This is a collection of adults and children's messages that challenge public school to become something more than it is - messages that dare public school to serve students' passions instead of politicians and vendors' coffers.
So many of the divisions and false notions of social order we cling to as adults are entrenched in the culture of public education. We want to take our next step in challenging that culture, and we ask for your help in helping us capture and share counter-narratives to today's test-addled, pop notions of schooling.

27th March 2014

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EmpowerED: Los Angeles Student Power 2014 →

For the first time ever, leaders from K-12 student unions, like the Chicago Students Union, Newark Students Union, Portland Student Union, and Providence Student Union, will all be in the same room this Saturday at USC, sharing their stories of student organizing for educational justice with students in the LA community and working with them to build the student power movement. Over 175 students in LA have already registered for the event. Be sure to tune into the livestream at 10 AM PST to witness student voice in action! This is one event you won’t want to miss.

Livestream is embedded on our website: http://empowerED2014.com/

25th March 2014

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Hundreds of Students & Faculty Occupy College Campus to Fight Cuts to Public Higher Ed

Published on Mar 24, 2014

University of Southern Maine student Meagan LaSala and professor Rachel Bouvier explain how cuts disproportionately target faculty and will trigger a decline in quality public eduction

See more videos: http://therealnews.com

17th June 2013

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(via Youth Voices Summer Program: Connected Learning with the NYC Writing Project on IncitED)
Fifteen students from the Bronx. A summer of connected learning that could change their lives — and change the way kids learn all across America. This summer the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) at Lehman College, CUNY will host a Youth VoicesSummer Program from July 8 through 25, 2013.
Too often in school, students are told what and how to learn. We think learning happens best when youth are given more freedom to follow their own dreams, explore and research their own questions, and publish for their peers. We have an opportunity to do just that this summer.
But we need your help. A tax-deductible contribution from you will support this program. Every contribution, no matter how small, will help make our summer happen.

adventuresinlearning:

(via Youth Voices Summer Program: Connected Learning with the NYC Writing Project on IncitED)

Fifteen students from the Bronx. A summer of connected learning that could change their lives — and change the way kids learn all across America. This summer the New York City Writing Project (NYCWP) at Lehman College, CUNY will host a Youth VoicesSummer Program from July 8 through 25, 2013.

Too often in school, students are told what and how to learn. We think learning happens best when youth are given more freedom to follow their own dreams, explore and research their own questions, and publish for their peers. We have an opportunity to do just that this summer.

But we need your help. A tax-deductible contribution from you will support this program. Every contribution, no matter how small, will help make our summer happen.

Tagged: Education

13th June 2013

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Last call to donate from David Loitz of Imagining Learning and Adventures in Learning! (by Imagining Learning)

I need your help! We only have less then 5 hours til the end of Imagining Learning’s Crowdfunding campaign. My personal goal is to reach 200 donors. Charles Kouns goal is crossing the 10,000 dollar! I think we can reach both of them. You have all heard our story now for the last 30+ days and you all know my passion for providing learning experiences for young people that can change their life and change their capacity for changing education and the way we live together! Please stand with the young people of the world and donate at least 10 dollars to our campaign! Please be one of the 41 people to donate today! Much Love! http://www.incited.org/projects/imagining-learning-creating-a-national-collective-voice-through-listening

7th June 2013

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(via Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning | Education on GOOD)

Listen to the recording of the interview with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning. www.imagininglearning.us And please join me in supporting this grass roots movement by donating to their Crowdfunding Campaign that is expiring in less than two weeks at www.IncitEd.org/projects/13

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adventuresinlearning:

(via Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning | Education on GOOD)

Listen to the recording of the interview with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning. www.imagininglearning.us And please join me in supporting this grass roots movement by donating to their Crowdfunding Campaign that is expiring in less than two weeks at www.IncitEd.org/projects/13

7th June 2013

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(Credit: hxdbzxy via Shutterstock/Salon)

shouts out to them

fuck

This is amazing. I never saw people decorate their caps until this year, and this one takes the entire fucking cake. Kudos.

