This view that kids are vending machines, where you put in more homework, you get out more learning, is painfully naïve.
Alfie Kohn, Maclean’s (September 11, 2006)

homework

the change learning project

Educating to Thrive in the 21st Century

The Change Learning Project is an innovative, multi-stage initiative to transform the way we understand and structure education in Canada. The purpose of the project is to create and implement a redesigned educational model—one that is rooted in what we know about how children learn and develop, and one that involves parents and community, addresses the whole child and meets the needs of our 21st century realities.

Innovation And Collaboration Key To School Improvement Program

The goal of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) is to improve student learning and performance by supporting initiatives that address unique needs and circumstances within school authorities. AISI funding is targeted, which means it is provided to school authorities for specific local initiatives that are focused on improving student learning. About 1200 AISI projects were developed and implemented during the first two cycles (2000-2006), with over 300 more initiatives in progress in the present.

A Policy Paper: The Strategic and Resource Implications of a New Model of Learning

This Policy Proposal, from the 21st Century Learning Initiative in the UK, is written to assist those in positions of influence to initiate powerful changes to current educational arrangements. The circumstantial evidence for such a transformation of learning is drawn from the best in research and practice from around the world. The paper shows that better informed, and more effective, models of learning could be organised through a redistribution of expenditures and responsibilities, at a total cost no greater than current levels of expenditure.

Opinion: Teach low-income parents how to become involved

Low-income parents must learn how to work the education system in the same way wealthier families do, writes Edwin C. Darden, education-policy director at Appleseed, a network of public-interest justice centers. Maryland’s Montgomery County schools, for example, offer around 35 free Parent Academy workshops, as well as a call center that will answer questions in both English and Spanish. Education Week (premium article access compliments of Edweek.org) (12/26)
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get involved

It’s easy to feel like education is out of our hands. We try
to help our own children “get through” the system. We do our best to
encourage learning in our own classrooms or we try to integrate new
policies within our schools or boards. But somehow the big picture and
major decisions are someone else’s responsibility.

re-envisioning education

If we want our youth to turn into adults that are fulfilled, literate and connected to their families, culture, and global communities—what do we need to do? If we want life-long learners, ingenious thinkers and creative problem solvers, how do we nurture those qualities? If we want kids that are passionately engaged in life and society, where do we start? And if we want a society that spends less on jails, social services, crime prevention and health care, what needs to change?

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