Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures. It is very likely that our students' brains have physically changed - and are fundamentally different from ours - as a result of how they grew up.
Dr. Bruce D. Berry, Baylor College of Medicine

Stuart Shanker

How Did We Get Here? : John Abbott Speaks

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 17:47 -- admin

John Abbott discusses the history of western education and the loss of the apprenticeship model (learning by doing) to the current schooling structure.

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John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

Career Exploration Links Schools to Community: John Abbott Speaks

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 17:43 -- admin

John Abbott discusses a program in Sweden in which students spend a number of school days per year shadowing adults at their jobs. The program begins at the age of seven and continues until high school graduation.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

A Community Puts Change into Action: John Abbott Shares a Success Story

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 17:37 -- admin

John Abbott speaks about the role of the community in supporting and improving schools. In particular, he discusses a project in Princeton, New Jersey, in which an entire community (90 000 people strong) was challenged to find a mission statement for their system of education.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

Home Is Key Indicator in Student Success: John Abbott Speaks

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 17:26 -- admin

John Abbott speaks about the importance of the home in predicting educational success.

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John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

The changelearning website project emerged from the collaboration of John Abbott and Heather MacTaggart, the Executive Director of [[http://classroomconnections.ca/|Classroom Connections]], a Canadian non-profit educational organization dedicated to optimizing student learning.

John Abbott Challenges Faulty Assumptions About Kids

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 17:02 -- admin

John Abbott speaks about the fact that children are innately inquisitive and insists that schools need to capitalize on this fact.

Featured in this video:
John Abbott is the President of the [[http://www.21learn.org/|21st Century Learning Initiative]], an initiative to facilitate the emergence of new approaches to learning in the United Kingdom.

Learning with the Grain of the Brain

If young people are to be equipped effectively to meet the challenges of the 21st century it is surely prudent to seek out the very best understandings from current scientific research into the nature of how humans learn before considering further reform of the current system.

This article by John Abbott and Terence Ryan appeared in the Spring, 1999 issue of Education Canada.

Enriching Communities: Concepts of Communities in the Future

“Enriching Communities” was the theme of the first International Baccalaureate Organization Worldwide Electronic Conference in 2004. John Abbott, as a contributor/leader, noted that the theme suggested that “right now, many people fear that communities are not what they once were, or indeed might be in the future, and that somehow they have to be enriched.” He contributed four papers to the conference, all on the topic of community (attached as one document, below).

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