5/27/12

Stregths-Based School.....brilliant ideas by Author Jenifer Fox

                Thsi morning I listened to an hour-long live online interview with Jenifer Fox on a Stregths-Based School. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2012/04/live-tuesday-april-9th-jenifer-fox-on.html Very inspiring!



Here what is says online about her:
Jenifer Fox is the author of Your Child's Strengths, and now Head of School at The Clariden School of Southlake.  We'll be talking about what it's like to start a 21st-Century high school program, blended and project-based learning, and her relentless pursuit of getting people to stop teaching traditional content.

Jenifer Fox is a turnaround and strategic advancement expert. Her work includes expanding enrollments, boosting sustainability through rigorous and successful fund raising and taking independent schools to the next level through coordinated strategic plans focused on the organization's strengths. She is the author of the bestselling education book, Your Child's Strengths (Viking 2008; Penguin, 2009), Stories of Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Teaching and Learning with Technology. (NAIS, 2008) and the Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Fox is widely considered the international leader in developing strengths-based curriculum for youth. Fox is also an expert at integrating curriculum and technology and is creating online, project-based platforms for youth.


                      I got a very important idea listening to this interview: Fox states that good education is about preparing you for a good life. What is a good life but meaningful work and meaningful relationships and she strongly believes that there is not one cookie-cutter type of education that could get us there. Brilliant!
                       She also had some incredibly neat ideas about teachers of the future. Teachers no longer need to know all content there is to know, they need to be master researcher, and who understands the questions. Teachers of the future, Jenifer Fox states, are going to be teachers that are NOT specialists but generalists, who can help kids find their own information!!! She believes all high school students should know how to use Excell, photoshop and have some basic movie-making skills. 
                     She also addresses parents' nervousness about the de-emphasis on testing and high school kids being bored in school and a growing need for school to actually be ENGAGING. What a concept, what a breath of shed air!! I am ordering her book this minute. 

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