What You Don’t Teach is Killing Our Children (Video)

February 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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What You Don’t Teach is Killing Our Children: The Truth about Environmental Education 
Don “Four Arrows” Jacobs
We think the little bit of mainstream education has informed us about sustainability issues in our world, but it is unlikely. As a result, education, both mainstream and alternative, continues to create environmental illiteracy. Or, even when it exists, our consciousness is so utterly programmed by a counter-environmental ethic, our curriculum is generally inadequate to make the changes needed for human survival.

Four Arrows is a professor at Fielding Graduate University and author of sixteen books, including The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation(Routledge, 2008) and Unlearning the Language of Conquest(University of Texas Press, 2006) in addition to invited chapters forEducation as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schooling and Battleground Schools. He has doctorates in both health psychology and in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Indigenous worldviews.

Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

AERO Conference Documentary (VIDEO)

January 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education, New Resource | Leave a comment
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This is a short film by Franzi Florack of the 7th annual AERO conference, which took place in Albany, NY June 24-27, 2010. The theme of the conference was “Learner-centered alternatives for everyone.” Find out more about AERO conference and this year’s event in Portland, OR, “Transforming Education & Our World,” by visiting www.educationrevolution.org/​conference.html

2010’s ‘Best of Democratic Education’ List (Resource)

January 3, 2011 at 10:26 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series, Democratic Education, Education Events, Education News, Education Revolution Magazine, International Democratic Education Conference, New Resource | Leave a comment
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Isaac Graves

I recently read through Education Week’s “Revisiting the Most Popular Stories of 2010” list and was generally disenchanted. This is not to say it’s a bad list, rather it didn’t represent my work and passions in democratic and alternative education. After a few days of jogging my memory, looking through a few ‘cheat sheets,’ and asking around I now present to you my ‘Best of Democratic Education’ list for 2010. I’ve organized the links into a few categories with no ranking system (I wouldn’t want Alfie Kohn to get mad).

Best of…

Visit http://www.democraticeducation.com/2011/01/03/bestof2010/ for the list.

Transforming School Culture (VIDEO)

December 28, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Khotso Khabele

The intentions of this workshop are to make a compelling case for an increased focus on school culture and other contextual aspects and to give participants practical tools to positively affect school culture.

 
Khotso Khabele grew up in Lesotho, Southern Africa and moved to the United States at age 12. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Economics. After college, he began a career in education as a high school science teacher. After teaching for a few years, he founded the Khabele School. As Director, he has is responsible for designing the educational methodology, overseeing the curriculum, managing the faculty, creating the student, teacher and parent training programs, and ensuring that the mission of Khabele is being fulfilled. He has led the school from nine students and a $110,000 budget to approximately 200 students and a $2.5 million budget, with a 5 building campus in downtown Austin, Texas. He is currently pursing a doctorate in Human and Organizational Development.

 
This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference.  Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

The War on Kids (VIDEO)

December 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Below is a panel discussion on the film “The War on Kids.”  Panelists included director Cevin Soling, John Taylor Gatto, Pat Farenga, Mathew Davis, Bill De La Cruz, and Mara Afzali.

 

Find out more about the 8th annual AERO conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

 

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Angels & Warriors: Great Teacher Personas (VIDEO)

December 27, 2010 at 8:10 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Anthony Dallmann-Jones

Angels & Warriors: A presentation and discussion of what attributes and methods make for a Great Teacher.

Dr. Dallmann-Jones is a professor of at-risk education in the DIAL Program, the only accredited Masters program in at-risk education, located at Marian University north of Milwaukee. He has published eight books, and spoken to large educational audiences in the US, Mexico, and Russia.

This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference.  Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Cultural Inclusion: Honoring Each Child and Creating Cultures of Success (VIDEO)

December 27, 2010 at 7:54 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Angela Engel

This session is designed create climates of learning that embrace diversity and build school/family communities oriented toward success for all. Participants will also learn how to structure leadership and school policies that are inclusive and empowering. Address content, curriculum, and assessments that expand awareness, inspire citizenship and promote social justice. Discover new ways for outreach, engaging the community, and building partnerships. Identify patterns and behaviors that advance collaborative models and collective problem-solving. Ultimately this session will help students, administrators, and teachers reach goals that support democracy, individuality and greater humanity.

Angela Engel, author of Seeds of Tomorrow; Solutions for Improving our Children’s Education, writes from her experiences as a teacher, parent, school administrator, speaker, and policy advisor. Currently a facilitator for the Family Leadership Training Institute, she earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado–Denver. She was awarded a bachelor’s in Communication and later her teacher certification from Denver University. Previously the project director for the Children’s Action Agenda, her work has led to policies that improve learning and opportunities for Colorado’s children.

This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference.  Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Innovative, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Mestiza/o Pedagogy for Mexican American Students, K-20 and Beyond (VIDEO)

December 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Genie Canales

The Mestiza/o worldview—a synthesis of American Indian and Spanish values—finds expression in the cultural values of contemporary Mexican Americans. These include allocentrism, simpatía, respeto, personalismo, familism, and dynamic gender roles. This interactive session will promote a Mestiza/o pedagogy created by incorporating Mexican American values into a holistic teaching model, namely, the 4MAT Model. Mexican American students’ motivation to learn is a function of 4 different questions (learning styles): “Why (should I learn this)?” “What (do I need to learn)?” “How (do I apply what I learned)?” and “What if (I imagine scenarios with what I’ve learned that are currently non-existent)?”Attendees will participate as “students” in a simulated lesson addressing these learning styles through a Mestiza/o lens. The information will be valuable not only for teaching Mexican Americans but also individuals from other cultural groups as well as other historically marginalized groups because the pedagogy of the 4MAT Model can be integrated—consciously or not–with any given worldview.

