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Mr. Ackerman Takes a Trip to NYC

March 6, 2011 · No Comments

I had the pleasure of traveling with Dr LaCroix to New York City on Friday to attend an invite-only Leadership Event.  We traveled with fellow administrators from Burlington.  The event brought school leaders to NYC to discuss and learn about schools of the future. The two speakers were Chris Lehman, head of the Science Leadership Academy, and David Pogue, New York times technology columnist. What did I take from the day which can be applied to Lane School?

  • We should aim to have our kids thinking for themselves, not just following rules
  • Schools need to aim to create 21st century citizenship, not just prepare kids for the workforce
  • We need to remind ourselves that we are” educating” students, not ” training” them
  • We don’t teach subjects, we teach kids
  • Create innovation, not change
  • Technology should be like oxygen
  • If schools don’t innovate then they will become irrelevant
  • technology is changing fast, and having huge effects on our students (important not to be judgmental of this change)

One of the themes which prevailed was the need for schools to not be too focused on state driven tests, and instead think simply in terms of “what is best for the students.”  Hard to argue with that?

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