Reimagining Curriculum

Heirlooms of Gratitude: Growing Opportunities and Skills through Culinary Enterprise

  "Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want." —Jim Rohn The...
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Heirlooms of Gratitude: Growing Opportunities and Skills through Culinary Enterprise

What “Drives” Student Learning? What my son reminded me about teaching and learning

In this awkward era of "distance" or "virtual" learning, teachers have been forced to drastically change their teaching. They are...
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What “Drives” Student Learning? What my son reminded me about teaching and learning

Heart/Mind Questions Are A Personalized Learning Option

  Heart/Mind questions are a personalized learning option that honors the student’s process of learning at the moment teaching is...
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Heart/Mind Questions Are A Personalized Learning Option

Planning For The Fall: First Steps to Co-Creating a Curriculum Story

Some might expect that as I head back to school this year that the only, singular thing on my mind...
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Planning For The Fall: First Steps to Co-Creating a Curriculum Story

What Does It Mean to Reimagine Curriculum?

Curriculum is a creative act — a journey we design to inspire and excite our students.

This category features how educators are leading transformations of an individual course, subject area, or schooling with their students. The goal is to offer curricular space for students to imagine, create, and innovate; pay attention to detail, practice, hone skills; and work through challenges that require both perseverance and thinking flexibly. All three of these categories are significant and interrelated.

Ideally, personalized learning curricula:

  • Identify goals of learning based on state/ministry/national frameworks that is written in student-friendly language
  • Develop questions or challenges that encourage students to think, problem-solve, and imagine
  • Design performance or product opportunities that mirror what people in the field and communities do
  • Use existing and seek out new assessment/instructional resources to support the development of every learner.

Heirlooms of Gratitude: Growing Opportunities and Skills through Culinary Enterprise

  "Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want." —Jim Rohn The CROP Foundation is a young organization, just finding its roots in the local community. Incorporating gratitude into the very foundation of the program helps students understand their larger role in the community ecosystem. CROP, which stands for "creating opportunities", was established by Chef Kip Poole in 2014, when he was working as a culinary arts...

What “Drives” Student Learning? What my son reminded me about teaching and learning

In this awkward era of "distance" or "virtual" learning, teachers have been forced to drastically change their teaching. They are working harder than ever to try to help their students and are turning to digital and media resources in an effort to provide information to students as an attractive alternative to handouts, textbooks, and other traditional classroom learning tools. Teachers are hunting down digital and media resources that already exist as well as spending hours...

Heart/Mind Questions Are A Personalized Learning Option

  Heart/Mind questions are a personalized learning option that honors the student’s process of learning at the moment teaching is occurring. To rob our students of this chance of self-discovery or reflection is to take away the power of the moment. For learning to be significant, it must be processed, reflected upon, and made authentic by our students’ own choices, by their own recognition of what is most important to them as they learn. In...

Planning For The Fall: First Steps to Co-Creating a Curriculum Story

Some might expect that as I head back to school this year that the only, singular thing on my mind is the worry of the Coronavirus. To acknowledge this, I would share that I am actively studying safety measures, and that I am fortunate to work in a school district that has methodically planned for our students’ safety. While I know that teaching in the time of a pandemic will feel new and perhaps, even...

Responsive Return Strategies: Crafting Fresh Approaches to Schedules, Grouping of Students and Teachers and Shaping Both Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces

Part 4 of a 4-Part Series By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison Zmuda The summer of 2020 is not a vacation for many educators who continue to work tirelessly to engage with their community on how to open school for the upcoming year. Each school and district continues to receive guidance from state, ministry, and national governments which may change suddenly given the unpredictability of the pandemic. In addition, the reality of implementing governmental guidelines...

What Does Virtual Learning Look Like with Our Youngest Students?

  A Conversation with Lower School Principal Geoff Heney of Hong Kong International School Geoff is a teacher who has taught primary students in Ottawa, Canada in between international experiences in Seoul, Korea and Shanghai, China. In the past 13 years, he has been a counselor and principal in Doha, Qatar, and is currently the lower primary principal at his present home at Hong Kong International School. By Allison Zmuda, Bena Kallick, and Lorena Kelly....

Taming Tensions through Design

  By Aaron Roberts, Eric Chagala, and Allison Zmuda While the disruption to school has been difficult, disheartening, and exhausting, there also are flashes of possibility, imagination, and curiosity to design again rather than return to an old design that was built for a different time. Why are we feeling hopeful? Well, for starters, we have noticed the national trend toward empathy. Community members with kids at home are empathizing with the daily challenges of...

A Turbulent Flight into a New World of Learning

It was July 2007 and I was on a red-eye flight from Argentina to San Antonio. Halfway into the flight...BAM! A loud noise ignited causing the plane to shake. Instantaneously, passengers awoke in a panic and unconscious state of mind. As I awoke my first thought was, "Please let this be a dream." To my displeasure, it was not. As I braced for the worst, panicked and dysregulated, I tried to keep a level head....

7 Questions to Ask in Our Transition Plans

First published on Digigogy and reprinted with permission. It’s been a little over a month for many school communities and we’re still facing weeks, if not months, of continued remote learning. But we also have our sights set on what’s next as we prepare for what is after right now. We’re grappling with some old questions that now have a renewed focus: How do we invite students into the plan? Listening to and acting on student...

Building the Future Now: Deciding What to Cut, What to Keep and What to Create

By Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Allison ZmudaPart Two in a Four-Part Series  As the school year is winding to a close and everyone is desperate for a break, looking toward the opening of school next year is already causing unease. Throughout the world, educators face a critical challenge: how to design aspirational and future forward (post-pandemic) learning experiences rather than a temporary fix (triage). In our first blogpost in this four part series, we proposed...