Get into this Student Debt Realness. Yeah…. I know these feelz.

kyssthis16:

sapphrikah:

ernestinewadsworth:

aliciaaadanielle:

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(Credit: hxdbzxy via Shutterstock/Salon)

shouts out to them

fuck

This is amazing. I never saw people decorate their caps until this year, and this one takes the entire fucking cake. Kudos.

Get into this Student Debt Realness. Yeah…. I know these feelz.

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3rd June 2013

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Giving Our Youth a Voice – Re-Imagining Education: a conversation with Imagining Learning →

imagininglearning:

Yesterday we had the chance to join Astrid Witt on her show “What The Experts Know on Learning and Education” for a hour long conversation about our work with Imagining Learning and the story behind Imagining Learning. 

Listen to the recording of the interview I did today with Charles Kouns and David Loitz to find out more about their wonderful initiative “Imagining Learning” designed to giving teens a voice to create a new vision for learning.”

We are just about 11 days away from ending our crowdsourcing campaign.

We remain very optimistic and have more interviews and radio shows planned with the media. This week, I will personally make 100 contacts with people I know — EVERY day.

IS THERE SOMETHING MORE YOU CAN DO?

We need it — the young people of this country need it — whatever you might think of.

Are you sharing the links to the media we are getting?
Are you telling people you contributed and urging others to contribute?
Are you thinking of people you know who would contribute?
Is there one person who could make a significant impact?
Are you holding the intention for us to make it?

Let’s all work together these last 11 days to conclude this campaign excited about reaching our goal and knowing that the future for the Listening Sessions is now possible!!!!

Big Hug to All of You,

Charlie and David

Tagged: Education

30th May 2013

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How Can We Fix Education? Listen to Young People | Education on GOOD →

In the last month, two youth voices have been center stage—Jeff Bliss, a student from Texas, and nine-year-old Asean Johnson a student from Chicago. Both students are examples of how young people nationwide are frustrated with adults’ inaction and are taking matters into their own hands. Certainly, when it comes to education, young people know what they’re talking about. They spend more than 50 percent of their waking hours either attending classes or doing homework. Yet in schools across the country, despite a national average dropout rate of 25 percent—up to 42 percent in some communities—and low classroom engagement rates of 33 percent, students are not being asked why? Why are you choosing to leave? Why are you disengaged? Why are you protesting? Why doesn’t the system work for you any longer?

30th May 2013

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Hi, I recently saw the photo you posted on student debt (“Education should not be a debt sentence”) and was hoping you might be interested in reading a piece I wrote: “man-in-the-street,” a short story for anyone with student loans and looks at them like one does looking down a barrel of a gun. The story can be read free HERE (www.scribd.com/OscarHughes)! Peace, Oscar

Hi, I recently saw the photo you posted on student debt (“Education should not be a debt sentence”) and was hoping you might be interested in reading a piece I wrote: “man-in-the-street,” a short story for anyone with student loans and looks at them like one does looking down a barrel of a gun. The story can be read free HERE (www.scribd.com/OscarHughes)! Peace, Oscar

Tagged: occupy educationOccupy eduEducationstudentsubmission

29th May 2013

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imagininglearning:

Message from Imagining Learning’s Seed Steward (by cwk4328)

Our Seed Steward David Loitz presenting Imagining Learning at the IncitED Campaign Launch Party in Portland Oregon. Please contribute to our Campaign! Click here (http://bit.ly/15IE8P6)

A video of me sharing my passion for Imagining Learning!

-Adventures in Learning!

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27th May 2013

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I am asking all my Occupy Education friends to donate at least 5 dollars to Imagining Learning!

