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Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1118076826
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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 can—and should—change 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 administrators—in all schools both private and public—examine 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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118076826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118076828
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll keep this short... These are difficult times for schools of all stripes, but public schools especially. The world is changing quickly, and all schools, inevitably, will have to change with it. If you're an educator interested in this moment of complex challenge yet amazing opportunity, you can spend your time reading "digital" this or "transformation" that. I've pretty much read them all (and written a couple as well.) But if you want to stay focused on what really matters in schools, the cultures, the people, the life changing experiences, and, most importantly, the deep, powerful, essential learning that kids can do when they are in places of joy and care and passion, then just read this book. More a guide than a road map, the 95 theses that Chris and Zac lay out will make you question school as we know it, and they'll make you yearn for school as it could be, a place to truly educate our students for the very different world they will live in. It's an important, important read.
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I can only wish I had the chops to have written Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need.

I read a lot of books, many on the current state and future of K-12 education, best practices of organizational change and innovation, and the nature of creative individuals and organizations. I don't recommend a lot of "must reads"; perhaps 1-2 a year. For two groups--educators who passionately want to implement real transformational change that will immediately benefit their students, and a more general public that recognizes that the fundamental structure of K-12 education fails to meet the needs of the rising generation--this book is a "must, must read".

Co-author Chris Lehmann is the founding principal at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia; co-author Zac Chase taught English at SLA for eight years and is now an educational consultant. I have met Chris and interacted briefly with him over the past several years, and I cited SLA as an exemplar school in #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education. (Disclosure: both books were proudly published by Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand.) I continue to cite SLA as perhaps the iconic high school in America. It is a public school of choice; serves a highly diverse student population; is housed in an extremely modest physical facility; struggles with the turbid politics and terminal underfunding of a big city school district; and consistently produces graduates who matriculate to a wide range of selective colleges and universities, not because of their test scores (SLA offers no AP courses, for example) but because these kids have learned how to own their own learning and thinking through a rigorous course of work built upon their passions, interests, and understanding of the world in which they live.
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This book is a masterfully articulated list of the key elements required to create the type of schools we need all children to learn in. If you're looking for the recipe for making the next generation of schools, this is it. And the relevant and practical examples leave us no excuse not to put these ideas into practice.
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Building School 2.0, How to Create the Schools We Need, is a phenomenal read for anyone with an interest in education done the right way. One of the simplest quotes from the book lays a foundation as to why these ideas are important, "In the schools we need, teachers teach not as they were taught, but as students need to learn." Each theses within the book provides a deeper context into how to truly create and support student centered and driven spaces. What makes this book phenomenal is that it steers away from being preachy and instead is carefully written to be practical enough so that any reader can follow along, see themselves within the context and reflect to change if needed. This happens through the "theory to practice" sections that conclude each theses.

Building School 2.0 a book that can be read beginning to end in a couple of days because the stories shared by Zac and Chris are so mesmerizing that you want to read and not put it down, while pulling quotes to share throughout reading. With that said, it's also a book that doesn't have to read beginning to end, especially after the first reading. You can easily marinate on the section that speaks to your specific area of thinking.

I would definitely recommend Building School 2.0 to those looking to understand how to make small changes that could lead to greater impact as well as those who love and understand the true meaning of individualized, inquiry based progressive education. I take that back. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in learning. It's that great.
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This book is inspiring, educative, and fun to read! Chase and Lehmann's writing style is readable and enjoyable. They're getting some great conversations going. I can't wait to see where this book goes in furthering the larger conversation on education in America. I will be buying this for many of my teacher and administrator friends/family.
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As a college professor, I'm planning to use this book in a class about the structure of schooling. It provides a vision for a better, more ethical, more authentic type of school that students deserve. However, many books do that. What makes this book different is that it's written from two people who have actually lived this vision and modified this vision through the years they spent serving and listening to students. I highly respect both Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase for the integrity, depth of thought, and kindness they bring to the profession. Both of them have lived out authentic learning as leaders, teachers, and thinkers.
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