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Blog 4 Real Education Reform – The Sequel

On November 22, and the few days leading up to it, I was crazy busy posting links to this site as people blogged about  reform for education. it was one of the most amazing things to watch as people just kept sharing and sharing their ideas for reform.

So, now it’s time to move beyond those words. . .Dave Britten, (aka @colonelB) has thrown down the gauntlet– and now we all need to participate in Blogging for Real Education Reform–the SEQUEL through sharing the ACTION STEPS we are taking to move towards our dreams and our visions.  We need to all share the necessary steps we will be taking, (or already are taking), to move our work out of the factory model we have been living in for way too long!  We need to show how we are  stretching towards our ideals and our ideas and describe how we are acting to re-imagine education for our students, our children and our world.

Please read David’s post here–Blog 4 Real Education Reform – The Sequel–as his words are much more eloquent. . . and post your ACTION STEPS blog here–and we’ll compile them again so they can be found easily.

So, as David says,

“By January 1, each of us commits to blogging a contribution to our collective ACTION PLANfor re-tooling, re-inventing, and re-imagining what we’re going to do to turn the corner on 21st century learning. Let’s plan on posting our blog contributions during the week leading up to January 1, 2011 (between Christmas and New Years). This gives us plenty of time to think deeply about our own personal commitment to change and the actions we’ll need to take to influence others to do the same.”

Use the twitter hashtag #blog4reform, tweet out your post and also add the link in the comments here. I, for one, am really looking forward to reading the ways we’re working to change education for the future of our world.

Crying For Superman, Waiting For Mr. Anderson -by Goran Kimovski

Action Steps– by Paula White (Making My Own Learning Transparent)

Riding into the Perfect Storm of Reform -by David Britten

Action Step For Change: Quote Einstein More Often -by Becky Fisher

Practical Action Plan for Transforming Education -By Walter McKenzie

Forget Value Added Assessment of Teachers–Just Use Snow -by Larry Fliegelman

Blogging For Real Education Reform-the Sequel – By Michael Barbour

Ed Reform-New Year’s Resolution – by Stephanie

The Wizard of Ed: Four Action Steps – by Jeff Delp

I invite you to my learning – by Goran Kimovski

Good Business – by Chad Sansing

My Action Steps for Reform – by Tamara Cox

Nothing left to do but Act – by Pete Rodrigues

The Genius in Children – by Rick Ackerly (many goods posts here) one fav-Five Tips for Parents and Teachers

The Growth Mindset – by Mary Rice Booth

Spring of Hope -by Pamela Moran

Foray into Lesson Study – by Brendan Murphy

Laying My Cards on the Table – by Jason Glass

Why We Still Need Public Education – by Gerald Aungst

THE END IS UPON US – by Dr. Timony

What Happens When Teachers Share Their Secrets? – by Tim Woods

Turning Dreams Into Reality – by Eric Sheninger

You Should Play The Time You Want to Play – by “Little C” (son of Chad Sansing)

Instructional Rounds at Greer – by Matt Landahl

Teaching Out Loud – by Stephen_Hurley

Is It Possible? – by- David Wees

America’s Students Achieving the Possible (ASAP) – by Fred Hageman

Teaching Kids to Catch – by Fred Hageman

The Power of Two – by Bill Sterrett and Matt Haas

For The Times They Are A-Changin’ – by David Britten

Solitude and Leadership – by Matt Landahl

How Do You Like Your Coffee? – by Jen McNicol

Use Everything – by Steve Farber

A Middle School That Works – by Ira Socol

A Plan for Thoughtful Learning – by Karen Szymusiak

We Have Got to Do and Be Better in 2011 – by Eric Sheninger

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Meaningless Evaluation – by Justin Baeder

No “Us versus Them”, just “Us” – by CBirk

A Baker’s Dozen To Follow – No Measurement Required – by CBirk

A new year to rise above. – by Lyn Hilt

Can Teachers Run Schools? – by Tom VanderArk


About Paula White

grandma, teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), DEN STAR, Google Certified Teacher, camper, Gifted Resource Tchr, NETS*T certified, lover of learning


34 thoughts on “Blog 4 Real Education Reform – The Sequel

  1. Important questions any attempt for reforming education should ask: Why are we schooling our kids today? What is the real value we’re after? Does the current system allow room for transformation to bring about that value? If not, can we (and should we) start from scratch?

