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It’s time to change the story…edu180atl begins

August 1, 2011

In my last post, I said I thought that stories would be the key to transforming schools. I’m not alone. Just this weekend, I read many great posts related to the Save Our Schools March (wish I could have been there) saying very similar things—stories can change the debate, now is the time to get involved, and it’s going to take everyone’s help make this happen.

This seems like perfect timing to me, since today, a new project begins that has been designed by the start to focus on stories of learning, and getting every member of the community into the conversation about education and learning. Here’s a preview:

The project is edu180atl and the idea is simple, every school day this year, one resident of Atlanta—a student, teacher, parent, or community member—will post a photograph and a 250 word reflection on the question: “What did you learn today?” These stories, told by kindergartners and college students, artists and mathematicians, and learners of all ages will hopefully help us to remember the the purpose of schools, the deep value of learning, and push us to find and share our own everyday stories of learning.

  • 180 voices. 180 stories.
    The mission of the edu180atl project is to nurture and encourage the spirits of those who love to learn, to connect learners across disciplines and settings, and to deepen the national conversation about education by enabling parents, students, and educators to share stories of what they are learning every day.
  • This project is hugely personal for me—I’ve been a part of it since the very beginning with a conversation on twitter during a very snowy week. I’ve worked on this project with an incredible cohort of passionate educators, and simply been amazed by the rich collaboration we’ve developed through working this amazing, multifaceted project. Truly this project has modeled the learning I wish for my students—connect with others, embrace challenges, design and prototype, learn from mistakes and try again. And already we have much to show for our efforts—just check out the incredible stories of learning from our April beta site.

    I can’t wait to see how the story of this project will continue to unfold, and read all the stories of learning that it will highlight. When will you share your story?


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