'll still be good at connecting them.”
Innovators connect dots and others either don't see them or are not equipped with tools, methods and resources to see them. To help both teachers and students learn to see the dots, of innovative thinking, the Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School seeks to
The Learning Innovation Institute at The Ellis School focuses on five priorities:
- Exploring how maker education, learning-by-doing, agile learning spaces, and active learning serve as launch pads for improving learning outcomes in K-12 environments.
- Studying how girls learn and leading meaningful research and discussion about improving learning outcomes for girls. STEM and its intersection with the humanities will be a major focus.
- Offering professional development for educators and administrators regarding innovative learning practices, particularly in the area of design thinking and blended learning.
- Cultivating community partnerships and connected learning opportunities that empower girls and foster collaboration, communication, creativity, and connection.
- Fostering global exchange of ideas, problem-solving, and dissemination of findings to benefit girls and young women worldwide.
Consulting on Infusing Learning Innovations into Existing Curricular Programs
Working with schools both independent and public around the world to strengthen individual and group skills in innovation by using design thinking, active learning, maker education and the flipped classroom to create the best learning outcomes for students. My approach is to do observation, interviews to understand a school's goals and mission, and prepare a report of findings and suggestions to chart a course for re-envisioning curriculum. We will use the LUMA Institute System of Innovating for People as the framework for this process.
Workshops on the intersection of learning and technology design thinking, and connected learning where partnerships across the globe are a part of the classroom experience. We have also led workshops on robotics, specifically the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. I envision programs that explore topics such as leveraging social media for learning, creating globally-collaborative courses, bringing design thinking to education, and designing learning spaces. Audiences can include both students and instructors from elementary through graduate school, non-profit organization leaders, and information learning organizations. Workshops will be in-person and online through a monthly Google Hangout webinar.
Working to design learning spaces that promote learning innovation like the Active Classroom at The Ellis School and our CoLaboratory Maker Space. The Learning Innovation Institute can share best practices and lessons learned in the design, operation, and evaluation of learning spaces. We help leaders and educators articulate specific goals for spaces that can be communicated to architects and planners.
I am most excited that we will be able to use some of the revenue from the Learning Innovation Institute to provide scholarships for our workshops for schools that need it most, provide mini-grants for classroom teachers to try out some aspect of learning innovation and form a council on innovation - made up of innovators from across the region that will act as an advisory, work on design challenges with our students and provide insight on the changing world around us.
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