HIGH-IMPACT MOBILE CREW
We are not just any dispatched squad. We are a team committed to affirming permission to fail, harnessing creativity, and building character. We work with teachers by coming to them, building solutions out of their ideas and our shared brainstorming. We draw on philosophy, design science, engineering, technology, and–oh yes–the elusive imagination.
Why the need for the team?
In an age of standardized testing, the burgeoning sense of failure, and the need to control teachers instead of enabling them and the creative insight of their work, we are a cross boundary relief squad, parachuted in to unify, stabilize, and re-invigorate.
CHARACTER CREATIVITY CHANGE
The pace of change today is momentous. Between Wolfram Alpha and Aurasma, NoTosh and Nueva School, the models and possibilities are limitless–from high-touch to high-tech, from start-ups in high school to robotics in kindergarten. Building long-term memory, using iPads for world languages, incorporating e-portfolios, metacognition through self-evaluation, seeing character as the foundation for education reform, implementing visual thinking strategies–we draw on design thinking, integrative thinking, mindset research, and character development, to name just a few of the tool kits we pull from. The landscape is changing, the mountain of discovery looms vast and high, and yet we show the footholds are the same. We need to trust ourselves, breathe deep, and embrace the multiplicity.
Why the journey terms?
Education is a journey of discovery. And our compasses as educators guide us as we find new tools to instruct and teach our students. The rethinkED team is part-explorer, pioneering the edges of the abyss, part-Bernese Mountain Dog, helping others along with us. We are boundary crossers, a mountain rescue team on a mission to find, reinvigorate and sustain human learning in its most robust forms. Along the way we draw on tools, unearth the research to back them, the ability to manipulate them, and the time to play and lead the way.
RESEARCH INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIP
The rethinkED team is a pilot, a first year model, i.e. we’re getting down, dirty, messy, testing the waters, experimenting. Coupled with that, we hold ourselves to a high level of accountability to the teachers we work with to finish a job, make it a job well done, and present all promised deliverables into re-usable finished products. Why? The rethinkED team is in the build-out phase of a public-private model that brings together top-tier education research institutions with surrounding public and private schools through a mobile team. For the long term: create reusable case studies, road maps, resource sites, dialogue platforms, and spaces for experimentation that cross disciplines and boundaries to catalyze educators into the future.
Who are we?
We are graduate students in one of the top-ranked schools of education in the world. We are people going deep, very deep, into a field of study, who have experience teaching and advising students as well as teaching teachers. We work across languages, and our backgrounds cross international waters. We are, as Tim Brown termed it, T people: we go deep into specialties and wide across disciplines. We are not engineers, scientists, designers, business executives, or economists. We are educators. But our expertise and understanding runs far and wide and we are able to access the knowledge bases of these many sectors, and leverage, as educators, the knowledge to create. something. great.