Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning: We create paths to contemporary learning by supporting participants from member divisions to engage in critical inquiry to develop curriculum, assessment, and Instruction consistent with a focus on supporting learners to acquire competencies of critical thinking, communication, citizenship, collaboration, and creativity.
pamelamoran has written 18 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

Connected Learners. Connected Educators. Learning Together.

I have the good fortune every day of seeing the work unfold across the amazing community of connected educators in the district where I work. They seek to understand contemporary learners and to offer learning opportunities that match the interests and passions of young people. It’s always a challenge when the prescriptive standards and state … Continue reading

In Pursuit of Passion .. not Carrots or Sticks

Watching a bit of the US Open last night, I was struck with the question of the source of motivation by athletes to work without cease, endure pain, sustain focus, and intensify commitment to a sport over time even when the odds of losing are far greater than standing on the podium to receive a … Continue reading

Learning from Mick Wilz

“Don’t just talk about change. Show it.” Mick Wilz’s post in The New York Times is a simple, but rich and complex, narrative that sense-makes the teaching and learning process from an alternative point of view. I’d like to think that any professional educator who takes the time to read his story would find both … Continue reading

Why Not Just Do It?

Will Wright, creator of SIM gaming, said in an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson that “play and storytelling were the educational technologies” for generations of humans. Wright and Tyson “riffed” on the science of video gaming, early games, storytelling and play, an area of study known as “ludology.” Their perspectives caught my attention. This weekend … Continue reading

#HowILearn: a Post Request from @AnseoAMuinteoir

A group of educators, including me, were challenged recently by @AnseoAMuinteoir, aka Hellie Bullock of Ireland, to write a post on #HowILearn for her blog. Asking “how I learn” begins for me with a question of “what is learning?” It’s followed by a question of “why learn?” Since ground zero of memory, I feel I’ve … Continue reading

The Educators’ Story: “The Teacher Faces the Depression” (1933)

In 2001, I taught an History of “American” Education grad course and chose to use primary source documents mostly found on the Internet in lieu of an official “text.” This version of a blended learning environment offered us an antiquated chance to explore many narratives of education from the colonies forward, rather than those selected … Continue reading

Lessons From Ireland: Rebel with an Educational Cause

Evelyn O’Connor, Ireland’s recently honored 2012 Secondary Teacher of the Year, says one of her own high school teachers once told her that it’s okay to be a rebel. Now, Ms. O’Connor, rebel with an educational cause, speaks out against the tyranny of a system designed to strip schools of dedicated teachers in the name … Continue reading

Do We Need Widget Makers or Solution Finders?

Increasingly, we see stark evidence that evolving and adapting our educational system is not just about America’s future, but also that of Planet Earth. Who we choose to educate, how we educate, and why we educate represent critical questions facing this country and the world. The increased filtering and narrowing of curricula may result in … Continue reading

More than Earth Day: Let’s Bring Back Environmental Education

We spend a lot of time sharing what we’re against. I think we need to more clearly share what we are for. Today’s Earth Day 2012 and I believe we all need to be for the Earth. She needs a champion. There’s been deterioration over time in our capability to sustain life across the broad … Continue reading

“You Can’t Learn if You Don’t Play…”

The New Republic article, “Why Children Must Play: what the US can learn from Finland about ed reform,” captures a critical difference between attitudes in the United States and Finland about using play to power up learning. Samuel Abrams defines a key difference in how we approach education – a focus on children at work … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time We Put a Human on the Moon

Despite complaints that NCLB has reduced classrooms to one-size-fits all test prep environments, my perspective is that our classrooms have mostly always been, with a few exceptions, one-size-fits all teaching spaces. In working at all three levels of Pk-12, elementary educators do seem more likely to create spaces where students have resource material choices, opportunities … Continue reading

First Days…

The first day of school always leaves me breathless, heart pounding, with palms just a bit dampened. After more than a few first days, I’ve learned that each year speaks with a unique voice. You can’t duplicate a school year. Weather changes. The learners change. Life changes. The narrative we write each year emerges from … Continue reading

#BloggerMarch’s Common Cause: Enough is Enough

On July 30, thousands of citizens who worry about the impact of federal policy upon public education will unite at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. in common cause to say enough is enough. In the last few years, we’ve seen millions of federal and foundation dollars pour into education nonprofits, charter management companies, and corporate … Continue reading

#engchat, #iste, and the power of pause

Last week, I found myself wandering the streets around the Philly Convention Center in search of a gathering of educators who happen to have a connection as teachers of English/language arts in their day jobs.  I usually find some, or all of them, hanging out on Monday nights at 7 p.m. on Twitter virtually engaged … Continue reading

Our Near Future: Reflections on Change Agency in Medical Education

I value a recent visit to the University Of Virginia (UVa) School of Medicine. It’s the kind of interaction that gives me hope for the future.  I walked away thinking if a School of Medicine can change 100 years of tradition in one of the most traditional of environments, certainly we should not abandon hope … Continue reading

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