Through the Education Lens

Transforming School for Real Learning: The Video to Watch

CJ Westerberg, September 8, 2010 9:35 AM


"What's going on in American education is a travesty . . .
and we settle for the easy answers"
- Chris Lehmann

Brilliant TED talk below by Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy --  a featured school in "Apple in Education" series and previously featured by The Daily Riff * in High School Stinks --   who takes on so many issues from technology to meta-cognition to empowering students to the role of education in our society.      

Video runs about twenty minutes but skip to the 1:45 where the talk actually begins.  

In a hurry?  Do the flip - tune in at 17:42 mark and watch the last few minutes where the fireworks go off and check it out in full later. 
Hope you enjoy as much as I did.   -- C.J. Westerberg

*Lehmann doesn't just hit and run, however.  SLA is featured as one of the "Apple in Education" profiles in this video giving an overview of how technology (okay, Apple) is used as a tool to transform learning and as an extension of the SLA  philosophy with some impressive results.  The 11th grade student-produced project "Cell Block 501" - bringing Trigonometry to life - is another quick video on this link that is worth checking out.

For those unfamiliar with Science Leadership Academy, here is a descriptive from the site:

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

Chris Lehmann was also a technology coordinator, English teacher, girls' basketball coach and self-described "Ultimate Coach at The Beacon School, a fantastic progressive high school in Manhattan".  Find more at his blog,  Practical Theory.

Related posts from The Daily Riff:

High School Stinks  Chris Lehmann presentation

Too Young to Research?

Is This the Best High School in America? 

Would You Hire Your Own Kids?  The 7 Skills Schools Should be Teaching Them by Tony Wagner

How To Learn TED talk by Diana Laufenberg

The Person of the Year in Education:  Larry Rosenstock of High Tech High


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