In mid-May 2016, several of my fellow educators and I toured five innovative Bay Area schools. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that educators there understand the importance of finding new ways to engage and educate kids in an ever-changing, tech-focused world.
Innovation and learner agency–the idea that education is the vessel through which learners develop independent thinking skills–is a top priority of these Bay Area schools. The results of such prioritization shine bright in both kids and teachers.
Great Schools Tour: Observations that impacted my Thinking
Students and teachers worked together to write and set up learning around kids’ personalized vision and individual learning goals, and teachers autonomously crafting classroom design to fit kids’ needs and develop project-based learning.
Parents were accepted as leaders in the school’s education ecosystem and were welcome to drop by to help kids learn at any time.
Teachers and students ……