From the Inside Flap
All too often technology has become the focal point when discussing the school of the future. Rather than simply offering an examination of how using technology for classroom instruction changes education, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need offers a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces canand shouldchange in order to give students the education they deserve.
Building School 2.0 is based on the work done at Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and its founding principal Chris Lehmann and former SLA teacher Zac Chase. Lehmann and Chase reveal the challenges of changing how we educate our children and the techniques and approaches they employed to create a school that is technology-rich, collaborative, and learner-centric. As the authors explain, the best educational strategies enable networked learning that allows research, creativity, communication, and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society.
The model outlined in Building School 2.0 presents ninety-five theses that are designed to help educators and administratorsin all schools both private and publicexamine specific practices in their own schools. These ninety-five theses are written with the intention to open conversations and elicit questions for educators and administrators to explore with colleagues. Lehmann and Chase challenge educators, administrators, and parents to construct more modern and humane spaces for our most cherished resource: our students.
From the Back Cover
NINETY-FIVE PROPOSITIONS FOR CREATING MORE RELEVANT, MORE CARING SCHOOLS
The catchphrase "School 2.0" is often used by educators in order to help them think about what schools will look like in the future. Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need moves beyond a simple examination of using technology for classroom instruction, and instead offers a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces should change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by the use of technology.
Praise for Building School 2.0
"As founding fathers of Science Leadership Academy, Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase have issued a new Declaration of Learning from Philadelphia. Building School 2.0 calls for teachers and students to rise up from the tyranny of old schooling and create humane places for authentic learning and community involvement. At stake is more than just meeting state standards but the future of our democracy."
Milton Chen, education innovator and author of Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our School
"Lehmann and Chase bring the ruckus in this ode to effective school reflection. If you ever wonder what questions you should ask yourself as an aspiring administrator, a founder of a school, or a veteran educator in need of a spark, this book is for you to read. Have this next to your lamplight and reflect."
Jose Vilson, teacher and author of This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education
"How do we create schools that support inquiry and equity, that listen to teachers, to students, and to the community? How do we create schools that offer modern learning, infused with technology but not driven by programmed instruction? Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase have written a book that prompts educators to ask these questions for themselves and to examine their own pedagogical and administrative practices.… Building School 2.0 is an incredibly thought-provoking prompt for discussion and action about how we can how we must rethink school."
Audrey Watters, education writer, founder of Hack Education, and author of The Monsters of Education Technology
"This is a wise book, a loving book, a caring book. It stands as a testament to the spirit of the authors, and a representation of the soul of education as we would most like it to be."
Sam Chaltain, author of Our School and co-producer of the PBS documentary 180 Days: Hartsville