Presentation deck from #rEDVan: ‘Like Hip-Waders for the Bullsh-initiatives’ (more later)

Hello, Ed Cases!

I’m finally coming up for air (hence image) and putting something up at this blog. Sorry it’s been a while, but life/work has been taxing of late. The good news is that my next book is finally in its editing stages and I can get back to a little action here at the ol’ blog. (I have lots to say, believe me.)

For now, please accept this presentation deck from my talk at last week’s researchED Vancouver. I had to start my talk 10-15 minutes behind schedule, so I cut off the end bit in person. Please be in touch if you have questions about any of it.

Also: It was a stellar event, and I plan to share more about it soon. Look for a recap post before the weekend’s out (if time allows).



More on #rEDPhil soon. For now, my presentation deck for ‘Finally! Curriculum Gets Its Moment! (…now let’s not blow it.)’

(Photo courtesy of Erika Sanzi, borrowed from a Twitter post. THANKS ERIKA!)

Hello, Ed Cases! Well, researchED Philadelphia (#rEDPhil — see here for related Tweets listed by hashtag) is finally in the books, and I’m thrilled and exhausted. It went quite, quite well in all: I learned a ton and made many new friends, and I think folks joining us for the first time really got a chance to see what gets some of us so excited about it all.  I’ll blog again this week with a short wrap-up.

For now, here is my presentation deck for my talk, ‘Finally! Curriculum Gets Its Moment! (…now let’s not blow it.)’. Take a look if interested, check out the references slide for further study, share with friends, etc., etc. — and of course, be in touch with questions or concerns.


P.S. – Know that to keep the learning going, we at researchED will be harvesting presenters’ materials and making available as folks are willing. ALSO, if you were at the day and would like to blog/tweet about it, we’d sure love to see other folks sharing out to the world about what they saw. Thanks in advance! (Just let me know if you do, I’d love to broadcast it if so.) 

NO TIME TO BLOG…but you really should check out researchED Philly. PASS IT ON.

Hello, Ed Cases. So sorry I haven’t done any posting around here for the past couple months, but just too dang busy with other stuff: work at Search Institute, some consulting with schools on their PD and curriculum, researching/drafting my next book, etc., etc. I hope to get back to a blogging groove in the months ahead, as my queue of post-sketches is near-overflowing.

All that said, another thing I’ve been devoting a lot of time to of late is organizing the next researchED US conference. We’re on for 27 October in Philadelphia, at the beautiful St Joseph’s Preparatory School.

You can see more about the program, buying tickets, etc., HERE. Check back in coming weeks especially, as we’ll be fleshing it out with more content shortly.

If you’re new to researchED and would like to learn more about the concept and conferences, see this interview I did last year with Rick Hess at Ed Week, this blog by Blake Harvard/Effortful Educator, or this summary of the Washington, DC, conference a couple years ago by Twitter’s @polymathish.

Though I could spend a few thousand words telling you about why I’m so excited for it, here are just a few quick points:

…and seriously? That’s just the beginning. I told you up top I was going to hold myself back from going on and on.

Exciting or what?!

Oh, and I’ve actually heard that some nearby districts are actually arranging party buses to take lots of teachers. (Really, I have heard that.) If that’s your thing, make sure to contact me to see what we can do to get discounted blocks of tickets. Really, we want MORE TEACHERS at these things. It’s who they’re for.

Again, check out the site, follow us on Twitter (@researchED_US or me, @erickalenze) for updates, or just be in touch here if you have questions. We’d love to see you there!

I’ve been podcasted! Talking #rEDOnt with voicED’s Stephen Hurley

Real quick, as I’m deep in a busy writing and researchED talk-prep weekend: I had the chance to talk with voicED Canada’s Stephen Hurley a couple days ago as part of his series leading up to next week’s researchED Ontario. It was fun to do, even if I’m not much of a radio personality. Haven’t heard it, so your thoughts/questions/feedback are welcome.

Link directly to it here — and have a great weekend!

Barry Garelick on math–on YouTube!

If you’ve looked through this blog, you know I’m a big fan of Barry Garelick. He’s a dedicated math teacher and well-studied observer/critic of math instruction whose ideas have helped me understand so much over the past 6-7 years. I’m truly grateful for his intellect, passion, and wit.

To see his thoughtful takes on math instruction for yourself, start at his blog Traditional Maththis selection of pieces for The Atlantic, or this fine piece on procedures-vs-understanding at Education News. (And there’s plenty more where that came from out there, too. Search for what he’s published online, and check out his books.)

If you’re a little too tired to read at the moment (and I wouldn’t blame you — it is most certainly that time of year if you work in education), you can now see Barry do his math-wisdom thing in talk form on YouTube. Check it out here. Even if you’re pretty well familiar with Barry’s takes, you might find it fun to see someone you’ve until now only been able to see in print. I sure did. (I’d never so much as heard Barry’s voice until this was posted, so this was a real kick for me. We haven’t been able to connect on a researchED yet, but we will.)

Happy learning!

Let’s build a learning library (slight return)

This is the back part of a longer post from last week, which requested readers’ participation on a crowd-sourced reference guide/library for those seeking more info on evidence-supported education practices. (If interested in the long-winded justification/set-up, see here.)

Have had some takers, but am throwing it out there again. (And yes, I’ll be adding some of my own in due time.) Please consider adding some names!

Please use this format: 

  • Respond in the comments here with names, internet accessibility (Twitter, blog, org, etc.), brief description of each person’s expertise, and where they’re based (if available). A model might look like this:
  • Please make sure that the folks you offer up base their practical guidance on a sound basis of evidence, not just innovation for innovation’s sake or things that ring sentimentally but haven’t produced much good. (And if you don’t know the difference, do poke around a bit. You may be surprised how many ‘experts’ out there are really saying really profound, instructionally empty things.)
  • This is not an anti-reformer board. Like I’ve said before, some of the best people out there on practice are actually from reform’s ‘adult table’. (Reference to earlier piece.)
  • Through the comment approval process I’ll do my best to keep up on the submissions and check to make sure about things like evidence bases and such.
  • And, of course, if it’s all a huge mess we’ll call this first attempt a 1.0 and I’ll figure out a better way to do it.