I am asking all my Occupy Education friends to donate at least 5 dollars to Imagining Learning! If you seen the video of the 9 year old in Chicago, you know that young people have a powerful way of cutting right to the heart of what matters in education! Imagining Learning is traveling the country giving young people like him a platform to express their voice in a way that is positive and safe! I have donated and now I ask you to! 5 dollars times 2000 will give Imagining Learning the ability to travel to 20 different communities each with their own vision of what education be! Imagining Learning is helping to bring forth a transformed education system. A system of learning that students create! http://www.incited.org/projects/13

Tagged: EducationOCCUPY MOVEMENTOccupy educationOccupy DOE

26th May 2013

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Springtime in Education is, to me, a rallying cry. It is a moment in time when we collectively decide to build a new system for our young people that they will thrive within. It is a time to leave our egos, our entrenchments, our investment in the old system and begin a journey into the unknown together. It is a moment when we decide to commit our hearts, our energy, our experience and our talents to exploring completely new territory that reinvents education. It is an energy of trust and belief that the consciousness we now have as a people can create a new learning journey for our children that far exceeds anything we could have imagined alone.

25th May 2013

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 Art gives young people the means to express and unleash their true potential! Tests on the other hand limits their expression to fit neatly on a scan tron. We choose art!
You should see how young people dream when we give them paint and a blank canvas to vision their ideal education in our listening session. 
Imagining Learning is working with young people to transform #edu using Art, storytelling +voice! What our our listening session process! http://bit.ly/15IE8P6

imagininglearning:

 Art gives young people the means to express and unleash their true potential! Tests on the other hand limits their expression to fit neatly on a scan tron. We choose art!

You should see how young people dream when we give them paint and a blank canvas to vision their ideal education in our listening session.

Imagining Learning is working with young people to transform #edu using Art, storytelling +voice! What our our listening session process! http://bit.ly/15IE8P6

23rd May 2013

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Imagining Learning: Asking Young People How They Would Change Education! (by cwk4328)

You can do all this and more by just donating 5-10 dollars! We have had over 50 donors pledge money to our campaign in the first week. Our goal is to reach 1000 donors by June 13th!

I know we can do it, I have see tumblr do some amazing things. At the moment I have 39,000 followers. I just need 1000 of you to step up to the plate! Be part of the change!

If you enjoy all the content I post on Adventures in Learning, think of this as a small way to give back.  I know my supporters are generous! I seen it over and over again! Take 5 minutes and go donate now. Message me and tell me you donated. I have special AIL gifts for everyone that donates and messages me.

3 steps to helping:

1. Donate 5-25 dollars

2. Reblog this post!

3. Message me

Thank you in advance!

-Adventures in Learning

19th May 2013

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We don’t Create Change by Testing

adventuresinlearning:

Can anyone point to any place (school, community, state) were testing has had a long time effect on the deepening of learning. Where is the study that states testing has positively effected the community around the schools where they are used. I would love to see data not driven by raises in test scores, but instead by practical signs of real system change. Did testing help to increase the student engagement, the community involvement, Teacher satisfaction with their professional lives,? How about positively effecting the local economy,  or the rate of hope among students that they had access to good jobs and future learning opportunities.

Why don’t we ask for this data? Why is it only math scores and reading scores? I think we don’t have this type of conversation because the testing industry has made us believe that testing will create the change we seek. We fight against them and testing, but instead we should be asking them to prove there worth.

We don’t create change by testing. We create change by supporting teachers, by providing funding to education, by solving poverty, by empowering students to have a voice in how learning happens, by encouraging and providing the freedom to develop learning that is relevant, place based, real world, connective  and that can only happen if others learn together.


It is not even that testing sucks, it is just bad science and a waste of money, time and effort. It had a role to play at first, but it now being used to punish teachers, students and communities instead shining light on the injustice and racism of our economic system. The idea that testings is in any way helping learning is outdated at best and pure propaganda at worst.

Testing is a distraction, it is like trying to heal a dying tree by cutting off one the branches. The roots of our current system are rotten. We need to let it die, and plant a new tree. Tree seed organically and so too will schools where learning is happening

-Adventures in Learning

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