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Simple answers to difficult issues about learning and learners internationally at pK-12 levels
Gyori Ildiko
The traditional educational model was designed in the industrial age of the 20th century. That model is outdated for various reasons. This paper introduces a case study of a project, "The S-Cool Days Program," which applies new routines to reframe those aspects. The program was implemented in two European countries, in three different school types--one American School, a school start-up and a traditional public school. The activities are introduced by creative art and craft sessions, are engaging enough to invite students to present their passion projects in the classroom, to take the first steps towards purpose-driven learning, learn how to focus on monitoring and expressing of emotions, among other things. The program supports the 4C's that the 21st-century skills education is supposed to focus on: the creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. This paper shares insights from participating teachers and what changes they identified in the classroom.

Inclusivity Through Asynchronous Interactions that Extend Past Barriers to Education
Jonathan Spackman
This paper explores a case study of how educators reach out to and edify individuals behind barriers to educational opportunities. The scope of this paper does not address all barriers to education, but researches three: distance as a barrier that keeps a student physically distanced from the classroom, time as a barrier that forces communication to be asynchronous, and extendibility as a barrier that begs the question, “Can a teacher’s influence be satisfactorily extended through the barriers of distance and time?” Edifying, within this interpretive frame, is defined as inviting the alma mater presence, guiding the learning experience, and revealing the previously out of reach or concealed context to the learner. Through an examination of artifacts and conducting of interviews, five themes describe how one organization successfully reaches out to and edifies learners behind the barriers of distance, time, and extendibility. These themes are the significance of feedback, overcoming the burden of asynchronicity, genuine concern for the student, true to brand, and cost consciousness.

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Steve Carson

Associate Director, Membership Management, J-WEL
Stephen Carson is Associate Director, Membership Management for the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) at MIT. Before joining the J-WEL team, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Program Business Development for OPENPediatrics (http://openpediatrics.org... Read More →

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