Wednesday, October 17, 2012

kirsten olson - future of ed

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Join me Wednesay, October 17th, for a one-hour live and interview with Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded By School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up To Old School Culture. Kirsten is a leading writer in the U.S. describing education from a student's point of view.Wounded By School was a top-selling book at Teachers College Press last year, and was nominated for Book of the Year by Foreword.  Reviewers have called the book “brilliant, insightful, unsparing, hopeful.”

Kirsten is a founding board member of IDEA, Institute for Democratic Education in America, an emerging national not-for-profit linking youth and Progressive educational activists for educational transformation through community organizing and showcasing what is best in education. A leadership coach and organizational consultant at Old Sow Consulting, Kirsten currently works with school teams and individual school leaders nationally who are attempting to do transformational work in education, and create new conceptions of powerful learning and meaningful school communities. An experiential retreat leader with two-year facilitator training with Parker Palmer at the Center for Courage and Renewal, she frequently leads week-long residential and one-dayretreats on mindfulness for leaders, self-compassion, and "permissioning" in leadership and social action.

Kirsten holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an undergraduate degree from Vassar College and is a recent graduate of the Georgetown Center for Transformational Leadership.   She lives in Brookline, MA where her four children attended public school.

1: What would happen if we built systems on the idea that kids will find their ways to content through work that matters to them?

#2: Do we trust kids to learn what "matters" if they own that definition and we don't? No change in schools without an affirmative answer.

lovely dear.