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Erie High School PLP: The Evolution of a PBL Program (Practicing PBL #25)

July 1, 2016

USD 101 in southeast Kansas has had a PBL program since fall of 2007 and has been able to establish and grow a strong program. Kellie Woolf, the Coordinator of the Personalized Learning Program and Steve Woolf, the Superintendent of Erie-Galesburg school district share some of the history of the school program, how it works, and some of the projects their students are doing this year. aquaponics hydroponics/seed center trees maker station NASA contest — 4 girls designed a device to […]

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As we attempt to change schools, are test scores indicators of learning?

April 19, 2010

It seems to me that the only acceptable measure of school change is standardized test scores. I have a real problem with that. It’s not that I devalue standardized test scores completely, I do believe that they are one small indicator of how we’re doing. But when I see the over emphasis on standardized test scores I have to shake my head. I hear the stories from teachers and parents about the crazy things we do in order to raise […]

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As we attempt to change schools, are test scores indicators of learning?

April 19, 2010

It seems to me that the only acceptable measure of school change is standardized test scores. I have a real problem with that. It’s not that I devalue standardized test scores completely, I do believe that they are one small indicator of how we’re doing. But when I see the over emphasis on standardized test scores I have to shake my head. I hear the stories from teachers and parents about the crazy things we do in order to raise […]

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There is a historic opportunity in education: Don’t blow it!

February 5, 2010

We’ve never seen the kind of financial cuts that are taking place in education today. Regardless of how you feel about school finance, and the ability of school districts to utilize their money wisely, the cuts that are being made today in the majority of school districts are painful at best. Decisions are starting to impact staffing decisions, including classroom teachers. But every cloud has a silver lining. And often times the silver lining doesn’t show itself until much later. […]

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Erie High School: A Shining Star, Or Lost In Space?

January 30, 2010

Erie school district has been blessed. By Mike Carson, Rose Frey, Ted Hill, and many many others who were involved in the transformation of their school. Erie high school is unique. What makes them unique is that their focus is on their students, and their student’s futures. Erie high school has changed what the students learn, how the students learn, and how they organize the students to learn. In addition, while the students do take the state mandated standardized tests, […]

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The Mission Of Schools: What Is, What Should Be

January 27, 2010

Every school district has a mission statement, they’re all pretty much the same. In some way they all talk about preparing students to be productive members of society. But in spite of the fact that society has changed dramatically not just over the last hundred years but in the last 15 years, schools are doing pretty much the same things they’ve done for my entire life, and that’s a long time. I think that the three most important things that […]

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Standardized Tests: Causal Or Correlational?

January 25, 2010

I’ve given a lot of thought to the standardized test phenomenon. How is it that so many well-intentioned and highly intelligent people can have so much faith in such a detrimental process? I think I might have at least part of the puzzle figured out. We’ve been using standardized tests for decades, and educators through those decades have tried to convince policymakers and the public alike what a great job we’re doing by sharing our standardized test scores. And we’ve […]

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What Does “Well-Educated” Mean?

January 23, 2010

I’ve been preparing for a presentation that I’m going to do for the school board of one of the largest districts in the state. They are involved in strategic planning, and to their credit they are looking at all aspects of their school district with the intent to improve. My presentation is built around my belief about the biggest issues we face in education. I’ve given this presentation several times, each time modifying it as I clarify the issues in […]

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What Does “Well-Educated” Mean?

January 23, 2010

I’ve been preparing for a presentation that I’m going to do for the school board of one of the largest districts in the state. They are involved in strategic planning, and to their credit they are looking at all aspects of their school district with the intent to improve. My presentation is built around my belief about the biggest issues we face in education. I’ve given this presentation several times, each time modifying it as I clarify the issues in […]

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Why our kids aren’t prepared for their future

January 11, 2010

One of the biggest issues that we face in education is that we are in adequately preparing our kids for their future. I recently finished Dan pink’s new book Drive, and sure enough more evidence that we’re not preparing our kids for the 21st century. Let me explain. In his book he talks about two kinds of work. The first, algorithmic, “are those tasks in which you follow a set of established instruction down to a single pathway to one […]

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