Tag Archives: school reform

Jonathan Kozol at Constructing Modern Knowledge

Last July 2011, National Book Award-winning author, educator and civil rights activist Jonathan Kozol was a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge. Constructing Modern Knowledge is the summer institute for educators where minds-on learning, meets progressive education and a world-class faculty. Constructing Modern Knowledge 2012 is July 9-12, 2012 in Manchester, NH. There is still […]

Pedro Noguera’s Opening Keynote at the CES Fall Forum 2010

This podcast was recorded on November 11, 2010 in San Francisco at the Coalition of Essential Schools‘ Fall Forum. Dr. Pedro Noguera granted permission for me to share this recording of his barn-burner of a speech delivered to several hundred of educators committed to schools that are personal, engaging and where students “use their minds […]

Marvin Minsky Interviewed at Media Lab’s 25th Anniversary

Three-time Constructing Modern Knowledge guest speaker the great scientist, Dr. Marvin Minsky, was interviewed this past weekend at the commemoration of the M.I.T. Media Lab’s 25th anniversary. There are some really interesting ideas in this 11-minute conversation, including: When I meet someone who says something interesting, I’ve got this habit where I don’t ask them, […]

Deborah Meier’s “We All Know Why We’re Here” video

Two-time CMK guest speaker and veteran school reformer, Deborah Meier, has generously shared this 1980 documentary (29 minutes) about Central Park Elementary School and the innovative practices that gave birth to the small school movement and countless progressive education reforms. You are free to watch, download and share this video with colleagues, but please subscribe […]

Deborah Meier’s “Graduation by Portfolio” video

Thanks to two-time CMK guest speaker, Deborah Meier, for sharing this phenomenal 47-minute documentary from 1993 detailing the process by which Central Park East Secondary School students earned their high school diploma through project-based inquiry and personal portfolios demonstrating habits of mind. You are free to watch, download and share this video with colleagues, but […]

Gary Stager Interviewed in Qatar

In April 2010, Constructing Modern Knowledge organizer, Dr. Gary Stager, was interviewed at length about computing, creativity and children following his keynote address at the national conference on ICT in Education in Doha, Qatar. Here is the result. Subscribe to My Free Newsletter! Email: Many thanks to ICTQatar for the terrific job of putting the […]

Alfie Kohn Tackles “Common Core Standards”

Check out the transcript chronicling a debate between Alfie Kohn and Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The subject of the debate was national curriculum, I mean “common core standards.” Alfie Kohn: “There’s a strong political interest in representing national standards as being merely “core” standards and to emphasize […]

Alfie Kohn Rejects National Standards

Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 Guest Speaker Alfie Kohn has published a stunning new article, Debunking the Case for National Standards: One-Size-Fits-All Mandates and Their Dangers. It should be required reading for anyone concerned with democracy and long-term viability of public education. I’ve often said that national standards, even those thinly disguised under mischievous pseudonyms like […]

MacArthur Genius Deborah Meier to Speak at CMK2010

I am thrilled to announce that for the second consecutive year, Constructing Modern Knowledge will feature one of the greatest living school leaders, education writers and education reformers, Deborah Meier, as a guest speaker at Constructing Modern Knowledge 2010 – July 12-15, 2010 in Manchester, NH. If you have not read Deborah Meier’s books, I […]

Marvin Minsky Resources

Many MANY thanks to Dr. Marvin Minsky for his amazing spirit and generosity to Constructing Modern Knowledge 2009! The video from this and last year’s conversations with Marvin will be online here as soon as possible. In the meantime, please check out the following resources: Essay on Education 1 – What Makes Mathematics Hard to […]