Chapter 13 - Planning tomorrow's schools

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Planning tomorrow's schools

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find them in the examination results: overall top in a state well known for educational innovations. But the real results you can see on the faces of the students, teachers and parents - if you haven't already caught them in the words of the principal.

6. Invest in your key resource: teachers
 
  Here, too, the John Eliot experience is a model. America, in particular, has probably the world's most thoroughly-researched educational breakthroughs, including the teaching and learning methods covered in these pages. Yet amazingly most of those methods are not being modeled at the university level - to train the teachers of tomorrow - let alone being used throughout elementary and high schools.
  One teacher-training college leading the way is Cambridge College 9 in Massachusetts - in a program pioneered by Dr. John Grassi and with Dr. Mahesh Sharma and co-author Vos as foundation members - which now has 350 teachers going through each summer's course for a master's degree. Charlotte La Hecka's work at the University of Houston also provides an excellent model, and Jeannette Vos's International Academy for The Learning Revolution has now been accredited by both Cambridge College and the University of California at San Diego's Extension to offer credits in accelerated, integrative learning towards a masters degree.

7. Make everyone a teacher as well as a student
 
  Again, John Eliot is a model: every student, every parent and every teacher is encouraged to become not only a learner but a teacher.
  Many problems of staff "burnout" would be solved by the simple step of involving parents, grandparents and the community in the teaching process - and students too.

8. Plan a four-part curriculum
 
  Computer-based programs, interactive video discs and personalized telecommunications make it increasingly possible for everyone to plan one's own continuing study program. And schools as community resource centers will provide a smorgasbord of courses and resources for a wide range of age-groups, particularly as planning one's continuing lifelong education becomes as normal and as easy as watching television.
  Schools, however, will also be required to continue their present role

 

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