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Gerri Burton of Bronxville, New York graduated from Barnard College before founding the independent global consultancy, New Learning Ventures in 2003. Since then, NLV has since expanded, boasting offices in New York, San Diego, and even overseas in Dubai. Burton’s company looks at education on what she refers to as a "preK to gray" scale and provides societal-scale change managemen...
Not all online courses are created equal. And while it is the fastest growing segment in higher education, many colleges and universities still struggle to design compelling and effective courses on the web. For the last decade, Noodle Partners has been working to reinvent how higher ed happens online. Chief Academic Officer, Melora Sundt visited EdLab in December of 2017 to outlin...
What constricts student thinking? Walking into a typical classroom as a student, you sit at a typical desk, look toward the front of the room, and wait to learn preformed content. Perhaps part of what restricts student expression is the fact that the classroom space often carries with it unavoidable expectations for students. There’s only so much freedom that a series of forward-facing desks creates. So, how do you remove expectations in order to allow...
Digital and physical don’t have to be opposites. Rather, they can inform and mold each other. EdLab Innovation Fellow Veronica Black taught this concept to a group of high school students and English teachers who participated in Teachers College’s Literacy Unbound Summer Institute in 2017, where they worked together over an intense two weeks to create an interactive performance based on Jo...
At a time when daily headlines are fraught with civil rights violations, terrorism, and bigotry, it’s important to take a moment to remind ourselves that there is still good being done in the world today. For the fifth year running, EdLab Studios brings to light the empowering, inclusive organizations and educators that fill classrooms, museums, stages, and spaces across the state of New York through our series, "Seen in New York." These dedicated individ...
This week we revisit the most popular episode of 2017. While New York Harbor's own Ellis Island opened its doors in 1892; men, women, and children from overseas had set their sights on the land of opportunity well before then and continue to today. For over 450 years, America has symbolized economic possibility, political liberty, and provided refuge from war, famine, persecution, and religi...
David Williamson Shaffer is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Educational Psychology. Following the publication of his book, Quantitative Ethnography in April of 2017, Shaffer visited EdLab to present two keys tools for modeling complex thinking and discuss the challenges and...
Believe it or not, the K-12 classroom design has remained unchanged since the Civil War. Inspired by this startling fact, educators Jane Zhang and Grace O’Shea founded room2learn; a sharing platform and design consultancy committed to transforming 19th century classrooms everywhere into 21st century-ready learning spaces. In Nov...
As part of New York's 15th congressional district, Hunts Point is ranked the most at-risk community for children in the nation. Two thirds of its children are living below the poverty line and only about one-third of students complete high school on time. And while these statistics are worrisome, "they are not meant to be an indictment," says Executive Director of Hunts Point Alliance for Children, Jill Roc...
When designing curricula for the modern classroom, even the best teachers need a blueprint. Coursetune supports teachers in building curricula in a visual and collaborative way, doing away with ineffective approaches and so-called "curriculum rot." Co-founder and CEO Maria Anderson shared a product demo and engaged in a discussion about current and future Coursetune users at the Ed...