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With all that we know about how students learn, the nature of the world they will face after graduation, and the educational inequities that have existed for centuries, maintaining a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is tantamount to instructional malpractice.
Authors Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray outline eight keys—each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K–12 education system of teaching and learning—to intentionally design tomorrow’s schools so today’s learners are prepared for success and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.
The traditional model of schooling ultimately prepares students for the industrial model of the past. If we want our students to become successful citizens in a global society, we must dramatically shift to a more personal approach. Failure is not an option. We can no longer wait. Let Learning Transformed show you how you can be a part of the solution.
(ASCD book, 2017) 7” x 10”, 260 pages
"Given how quickly and profoundly the world is changing, there are few more urgent challenges than the transformation of our schools and education systems. Some people are still unconvinced of the need for this transformation: others are unsure how to make it happen. Learning Transformed is addressed to all of them and to every other educator, administrator and policy maker with a serious concern for the future of our children and our communities. It draws on the best research about the need for change and on the strategies that work and those that don't. More than that, it's seasoned throughout with deep, real world experience of teaching and learning, policy and practice in innovative schools and pioneering districts across the nation. Learning Transformed is both a compelling manifesto for the schools our children need now and an inspirational blueprint for how to bring them about."
-Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element, TED speaker, education and creativity expert
"In Learning Transformed, Sheninger and Murray deftly combine the past and the future by offering eight keys to the schools of tomorrow, while lodging their insights into the history of the school reform movement. Read this book to be enlightened — and to put fun, excitement, and real learning back into your school or classroom."
- Daniel H. Pink, Author of Drive and To Sell is Human
"In Learning Transformed, Sheninger and Murray provide an ambitious, yet achievable, research-based blueprint for school leaders to lead the needed change in today's schools. Rarely has a book provided so many compelling evidence-rich strategies, as shared through the lenses of leading practitioners, to empower educators to redesign the learning experience so that every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status or zip code, is provided a world-class education."
- Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
"Sheninger and Murray combine some of today’s most compelling research, evidence-based practices, and innovative ideas to provide a dynamic blueprint for redefining student learning experiences. They demonstrate how students’ participation in authentic, real-world experiences can disrupt inequality and increase access to critical learning opportunities. Learning Transformed serves as a handbook to implement actionable, sustainable change in schools so today’s students can thrive in tomorrow’s world."
- Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
"Theory and research provide the foundation for change, but it is the actions undertaken by school leaders that drive transformation. Sheninger and Murray move well beyond the buzzwords and latest hype by providing a well-grounded, scholarly book that links theory, research, practical strategies, and evidence to move schools forward. The credible argument articulated is made even more impressive with the practical solutions found throughout Learning Transformed."
- Robert J. Marzano, Cofounder and CAO, Marzano Research
Educator Alexis Wiggins provides a step-by-step guide for the implementation of Spider Web Discussion, covering everything from introducing the technique to creating rubrics for discussion self-assessment to the nuts-and-bolts of charting the conversations and using the data collected for formative assessment. She also shares troubleshooting tips, ideas for assessment and group grading, and the experiences of real teachers and students who use the technique to develop and share content knowledge in a way that’s both revolutionary and truly inspiring.