- 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: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need 1st Edition
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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
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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. In short, the SLA community has co-developed an incredibly successful yet flexible model for truly transformational learning that can and should be scaled across America; the lack of this scaling reflects American society's collective failure and inertia. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Zac, but I have found Chris to be on of the most honest, insightful, courageous, hold-no-punches educators we have.
Cloning educators like Chris and Zach may, in fact, be the limiting factor to scaling up SLA-type schools.The next best thing to a clone is the clone's DNA, which is what Chris and Zac have shared in Building Schools 2.0, not in broad theory, but in practical, direct terms that any school or set of school educator-leaders can embrace. The book overtly borrows the template of one of history's most provocative reformers, Martin Luther. There are 95 theses in this book, each comprising a few pages of honest, pithy, and in my opinion, absolutely spot-on arguments for why each thesis is a pathway to great learning for more kids with diverse life experiences. Each short chapter winds up with several equally direct, succinct, practical, activities or actions that educators can implement the very next day to begin to shift their own practice and/or that of those around them.
The theses are almost all pertinent and helpful; a few examples:
"Vision must live in practice"
"'What's good' is better than `what's new'"
"Don't admire the problem"
"Stop deficit model thinking"
"There are no sick or snow days"
...and many more. Each thesis is weighty, yet the authors engagingly convey key elements of "what", "why", and "what to do about it" in very few words.
For non-educators, the arguments are so direct and, frankly, obvious, that it gives both clarity and hope to the premise that, yes, we can actually change K-12 education in America and that the path lies not with acts of Congress, the Department of Education, State legislatures, school district administrators, highly publicized and overpaid pundits, or the "next big thing" canned by educational theorists and for-profit publishers. The answers lie within a range of highly actionable practices by the thousands of well-intentioned, hopeful, generally under-resourced and over-commanded educators who inhabit our classrooms and school offices, and who are begging for the system to change.
Must a school or educator adopt all 95 theses in order to truly change? Absolutely not. What resonated so powerfully with me were the range and number of the 95 theses that exactly mirror what I see as key levers for transformation in the schools I am fortunate to work with, ranging from the most selective, well-funded independent schools to highly underserved public schools. There is no one cookbook recipe that will work best for all schools; that is a myth that self-interested factions across the political and economic spectrum would have us believe. To me this book reads more like a catechism that calls on the reader to open to a page each day or week, reflect on the narrative and advice, and then just try some stuff that is proven to work.
I have been carving out what my own next book might be. I think I have identified 6-8 "big levers" that, if pressed strongly enough would collectively have the force to offset the inertia of an outdated system of education. After reading Building Schools 2.0, I am less sure that my next book is needed. It re-enforces for me that the true key to systematic school transformation is large-scale replication of the kind of knowledge and DNA that Chris and Zac share in this book.
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.
It would be fabulous to have teachers and students fully engaged in the educational process! If we all worked together as the educators in this book have done and still do, there would be less worry and more accomplished in our schools!
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1. Reaffirmed a lot of my thinking and practices.
2. Pushed my thinking even more.