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Cooperative Catalyst Presents: Kirsten Olson

Kirsten Olson is a leading writer in the U.S. describing education from a student’s point of view.  Her recent book Wounded By School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up To Old School Culture(2009) was one of the ten bestselling books at Teachers College Press this past year, and was nominated for Book of the Year … Continue reading

Cooperative Catalyst Presents: Dream School Commons

Jaime R. Wood is founder of Dream School Commons, a nonprofit organization with the mission of starting innovative low-cost or no-cost schools that serve populations in need. She is also the author of Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom (NCTE 2006). She started her teaching career working with middle school students in an alternative charter school … Continue reading

Tale of a Broken System: A Student’s Perspective

Public education is a system of failure in America; it’s a system that no longer holds any true promise to a great future that one can build on. Over the past few decades its capabilities has seemed to have narrowed and its structure has seem to falter to the point of near catastrophic collapse. However, … Continue reading

Blog for IDEC 2012 Week Roundup: Real Education Is…

It’s Blog for IDEC 2012 Week, and each day you’re invited to submit a post on one of the defining values of the conference and what it means to you. Leave a link to your URL in the comments section, and we’ll add it to this post. Check back throughout this week as we update … Continue reading

You’re Invited to Blog for IDEC 2012 Week, 10/31 – 11/4

Hey Coop-ers, I haven’t posted much to this blog yet but wanted to reintroduce myself. I’m the Communications Director of IDEA, an organization that has much in common with the Coop. Kirsten Olson is our Board President, David Loitz is a Community Organizer, Adam Burk is a Digital Organizer, and some of the folks who blog … Continue reading

Is College Worth it? Guest Post by Mike Newman

This question about the value of college in today’s faltering economy seems to be a popular question that has been floating around the blogosphere lately. For me it has been a question floating in my mind since graduating from college in 2004, primarily because my college experience was very lackluster to say the least. I … Continue reading

Learning Preferences, Entry Points and Why They Matter

This past back-to-school season, a learning styles study from 2009 got recycled by NPR and resulted in one of the most heated comment debates I’ve seen online. The study proclaimed that learning styles do not, in fact, exist and “widespread use of learning-style tests and teaching tools is a wasteful use of limited educational resources.” Maybe … Continue reading

It Takes People to Make a Change, Not a Government (Guest post by student Diego Negrón Reichard)

 ( in Spanish and English) Vivo en Puerto Rico. Un país de decir, pero no hacer, de ver, pero no creer, de querer algo, pero no lo suficiente como para tomarlo en nuestras manos, de esperar, pero sin saber lo que estamos esperando. Mi nombre es Diego Negrón y la verdad es que esto se aplica … Continue reading

Uniting to Ensure Best Options for Students, Parents and Teachers (Guest Post by Lisa Nielsen)

by Lisa Nielsen, Author The Innovative Educator blog Social media has become a mobilizing force in bringing together students, educators, and parents who are frustrated with the data-driven, standardized, one-size-fits all learning taking place in publicly funded schools today. Many of these groups have popped up with members joining and uniting against a system designed … Continue reading

The Peer Matching Network

A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an … Continue reading

An Introduction

I am a blogger for IDEA, and through Melia Dicker and Adam Burk, I was invited to post here at the Coop. I just thought that I should give an introduction before I begin contributions. I became aware of democratic education through an offbeat series of events (but who doesn’t find out about it that … Continue reading

Lessons from History for Educators (Guest Post by April Jaure of the Bartleby Project)

I like learning about history. I think it’s just fascinating. I also like to imagine. And these days my imagination keeps taking me to two different eras in history: one, quite some time ago, and the other, to the era of my grandparents. The first period in history that my mind keeps pondering begins in … Continue reading

Accommodating Learning Disabilities and Differences Without Singling Students Out (Guest Post by Edward Stern)

Edward Stern is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and writes for http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/online-schools. Accommodating different learning disabilities is a regular and occasionally difficult task for all teachers. Each and every student has a different learning style, but some differ more than others. Students with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), dyslexia, or other common … Continue reading

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