Personal Professional Development
“Planning the 21st Century School”

Chris Lehmann
Philadelphia, PA
Blog: http://www.practicaltheory.org/serendipity

Marcie Hull
Philadelphia, PA
Blog: http://ecram3.blogspot.com/

Presentation Title
“Planning the 21st Century School”

Bio (Chris Lehman)
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Chris has returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as the Technology Coordinator at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration. In 2001, Chris was honored by MOUSE (http://www.mouse.org)/ as a Champion of Technology and Education for his work on building the portal at the Beacon School. Chris has spoken at educational technology conferences all over the world, including the International Conference on Technology and Education in 1998 in Edinburgh, Scotland and at LinuxWorld 2000 in San Jose, California. Chris received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bio (Marcie Hull)
Marcie is the Technology Coordinator, fine arts teacher and technology teacher for the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her fine arts training along with obtaining her K-12 art teaching certificate and art history minor at Temple’s, Tyler School of Art. A year spent in Italy after college gained her more experience with paint and paining techniques. Marcie returned home and began working for the School District of Philadelphia in 2000. She quickly became a Technology Teacher Leader and developed a reputation as a proponent for technology development in her school for teachers and students. She was able to finish her masters for Technology in Education at Rosemont College in a year and a half. During this time Marcie also obtained a K-12 Pennsylvania Business Technology certification. She went on to become an adjunct professor for Rosemont College, in their Technology in Education Department. Last spring in 2006 Marcie was hired and became part of the founding staff of SLA. She currently writes a blog located at www.ecram3.blogspot.com, where she reflects upon the development of SLA and posts her thoughts and opinions about trends in education.

Description
In this presentation, Principal Chris Lehmann and Technology Coordinator Marcie Hull of the Science Leadership Academy talk with many of the founding members of the Science Leadership Academy, a new inquiry-driven, project-based science and technology high school in Philadelphia. The founding teachers spent seven months planning on and off-line to create curriculum that would take advantage of the progressive pedagogy and 1:1 laptop environment. Now in its first year, The SLA faculty is working to merge progressive, project-oriented pedagogy with 21st Century tools to create a unique opportunity for students in Philadelphia. The school uses moodle and elgg and other open source tools to create its web portal as well as borrowing many of the best teaching practices of the small schools movement, such as longer classes, essential questions and project-based learning to take the greatest advantage of the new technologies. One of the more unique pieces of the SLA planning process is that so much of it did happen online. The faculty spent all spring using a ‘course’ in moodle as its planning tool, meeting in weekly chat sessions, posting curriculum documents and collaborating in discussion forums to create a thirty-page curriculum guide that formed the backbone of the summer planning project. The faculty used the planning process as the conduit for learning how to use moodle, seeing first hand the power that it could have and therefore making it much easier to plan to use it in their own classrooms.

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/School2.0.2.mov

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11 Responses to “Personal Professional Development
“Planning the 21st Century School””

  1. Matthew Cinelli says:

    More impressive than the ideas and its technology, is that anyone got together to do this! The potential of progressive methods is bounded by the imagination of the practitioner. I’d like to stop in and see how you do it.

  2. Come by any time… we’re on 22nd and Arch.

  3. K12online Shanghai LAN party podcast #6…

  4. [...] Chris Lehmann and Marcie Hull created the ten minute video, “Planning the 21st Century School” for the 2006 K-12 Online Conference. I resonate with Chris’ observations that we need to restructure the school schedule and environment as a whole if we are going to effectively prepare students for the 21st century economy and workforce. It is not sufficient to merely try and overlay digital tools and resources on top of an existing school structure that is fundamentally organized around an industrial age, factory model of education. Perhaps nothing defines secondary education today in the United States as much as the bell schedule. Despite the ubiquity of bell schedules in U.S. high schools, it is amazing to see what diversity we have in schedules even across the same state. This diversity serves as a huge obstacle to collaboration when it comes to videoconferencing. Even states like Arkansas, which have a statewide videoconferencing network and three different providers for videoconference course content, do not have a standardized bell schedule. I know the school districts around Lubbock, Texas, (where I used to live) had worked out common bell schedules for many of the smaller districts for videoconferencing and course sharing, but this took many years of work to achieve that consensus. My perception is that in Oklahoma, where I now live, high school bell schedules are “all over the map” and there is not any regional or statewide uniformity. [...]

  5. Gary Brown says:

    Very inspiring!! Well done. I am the Head of ICT for a system of schools in NSW Australia. We have just built a new school based on the principles that your school has been. It was a greenfields site and we were able to address the design of the building, the learning construct the curriculum. It is a 1:1 school using Apple notebooks.I would love to come and visit your school.It sounds FANTASTIC. The link to our new school Corpus Christi High School is http://www.ccchs.woll.catholic.edu.au. Thank you again for this presentation.

  6. [...] We need to move towards what can be called ‘School 2.0′ which was, in fact, the subject of one of the presentations at the K12 Online Conference. I’d certainly echo what Marcie Hull says in that presentation about it being about utilizing technology, but with a recognition of the nature of change being at the core. It’s about helping students to deal with a world where virtually the only constant they will experience will be constant change! There is no point in perpetuating a pre-Internet system of education: knowledge is now ‘on-tap’ (via Google, etc.) It’s the way in which we connect and use this knowledge which is important… [...]

  7. [...] We need to move towards what can be called ‘School 2.0′ which was, in fact, the subject of one of the presentations at the K12 Online Conference. I’d certainly echo what Marcie Hull says in that presentation about it being about utilizing technology, but with a recognition of the nature of change being at the core. It’s about helping students to deal with a world where virtually the only constant they will experience will be constant change! There is no point in perpetuating a pre-Internet system of education: knowledge is now ‘on-tap’ (via Google, etc.) It’s the way in which we connect and use this knowledge which is important… [...]

  8. I wish I was 30 years younger so I could go to this school!…Oh wait…girl problems and other issues all over again…maybe not…but it does sound like a great experience for kids!

  9. Cheryl Oakes says:

    I’ve listened to information about this school as the vision has been transformed from the vision to the plan. I listened to the presentation from National Public Radio, where I was amazed at the topic, then listened to this k12online…. and other blog spots. The details that you and your staff are committed to really will make for the uniqueness of this school. I can’t wait until you are in year 2 and your year 1 students help to make the new students comfortable in this new kind of school.

  10. kiramatali shah says:

    Everyone has their favorite way of using the internet. Many of us search to find what we want, click in to a specific website, read what’s available and click out. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because it’s efficient. We learn to tune out things we don’t need and go straight for what’s essential.

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