All posts tagged: inquiry

One Good Question with Mike DeGraff: Are schools destroying the maker movement?

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College / Education Equity / One Good Question

This post is part of a series of interviews with international educators, policy makers, and leaders titled “One Good Question.”  These interviews provide answers to my One Good Question (outlined in About) and uncover new questions about education’s impact on the future. In what ways do our investments in education reveal our beliefs about the next generation’s role in the world? There was a call for 100,000 STEM teachers in the US, and since then there […]

Didn’t get the answers you wanted in 2015? Maybe you’re asking the wrong questions

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One Good Question / Questions

I started 2015 asking, what, I thought, was a bold, reflective question for the year.  It was our first morning in Havana, and we were introduced to the ceiba tree and her place in Cuban history : meetings, prayer, dreams, wishes, gratitude.  I took a solemn walk around the ceiba tree three times, asking for clarity for the year ahead. My professional and love lives were exploding in ways that felt beyond me.  I hoped that […]

Tensions in formal vs. informal education solutions

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Education Equity / International Education / Questions

During the break-out sessions at the GNF Women’s Forum, I participated in “Leaders as entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs as leaders” and “Innovations & challenges in education” and was pleasantly surprised to hear how the conversations blended so seamlessly.  Entrepreneurs from around the globe raised questions about the role of formal education in preparing youth to lead.  “How can we teach our students differently?  How can they learn to harness the opportunities in their environment?  How can they […]

Developing Student Agency Improves Equity and Access

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Education Equity / International Education

In the summer of 2006, I moved my family from Brooklyn, New York, to St. Louis, Missouri, and began searching for the right learning community for my children and myself. On the heels of teaching in Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), I found that most urban schools were expecting minority students from low socio-economic communities to consume knowledge and not inform it. I started my own inquiry into school design. What if we offered the […]