 

This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference.  Find out about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Genie Canales

The eldest of three daughters, I’m a tejana–a Mexican American from Texas. I grew up in San Antonio—fortunately, in a bilingual, bicultural home. I have one son I love more than anything. My Ph.D. is in Social Psychology. Having recently completed 20 years at the University of Northern Colorado, I am a tenured Professor in the Hispanic Studies department, where I teach in the Mexican American Studies program. My courses  include “Mexican American Gender Roles” and “Education of Mexican American Students.” My current research project is the creation of a checklist of criteria for evaluating the degree of cultural relevance and appropriateness of the theories and methods used to conduct research with Mexican Americans. My overarching research interest is in factors associated with academic success among Chicana/o undergraduates. The two service activities I created on campus that have brought me the greatest satisfaction have been the UNC Social Justice Theatre and the annual Festival Chicana/o de Artes.

What is EducacionAlternativa.org? / ¿Qué es EducacionAlternativa.org? (VIDEO)

December 19, 2010 at 8:20 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Mari Luce Fernández and María Payán

EducacionAlternativa.org is the learner-centered education herald in Spanish. We invite educators, parents, and people interested in learner-centered education to become familiar with EducacionAlternativa.org and to join us in our effort to bring alternative education concepts to Spanish speaking communities.
EducacionAlternativa.org es centro y portal en español de la educación centrada-en-el-estudiante. Invitamos a educadores, madres/padres, y personas interesadas en la educación centrada-en-el-estudiante a familiarizarse con EducacionAlternativa.org y unirse a nuestros esfuerzos de llevar los conceptos de la educación alternativa a las comunidades de habla Hispana.

This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference.  Find out more about this year’s conference (en Español), “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Mari Luce Fernández and María Payán are co-founders of EducacionAlternativa.org, a learner-centered information and resource center directed to Spanish-speaking communities. Mari Luce’s education and background is in elementary education and has served as a teacher on both the public and private sector. She is a mother of two and has put in practice her alternative education philosophy for over 10 years. María Payán is the webmaster and technical arm of the organization as well as the researcher and gatherer of all information and resources presented at the website. María’s background is in administration and has supported various profit and non-profit organizations since 1982. Mari Luce and María started working together in 2005 at Casa Sudbury, the first Sudbury-model school in Puerto Rico. The school evolved into EducacionSudbury.org, an informational and educational center on this and similar education philosophies. Currently Mari Luce lives in Maryland and María lives in Puerto Rico and they meet regularly through “skype.”

*Versión en Español

Mari Luce Fernández y María Payán son co-fundadoras de EducacionAlternativa.org, un centro de información y recursos de educación centrada en el estudiante, dirigido al público de habla hispana. Mari Luce cuenta con estudios de bachillerato y maestría en educación y ha laborado como maestra a nivel público (Federal) y privado. Es una madre de dos niñas y ha puesto en práctica su filosofía en educación alternativa por más de 10 años. María Payán es la creadora de la página web y brazo técnico de la organización, así como investigadora y recopiladora de material destinado al portal. María cuenta con vasta experiencia administrativa y ha apoyado varias organizaciones con y sin fines de lucro desde 1982. Mari Luce y María comenzaron a colaborar juntas en el año 2005 en Casa Sudbury, la primera escuela Sudury en Puerto Rico. La escuela ha evolucionado a convertirse en el portal EducacionSudbury.org, un centro de información y educación sobre ésta y similares filosofías educativas. En la actualidad Mari Luce reside en Maryland, EEUU y María en Puerto Rico y se reúnen regularmente via “skype.”

An Indigenous Perspective on Gender Orientations (VIDEO)

December 19, 2010 at 8:09 am | Posted in AERO, AERO Conference, AERO Online Video Series | Leave a comment
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Four Arrows, aka Don Trent Jacobs

To help combat the ignorance and hate that exists in the world regarding alternative gender orientations, this application of Indigenous wisdom is shared with all. Focusing on Howard Gardner’s principles for changing minds, and referring to the traditional ways of knowing of all our ancestors whose wisdom is based on observation and reflection on natural systems, this workshop will help assure your “alternative” education does not side-step this important topic and its relevance to many other social and ecological justice issues.

 

This workshop was held at the 7th annual AERO conference.  Find out more about this year’s conference, “Transforming Education & Our World” at www.educationrevolution.org/conference.html

Four Arrows is a professor at Fielding Graduate University and author of sixteen books, including The Authentic Dissertation: Alternative Ways of Knowing, Research and Representation(Routledge, 2008) and Unlearning the Language of Conquest(University of Texas Press, 2006) in addition to invited chapters forEducation as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schooling and Battleground Schools. He has doctorates in both health psychology and in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Indigenous worldviews.

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