How can schools use time differently, to provide better experiences for students?
Generation Schools Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, Jonathan Spear, was featured in an Alliance for Excellent Education webinar on September 23. Panelists from around the country discussed how time can be used differently to better meet the needs of students, teachers and prepare students for life beyond high school. Spear explained how Generation Schools Network™ (GSN) goes beyond rethinking the traditional school day and year to provide 30% more learning time and then uses this time to focus on whole student development and teacher effectiveness.
The webinar was prompted by schools and districts throughout the country considering how time might be used differently to create innovative models, transforming the learning experience for young people, particularly those who have been poorly served by the education system. Generation Schools Network is seen as a leader in the field. Spear explained how the Generation School Model’s sensible use of time provides students a wide-variety of experiences and scaffold supports, while at the same time providing teachers time for daily collaborative planning. He discussed ways the rethinking of time can be coupled with a rethinking of staff responsibilities, so teachers can work in teams, leveraging each other’s strengths to change outcomes for students. GSN has demonstrated that shifting mindset, structures, practices and policies around student and teacher time are critical and begins the process toward making significant changes that better prepare students for the 21st century.
The other panelists were Buddy Berry, Superintendent of the Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky; Apolinar Marroquin, Principal at Granite Hills High School in Porterville, California, and Bob Rothman, Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education.
To listen to the webinar visit: http://all4ed.org/webinar-event/sep-23-2014/