#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education is arefreshing change from the negativity so common in the world ofeducation today. Over the course of a 3-month solo road trip acrossthe United States, author Grant Lichtman discovered that there ismuch to be positive about in today's K-12 schools. Lichtman, one ofthe country's leading experts in educational innovation,interviewed over 600 teachers, administrators, students, parents,and trustees to find out what kind of innovations they're doingright—and how others can leverage their successes.
Innovation in education takes hard work, planning, andcooperation. With examples from around the country and findingsfrom the latest education research, #EdJourney maps out howadministrators and teachers can embrace the innovation process thatschools and learners need now. Today's 21st century educationpresents unique challenges and opportunities to students, and thisis a trailblazing practical guide to making sure education is readyfor the future. #EdJourney focuses on four keyquestions:
The concrete examples and advice in this book will help youbring innovation and educational design concepts into your school.#EdJourney goes beyond the theoretical need forchange—by now a familiar topic to almost everyone—andtakes a real-world approach to achieving transformative educationin any school.
GRANT LICHTMAN is a globally recognized thought leader in the drive to transform K-12 education. Grant shares resources, articles, connections with other schools and innovative programs, and his blog, "The Future of K-12 Education," at www.grantlichtman.com. He is also the author of Moving the Rock and The Falconer.
“The future comes at us fast — which means school reformers don’t have time to wait. They need real tools in real time. That’s why Moving the Rock is so important. Grant Lichtman has guidance for anyone — teachers, parents, administrators, government officials — intent on helping young people succeed not ‘someday,’ but today.”
— Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“Grant Lichtman’s book is a clear and comprehensive guide to the “what" and the “how” of educational transformation. Organized around essential levers for change, it is a must-read for anyone who wants to make a difference in our schools.”
—Tony Wagner, Harvard Ilab Expert in Residence, and best-selling author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators”
“This book gives me hope for a brighter future in education. Despite the dark clouds imposed by misguided policies, Grant Lichtman diligently tells stories of grass-roots innovations in the classrooms and schools all over the world. Moving the Rock is an inspiring call to action for all educators.”
—Yong Zhao, Ph.D., Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas
“If you have children, or teach children, or want our children to succeed, this is a must-read book. Grant Lichtman throws down the challenge for all of us; that WE can change education, and he shows us just how successful schools everywhere are overcoming change-killing inertia in our schools.”
—Todd Rose, best-selling author of The End of Average; Harvard University
Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Educationgives educators, parents, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a clear paradigm for transforming our outmoded schools into schools that will help our children to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
It’s no secret that our educational system is stuck. Moving the Rock shows the important roles all of us can play in un-sticking it by moving seven specific levers that will change the focus of education from what we teach to how we learn. Importantly, moving the levers is completely possible today, and in fact is already happening now in many schools.
Drawing on research and extensive experience in the education community, Grant Lichtman outlines the seven essential levers that can profoundly change our schools so that we are teaching all our children how to learn, including
• Creating the Demand for Better Schools
• Building School-Community Learning Laboratories
• Encouraging Open Access to Knowledge
• Fixing How We Measure Student Success
• Teaching the Teachers what They Really Need to Know
• and more
At the end of each of each chapter there are one or more challenges, ways that all of us can collectively turn the pioneering work of others into transformation for all our schools.
Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, a chief education advisor to President Obama, Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and Founding Director of the School Redesign Network at Stanford.