Over the past few months, I have seen prominent names such as Oprah, Obama, and Bill Gates immersed in education chatter. Even Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has grabbed attention with his $100 million dollar donation to Newark schools. On television, shows like School Pride is borrowing the Extreme Makeover concept of remodeling, but with entire school campuses. NBC made a strong push to make education on the top of their issues with Education Nation. Even names like Rhee, Weingarten, and Canada have become household names in political education chatter. And of course, nothing has stirred more discussion than the documentary Waiting for Superman. I am calling this Attention “Education”, because this is one of the rare moments I have seen education as a major topic of discussion. This post is not intended to analyze anyone’s or any organization’s ultimate motivation for education reform (#edreform), but highlighting the fact that education has become the new trend. I have even heard in many contexts that education is the next big industry. However way you spin it, either from business, non-profit, philanthropic or private motivations, I am enthusiastic about the energy and attention finally put on education. How it plays out in the next few years will be certainly intriguing? I am certainly not going to sit around to watch; instead I am diving right into the big blue ocean called Attention “Education”.
There are many “new” schools opening up all over the world offering different, alternative, out-of-the-box and innovative approaches toward the education model. I wanted to keep a list of schools that I want to evaluate and research even further. I have heard of these schools in various contexts and open to add more to this list.
- TEP Charter School – Paying teachers a salary of $125,000 and a bonus structure up to $25,000.
- Harlem Children’s Zone – Tackling education on all fronts of the community.
- Rocketship – Offering a hybrid school model where students meet with teachers on block schedules and then have learning lab time with an adaptive learning management system. Lowers cost of operation model.
- School of One – Uses learning algorithm technology to provide customized curriculum for each student.
- MATCH Charter – Established a MATCH Corps program where new teachers go through a residency on their first year of service.
- New Tech Networks – Getting lots of press with the 21st century learning model of collaborative, project-based, and technology-based curriculum.
- Generation Schools – Urban education offering small class sizes, lesser teacher workloads and more professional development. Teachers have staggered-vacations which gives students a 200-day school year.
- Kunskapsskolan – School in Sweden well known for its personalized approach to education.