community engagement

Today, every industry is powered by software. In my community, Codecraft Lab is an important connector and advocate for making sure every student has a chance to gain the software skills that she or he can use in any industry. While many jobs of the future don’t even exist yet, computer programming skills and concepts will help students excel at any job tomorrow. Design, advertising, acting,...
Our need statement reads: Fred and Bowen need to develop pilot programs to build more support for student centered learning. The design process for developing pilot programs that we generated through our 3rd Space experiences was a model for the plan we designed. This plan can be used for different types of collaborative community education programs and can serve as a template for our student...
At the 3rd Space Conference in St. Louis, MO, July 9-13, TC Bowen Lee and Associate Director Fred Mindlin participated in a multi-site, multi-organization collaborative development experience, grounded in the responsive design model developed by the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project and the Cultural Landscape Collaboratory (CoLab). We discussed site needs for programmatic work that will support...
I'm working on a "vision piece" with this title, gathering thoughts for the upcoming CoLab 3rd Space Conference, and I'd love any feedback folks have. Collecting Threads, Weaving Community/Colgando hebras, tejiendo comunidad Weaving the threads of the Common Core into the fabric of our community/Enhebrando los hilos del Básico Común en la tela de nuestra comunidad a proposal for collaboration by...
This Iridescent Classroom video was created by Ira Socol for use by an Albemarle County Public Schools teacher team at the annual VASCD conference.  It represents invention, design, and innovation among educators who are pioneers in creating learning spaces that are multidimensional in nature, representing 4-D thinking about the learning work and play of young people in contemporary schools. The...
For digital learning day, I wanted to both celebrate the work of my students and explore the relationship between digital media and equity; how do we use digital media to enhance academic instruction, while also teaching for transformation?
Transformation is not something that happens overnight. This year, my high school seniors completed research projects that asked them to answer the question, “what problem do you see in your community, and what do you wish to develop in order to address this problem?”  Getting them to ask relevant questions took time, and creating a space where they felt empowered to love their community enough...

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