Thursday, June 19, 2014

How do you tell your school's story?

Part of the cycle of innovation is paying attention to what works (and what doesn't), and documenting the process. If you're bold enough to make your reflections public, then others can learn from your experiences, accelerating the innovation process.
In education, it's rare to find schools that are transparent about their innovation efforts. Other than the occasional edublogger, we seldom see schools that take the time to document and share what they're learning--especially while change is still unfolding.
American School of Bombay is an exception. This independent school in Mumbai, India, not only has its own R&D department (another rarity in education!), but also publishes reports from the frontlines of innovation. Here's the latest issue of Future Forwards. I'm delighted to be a contributor. Check out my interview with art teacher Karen Fish, who describes her novel approach to assessment.
If want to learn more about innovation at ASB, look for their ISTE session: Design Your School's R&D.  Scot Hoffman, R&D coordinator, will also be making a guest appearance in my session: The Reflective Teacher's Tips and Tools for Guiding PBL on Monday, June 30, 2:15 p.m.