Assignment for October 29th
Purposes, key elements and approaches to school design: Why have a school? What purpose does it serve? Who does it serve? How will it be designed?
Darling-Hammond, L. (1997). “Structuring learner-centered schools” and “Staffing schools for teaching and learning.” In The right to learn. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 148-210.
Hatch, T. (2009). “Key practices for managing change.” Introduction to Part II in Managing to change: How schools can survive (and sometimes thrive) in turbulent times. New York: Teachers College Press. (Note: This introduction can be found at the end of Chapter 2 “Changing conditions, changing times”)
Hatch, T. (2009). “Developing common purposes and shared understanding.” Chapter 3 in Managing to change: How schools can survive (and sometimes thrive) in turbulent times. New York: Teachers College Press.
Meier, D. (1999). “Habits of mind: Democratic values and the creation of effective learning communities” in Common schools, uncommon futures: A working consensus for school renewal. New York: Teachers College Press.
On the 29th, we will focus on the relationship among key aspects of schools and talk about the design process. In preparation for class, please spend at least a little time with your design group beginning to brainstorm possible purposes, foci and contexts for your school. Where will your school be located (or will it be something that could be replicated in multiple contexts; or …)? Who will it serve? Why? What’s the purpose? What will your process be? How will you share the work and responsibilities for the design?
Due by Monday 10/27 Just a reminder that book group discussions on 10/22 are to help you explore theories of learning that might inform your school designs and to facilitate that we are asking you to please post the templates you (or your group) completes by Monday 10/27 so that Deirdre and I can review them and share them with the class on 10/29. When completed, these templates should be posted it in the theories of learning folder on the discussion section of Blackboard.