Despite our generally non-institutional approach to the learning revolution, we must say we are inspired by the innovative High Tech High in San Diego. HTH is a model for the possibilities of educational institutions, doing everything it can to advance radical changemaking in education, running a very different kind of graduate school of education, along with a host of professional development opportunities, including Collegial Conversations, Workshops, and Residencies and Institutes. They also put out an interesting “Journal of Adult Learning in Schools,” called the UnBoxed Journal.
For an example of their revolutionary educational ambitions, check out the final project for the Leadership for School Change course, the Dreaming & Doing project:
To dream your ideal school, propose a set of changes/actions to get your current school closer to your ideal, and work with colleagues and/or students to enact change at your site. Change in schools takes time, certainly more than 4 weeks. Think of this project as part of an on-going effort to create change in our schools, an effort that will continue throughout the program.
A Proposal & Reflection (3 page single space maximum) to your colleagues discussing:
o The Dream & The Reality - the learning and teaching environment you aspire to, the challenges/issues you want to address in your own school to bring it closer to your dream, any obstacles you foresee, and any bright spots you can build upon
o The Changes - the reforms/actions you propose (limit this to three or fewer), how they address the above reality, and how they will create more equitable, engaging learning environments for young people
o The Step - the one action you took or are taking, the allies you found or engaged, the questions that emerged, and the future actions you will take (with a proposed timeline for doing so)