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Fostering Passion and Curiosity (Guest Post by Jennifer Sertl)

Hello. My name is Jennifer Sertl, President of Agility3R. It is an honor to be asked to contribute to the Cooperative Catalyst – where education is being changed at the speed of speech. Being given a chance to share my voice, I felt the greatest contribution I could make was to evoke in all of … Continue reading

Unschooling: A Gentle Approach (Guest post by Carlo Ricci)

(Carlo Ricci is on the faculty of education’s Schulich’s School of Education at Nipissing University, in Ontario, Canada. He teaches in the graduate studies program. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning , and has an Unschooling YouTube channel. He has taught from kindergarten, to high school English … Continue reading

Writing at the Cooperative 9/27-10/3: Week in Review

We have had another record week for readership and I hope it continues! We also had new authors join us with first time posts this week. Please welcome our new members, Mary Beth, and Edna! Please if you missed a post or didn’t get a chance to leave a comment, please do! These conversations are … Continue reading

Writing at the Cooperative: Week in Review

This week saw the opening of Waiting for Superman, and a lot of PR and airtime has been spent talking about the so-called Super heroes in Education Reform. At the Cooperative we have tried to counter their narrow conversation with a  more varied and deeper discussion of  work needed to transform education not just reform … Continue reading

Are We Reformers?

Yesterday we got a mention over at Teacher Magazine Old School By Anthony Rebora on August 17, 2010 1:16 PM Over on a progressive-educator group blog called Cooperative Catalyst, Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded by Schools, wonders why the “industrial model” of schooling so stubbornly persists despite being commonly seen as dysfunctional and outmoded. Do … Continue reading

Week of May 31st, 2010

As Americans celebrate Memorial Day, at the Coöp we’re asking ourselves what educational counternarratives can help us bring about a revolution in democratic, authentic education – a kind of education that recognizes the values of passion and responsibility in nurturing and protecting our freedoms, joys, learning, and world. Specifically, we’re looking for and posting about … Continue reading

Week of May 24th, 2010

As the end-of-year crunch squeezes us, we’ll post as we can this week. We hope to offer a mix of catching up and looking ahead. We’ll return to our weekly posting schedule with all of our contributors next week. It’s the prefect time to reflect on past posts and offer up new takes on them … Continue reading

Week of May 17th, 2010

This week the Coöp asks, What must we do to transform schools into places of authentic, democratic learning? What do you think? What has to happen to prepare all schools, students, and teachers to form new, democratic relationships and to share personally meaningful teaching and learning with their communities and the world? What has to … Continue reading

Week of May 10, 2010

“What is your journey around activism as an educator?  What are its milestones, its epiphanies?” Building off of last week’s thread related to how educators can be more active in education reform, we will be discussing the question above this week. It promises to yield some great narratives and powerful sharing from the powerful change … Continue reading

Week of May 3, 2010

We found this week’s question, “How can teachers have a bigger influence on education reformation?” on this week’s twtpoll for #edchat topics. Join us for another week of invigorating conversation sparking action in our lives and work. All the best, The Cooperative Catalyst Crew

Week of April 26, 2010

This week we will be exploring the question, “How do we act as catalysts of change within our present circumstances?” We hope you will check in throughout the week as we post and join in the conversations! All the best, The Cooperative Catalyst Team

Week of April 19, 2010

Dear good people, Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and engage in our discussions. This week we are going to experiment with a new pattern of posting to see how it enhances or detracts from the conversation. This “cascading” will unfold over the course of the week. Unlike our previous method … Continue reading

Topic for the Week of April 12

Join us Monday at 3:00 EDT to discuss this week’s question: How do we support students developing as efficacious self-directed, social learners and involve parents as partners in that journey?

Week of April 5, 2010

This week we will be posting our reactions to the book Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture by Kirsten Olson. Join in the conversations and be part of the re-visioning of modern education systems.

March 29, 2010

Join us tomorrow as we each share our thoughts on “How might we leverage or scale up authentic assessment models to challenge standardized tests?” What do you think–can we leverage great assessments to replace the high stakes standardized ones currently in place? We’d love for you to go to our future topics page and add … Continue reading

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