Stories About the Future of Learning
Stories from Oregon
Earl Boyles Connects Early Learning to Early Grades
At Earl Boyles Elementary School in southeast Portland more than 90 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds —and their parents—participate in a groundbreaking “Early Works” readiness program for kindergarten sponsored by the Children’s Institute and community partners. These children are already showing higher levels of readiness for the early grades in a number of key indicators.
National Spotlight Shines on Oregon CTE Lab
The Sherwood High School Fab Lab is a leading-edge program in Oregon’s stepped-up support for CTE and STEM education. Recently the PBS Newshour shined a spotlight on how the Fab Lab and related offerings at Sherwood are preparing students for well paying front-line jobs in advanced manufacturing, metals, health care, and other skilled fields.
STEM Fires Learning in South Metro
In the schools of the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership, STEM isn’t just an add-on but rather integral to the curriculum and a way to ignite student curiosity and study. This video shows how.
3 to PhD Concentrates Teachers, Teacher Learning
In a unique partnership between Portland Public Schools and Concordia University, children at nearby Faubion Elementary in northeast Portland are getting the benefit of a high ratio of adults in their classrooms, including Concordia students enrolled in teacher prep. Although most of Faubion’s pupils have challenging circumstances, the model is raising student engagement and has eliminated the incidence of Faubion eighth graders who drop out in the ninth grade of high school. A new Faubion now being built will house Concordia’s graduate school of education to strengthen the learning of both teachers in training and elementary students. See the video.
Woodburn Takes Holistic Approach to Student-Centered Education
At Woodburn the school district is achieving some of the best high school completion rates in the state through a combination of strong community involvement, dual language learning, and student-centered teaching and learning.
Eastern Promise Blends High School, College
In Eastern Oregon three community colleges and Eastern Oregon University are partnering with local high schools in the Eastern Promise program, which affords high school students early college courses and credit through dual enrollment. Given the program’s success, other regions are adopting this model.
OHSU Breaks Old Medical Education Mold
At Oregon Health and Sciences University the School of Medicine is shifting the bulk of medical student learning away from a traditional model based on seat time and lectures to one based on clinical simulations and other hands-on experience to achieve 43 essential competencies.
From Across the Nation
Revolution in Math
America’s best math students are now equal to or better than any students in the world, but their talent is being shaped by out-of-school programs. In-school math learning is still largely mired in the past and producing mediocre outcomes. See this story in The Atlantic.