    Looking back at the history of public schools and the failures to catch up with the world today, I accept the task is daunting. Still, efforts like #blog4reform are important as they lead to open discussions about the questions above and more. And open is what we need now!

    While I am not an educator, I am very interested in the transformation of the education system and I am trying to understand the history while looking forward at the same time. I will try to participate in the #blog4reform with thoughts and ideas, but in the meantime I’d invite you to look at this article that I hope provokes some thoughts around the questions at the top:


    Posted by kima | December 6, 2010, 12:38 pm
  2. My first entry in Blog 4 Real Reform – The (Action) Sequel: Riding into the Perfect Storm of Reform –

    Posted by David Britten | December 26, 2010, 7:29 am
  3. Here’s my contribution – — of course, quoting a dead scientist is not enough. I will lead and follow quotes with questions while I spend more time in schools, side-by-side with principals.

    Posted by Becky Fisher | December 26, 2010, 5:25 pm
  4. Paula here is my contribution to the #blog4reform sequel: “A Practical Action Plan for Transforming Education”

    Posted by Walter McKenzie | December 27, 2010, 10:40 am
  5. The Wizard of Ed: Four Action Steps

    << Molehills out of Mountains

    Posted by azjd | December 29, 2010, 5:20 pm
  6. I promised to participate in #blog4reform, hoping to give a parent insight, so this is it:

    While I wrote it with parents primarily in mind, I hope you’ll find some food for thoughts for educators too!

    Posted by kima | December 30, 2010, 5:37 am
  7. Thanks so much for compiling this work, Paula –

    My contribution for this round:

    All the best,

    Posted by Chad Sansing | December 30, 2010, 6:30 am
  8. Love reading everyone’s thoughts and ideas. Here is my contribution.

    Posted by Tamara Cox | December 30, 2010, 8:51 am
  9. I am working on the project of revisioning school, so that even if our goals continue to have something to do with “grade level,” our aim is different. I dream that someday our aim will be for all kids love learning and see school as a place that serves this most basic of human needs. We need a paradigm shift.

    Posted by Rick Ackerly | December 30, 2010, 1:31 pm
  10. Thank you for helping me focus my goals for this upcoming year.

    My contribution:

    Posted by Mary Rice-Boothe | December 30, 2010, 5:16 pm
  11. There is solid research that better teachers means better learning. Reform starts with teachers. We don’t get rid of bad teachers we just do what we can to raise the bar.
    He is what we are doing”

    Posted by jhuistemurphy | December 31, 2010, 9:35 am
  12. Here is my post for blog4reform:

    Posted by Matt Landahl | December 31, 2010, 4:47 pm
  13. America’s Students Achieving the Possible (ASAP)

    Teaching Kids to Catch

    Posted by Fred Hageman | December 31, 2010, 9:00 pm
  14. I’d like to participate in this initiative as well. My blog post is entitled “Is it possible?” and can be found on my personal blog.

    Posted by dwees | December 31, 2010, 9:27 pm
  15. Happy New Year to all!

    As we face the various challenges of 2011, I would encourage everyone to seek out a colleague and serve together as “accountability partners” in growing professionally. As teachers and leaders, our roles are often isolating, yet it is essential to find time together in which we can share challenges, successes, and innovations . . . together. Embark on live learning walks together, discuss ways in which technology shapes your reflection, and highlight examples of engaged learning in your school community.

    Build this into your calendar in a monthly format. I have been blessed to work with great colleagues as a teacher and a leader, yet we must make the most of our opportunities in this new year, in each year, as we grow as learners ourselves.

    Blessings to all! Bill

    Posted by Bill Sterrett | January 1, 2011, 8:34 am
  16. Bill’s suggestion is great. In one of my former schools we use peer triads for this and the change in teaching, attitudes and moral was inspiring. I’d like to encourage this across schools as we have 3 primary schools which feed to the same high school.

    My own thoughts, on my personal change agenda are here:


    Posted by jenmcnicol | January 1, 2011, 1:29 pm
  17. Better late than never. Here’s my post “Facilitating Change”

    Posted by Phil Macoun | January 5, 2011, 1:21 am


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