UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Corwin (November 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1483365751
- ISBN-13: 978-1483365756
- Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
Editorial Reviews Review “Too often, school improvement initiatives layer activities upon cultures andsystems that are not ready to receive them. Uncommon Learning rejects thenotion that something must be done in addition, and instead begins withchanging the foundational culture of a school–consistent with NASSP’sBreaking Ranks Framework for School Improvement. Countless schools–and moreimportant, countless students–will no doubt benefit from the guidance Ericshares.”–JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director, National Association ofSecondary School Principals “In Digital Leadership, Eric Sheninger trail blazed the path many educationalleaders followed to become digitally connected and now, in Uncommon Learning,he gets right to the heart of exactly what we need to do to create schoolsdesigned to empower today’s students. Eric doesn’t just talk about change; hehas actually led change in his system and his story is both inspirational andfilled with practical tips for implementation.”–Dave Burgess, New YorkTimes Best Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE and co-author of P is Pirate:Inspirational ABC’s for Educators “Eric’s vision and collection of resources to create a student-centredlearning experience for schools is something that all educators should read.Although he shares great ideas on what opportunities could look like, hechallenges us to push our own thinking of what school could really look likeand move forward to become the innovative educators our students need.”–George Couros, Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant “For the past several years, Eric’s mission has been to find effective ways touse technology to improve student performance. In ‘Uncommon Learning -Creating Schools That Work For Kids’ he shares the most impactful practices hehas found. These practices provide a guide to move school reform, usingtechnology, from a concept to a reality.” –Dr. Bill Daggett, Chairman andFounder, International Center for Leadership in Education “Get rid of excuses. Stop having conversations. Start taking action. UncommonLearning is the guidebook that will get schools from apathy to action, fromignorance to influence, from the status quo to supercharged with excitement.Eric Sheninger has written another winner.”–Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher),Author, Reinventing Writing Host, The Every Classroom Matters Show “Every educator who truly wants to maximize the learning opportunity for everystudent will benefit from the thought provoking questions, challenges andsolutions Eric provides in UnCommon Learning. He artfully provides a roadmapfor creating a bold new vision for learning for both educators and studentsthrough empowerment, mindset change, blended learning, re-designinginstructional practices through a true integration of digital strategies toenable students to be creative, problem solvers and owners of their learning.His lessons learned and those of teachers will provide schools with thefoundation for transforming their schools for uncommon learning.”–SusanGendron, President, International Center for Leadership in Education “This is one of the very few, really good books about digital learning – notjust because of its clear and informative examples and rich cache of tools,but because its experienced and multi-award winning author, Eric Sheninger,explains how to develop and implement digital learning, indeed all learning,in a balanced, sustainable and self-critical way. Unlike most pro-technologybooks, this passionate yet practical book is more about the zen of changingthan about the zealotry of what must be changed. Teachers, leaders and changeagents in education everywhere should put this book right at the top of theirreading lists.”–Andy Hargreaves, Winner of Boston College Excellence inTeaching with Technology Award, 2015 Brennan Chair, Lynch School of Education, Boston College “With a strikingly fresh and practical perspective, Eric Sheninger takescontemporary learning to a new level of possibility with UnCommon Learning:Creating Schools That Work for Kids. Educators throughout the world agree thatwe need to support “right-now” learners, but the big question is HOW totransform the schools in our own communities. Eric has created a modernleading-manual which promises to be a must have classic for principals,headmasters, administrators, parents, and teachers. If our students read thebook they will find an advocate. Sheninger’s thinking on learning communities,curriculum, digital tools, networking, and makerspaces is genuinely designedto work for kids of all ages.”–Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Author and internationalexpert on contemporary curriculum and instruction “UnCommon Learning is a book that is long overdue! In this most important bookfor educators at all levels, Eric Sheninger has put into writing what he has”preached’ all over the country for years – that in order to effectivelymaximize student learning, the technology that is all around us cannot beignored but instead must be incorporated into the classroom learning process.UnCommon Learning will prove to be a game-changer for how we educatechildren!”– Baruti Kafele Principal, Education Consultant, Speaker,Author “There is a growing movement in this country and others to use what we havelearned over the decades about effective teaching and learning to design thenext generation of classrooms and schools. Eric Sheninger’s new book is awelcome addition that movement. He adeptly walks the line between practicalstrategies and motivating visions of the near and distant future.”– RobertJ. Marzano, CEO, Marzano Research “In this urgent and practical book, Eric Sheninger argues that technology mustbecome as central to students’ learning as it is in the ‘real’ world. UncommonLearning will teach educational leaders how to integrate technology into theclassroom in ways that reflect today’s complex, feedback-rich digitalenvironment.”–Daniel H. Pink, Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind “Sheninger, in UnCommon Learning, identifies key areas for growth within ourcurrent school systems. Most importantly, he lays out a simple and intentionalpath to addressing these areas with the goal of improving learning and theoverall school experience for students. Educators, regardless of their rolewithin a school, can use this text as a guide to create optimal learningenvironments for their students with the ultimate goal of creating schoolsthat provide current, relevant and engaging learning experiences.”–JoshStumpenhorst (@stumpteacher), Award Winning Teacher and author of The NewTeacher Revolution “Unlike so many experts offering prescriptions for our beleaguered schools,Eric Sheninger has walked the walk, running an actual school and striving eachday to make it better. In UnCommon Learning, his ideas, born out of realexperience, not wishful thinking, will resonate with smart educators who haveseen the Next Big Thing come and go with little to show. Our kids deserve tobe surrounded by educators like Sheninger who are willing to examine their ownprejudices and practices, then think long and hard about what needs tochange.”–Greg Toppo, National Education writer and author of The GameBelieves in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter “UnCommon Learning is a great look at the six most important EdTech trends inschools that work for kids: online and blended learning, BYOD, badges, maker,professional learning, and new learning environments. Eric lays out eight keysteps to creating UnCommon Learning environments. Don’t miss it!”–TomVander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart “Schools today are at a disadvantage when it comes to educating today’slearner, which necessitates a corrective plan of action. Eric provides notonly ideas, but also practical strategies that have been implemented to createthe type of learning that students crave and deserve. This book will changethe way you think about school structure and function in an increasinglydigital world.”–Todd Whitaker, Professor of Educational Leadership andauthor of over 30 books, including What Great Teachers Do Differently “For students to succeed in today’s fast changing world, schools must jointechnology and teaching to prepare students with relevant knowledge andskills. Bringing passionate commitment and vast practical experience,Sheninger lays out concrete ideas and strategies for every school to transformlearning to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students. This isa must-read for practitioners and policymakers.” –Bob Wise, President,Alliance for Excellent Education “Educational transformation can happen and this book tells how. In UnCommonLearning, former teacher and school principal Eric Sheninger shares practicalstrategies and processes to create sustainable positive changes to betterserve our children.”–Yong Zhao, Author of World Class Learners and NeverSend a Human to Do a Machine’s Job About the Author Eric Sheninger is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP). He also maintains a presence as a practitioner by serving as the K-12 Director of Technology and Innovation in the Spotswood School District (NJ). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model formoving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of thePillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiatesustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emergedas an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. Hismain focus is the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools tofacilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhancepublic relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity,transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally. Eric is a CDE Top 30 award recipient (2014), Bammy Award winner (2013), NASSPDigital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient(2012), winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award(2012), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011Conference Scholar. He has authored and co-authored the following: Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, co-created theEdscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to theNSBA “20 to Watch” list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine alsoidentified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014. He nowpresents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace andeffectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal’s Reflections, wasselected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. Itwas also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 bySmartbrief Education.
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