The month of January was an exciting month for our EdRevision team, filled with educational trips and plans for the future of our project!
Jack and Jemar headed out to San Francisco this month to attend a Pioneer Lab Training, run by Education Reimagined. This training was attended by educators, students, and people wanting to become a part of the Pioneer Lab community. They had a lot of fun learning more about learner-centered education and exploring the city (I think they especially enjoyed the warm weather!)
While Jack and Jemar were basking in the California sun, the rest of our team was packing to head to Minneapolis for a one-day EdVisions conference. We spent time in Minneapolis team-bonding and shopping at the Mall of America, which was so fun! Jack and Jemar flew into Minneapolis in the middle of the night and in early morning, we all got to attend the conference together.
Jemar was selected to be the keynote speaker at EdVisions, and he delivered an inspirational speech about his past experiences in the traditional school system, and how Iowa BIG has transformed his life. He encouraged teachers to reach out to their students that may be struggling and ask what they might need to succeed. It was an incredible speech, and our team was so glad to be there supporting him and cheering him on as he gave it!
After getting settled back home, our team had the first of many monthly update conference calls with Education Reimagined, located in D.C. We received much appreciated tips to further our plans for Sparks Exchange! Our team also got workshop ideas that can be used in the conference we are planning and the five PD days we’re hosting for teachers in the area this school year. We are so incredibly thankful to be working with such a powerful and life-changing organization like Education Reimagined, and we thank them for everything they are doing to assist and support our EdRevision team!
As always, we are furthering our knowledge of learner-centered education, focusing on the five pillars! Our team is so excited to get our plans rolling and make a difference in our community!
Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter to be updated on our progress with our upcoming conference, PD days, and Sparks Exchange program!
It was an exciting month for the EdRevision Team from traveling, school tours to plans for future systematic changes!
During November three team members, Jack Anderson, Jemar Lee and Megan Matson traveled to Washington D.C. to attend SparkHouse, hosted by Education Reimagined. At SparkHouse learners gather from across the country to come together and explore the possibility of learner-centered education for all! Over the course of 48 hours, our members met many learners and educators from across the country, learned about Learner-Centered Education, leadership, different worldviews and how to become change-makers in our own communities. We had many exciting takeaways from the conveying and are eager to share and see the changes in the future!
This month we are excited to share that, Olivia Christensen, an Iowa BIG senior at Iowa BIG (Geonetric location) is joining our team and Hannah Bertram the Co-Founder of EdRevision will be re-engaged after taking time off for college! The team is happy to have you both engaged in our journey!
Over the month of November, EdRevision has been working closely with Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids as we work hand in hand with their educators to flourish learner-centered education throughout their building. Our team had two visits to Roosevelt in November as we are currently in the midst of working on setting up a full day visit and teacher/learner shadow as well as putting together a grading tool to help identify weakness and strengths of their learner-centeredness to narrow down what and where our team will be most beneficial in helping Roosevelt move forward with learner-centered education.
Through this all, our team has been doing active research to help boost our knowledge and accomplish the work we plan to do. Our team has been completing in-depth research on Learner-Centered Education, school redesign, Competency-based grading systems, and learning formats. We continue to add more content after we feel we've gained enough knowledge of each subject to benefit our personal needs and the needs of EdRevision.
Stay tuned for our progress, accomplishments, and updates over the next month!
Happy Holidays all! As December end, the EdRevision team has some exciting news about our progress and future.
This past month we have spent more time gathering information about learner-centered environments and we are starting to complete our research on curriculum, curriculum design, how to transform curriculum and how to ensure the classrooms we potentially work with are still meeting the standards that are required.
As December progressed our EdRevision team has shifted what our vision is going to be. We are still working closely with Roosevelt, a middle school in Cedar Rapids, to try and grow and improve their already, recently turned learner-centered school. We are in the process of setting up a time to go into the school and evaluate the learner-centredness of classrooms and teachers based off a rubric that will assess each of the five pillars of learner-centered education. We want to be able to talk to these teachers and work with them on how they can make the experiences they are giving their learners to be even more effective and enjoyable.
As a team we have also decided to branch EdRevision out past just working with Roosevelt. After a few of our teammates returned from D.C. for their Sparkhouse event where they met with other learner centered schools and exchanged ideas about how to improve the schools. They brought many new ideas with them -- ones hopefully to improve the work and impact of EdRevision. EdRevision now consists of four actively working initiatives. Roosevelt is still our main focus; every team member is still active in this aspect. We are also excited to announce we will be organizing and running a student led conference for the fall of 2018! This is in place to teach and spread the awareness of LCE through student speakers, breakout sessions and touring a learner-centered environment. To help prepare for this conference we have also started to develop workshops that we will offer for professional development days for the surrounding traditional high schools. Our goal is to give teachers a chance to come into the Iowa BIG space and learn more about learner-centered education and how they can potentially implement it into their classrooms back in the traditional setting. As those two initiatives begin to make progress we are also working on a program called Sparks Exchange. Sparks Exchange, which is in partnership with SparkHouse, gathers learners from across the country to come together and explore the possibility of learner-centered education for all, which was developed by Education Reimagined. This program is going to allow us to connect with learner-centered environments, learners and educators. By setting up Sparks Exchange we are going to be able to have other learners come and tour Iowa BIG and see our learning environment, and it will give us a chance to talk to other learners about what their environment is like and exchange ideas on how to better improve our schools. This will also work vise versa for all the participating learning environments to allow students to travel to other schools to see how other learner-centered schools are operated. We are developing a tool box for Sparks Exchange that will enable and equip the participants with the correct knowledge and resources for effective and engaged visits, to gather the correct information, and become change makers for their own communities.
This month has been busy with all our exciting changes being implemented, although our team is eager to continue our work on transforming education to benefit all our fellow scholars! Stay tuned for monthly updates on our team progress!
Happy Holidays from our team to yours!