At the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, heavy-duty shipping containers have been vibrantly painted, reshaped and stacked ceiling-high to form a collaborative K-6 learning space. Comfy couches and oversized pillows are scattered throughout the converted classroom pods, giving them a warm and inviting home-school feel. An industrial shell encloses the entire 47,000 square-foot arena... read more
Personal Stories on Connected Learning
Connected Learning Personal Stories are a growing collection of individuals, programs, organizations, and learning spaces that embrace many (or all) of connected learning's principles. Contact us if you have your own Connected Learning Personal Story to tell.
A video pops up on the screen of longtime Richland Farms resident Marie Hollis. Two minutes go by -- click, click -- and a second interview appears. This time it's of Andrew Johnson, a horseshoer from Richland Farms. The two interviews are nearly identical, the sole variance being a small "Youth Voices" emblem that's displayed in the video lead-in... read more
Welcome to Bertie County, the poorest county in North Carolina, where just 27% of 3rd-8th grade students in 2007 were passing English and Math state standards, and where approximately 95% of public school students receive free/reduced-rate lunches. Where the population caps around 20,000, the largest local employer is the Perdue chicken processing plant, and the main economy is agriculture... read more
Before stepping foot inside YOUmedia, “Brother” Mike Hawkins never took any particular interest in slam poetry, nor did he consider himself a slam poet. That all changed when he began forming relationships with the program’s teens in 2009. “They opened me up to this whole new world of slam poetry where youth could freely express themselves... read more
At the age of 10, Asha Richardson’s father attempted to introduce her to basic HTML coding. But as a lover of the creative arts, she wanted nothing to do with it. At the time, Asha believed she had to choose one over the other. It was a paintbrush or a keyboard. It couldn’t be both. But after speaking with staff members from Youth Radio’s journalism training program, she came to the realization that the two could -- and very much should -- go hand-in-hand... read more
After spending just a couple minutes with Jabiz Raisdana, you quickly realize he is not your average teacher. When you ask him how his school year is going, you won't hear stories about the woes of standardized testing or disengaged students. Instead, Raisdana will proudly tell you about his school's growing familiarity with blogging and Google Apps. Or how his students are studying photography and filmography by producing their own content..... read more
It has been years since Liz Rayment had her epiphany about her sons’ learning -- “you have to find a pathway that fits your kid” -- but she can trace it to two very specific experiences:
At winter break of her oldest son’s (Clayton’s) second grade year, she was summoned to the principal’s office and told she had to find a different school for him. It wasn’t a disciplinary issue. It was just that every piece of paper Clayton turned in was blank and he seemed to want to spend all of his time reading Harry Potter... read more
They wondered: Why it was that in every school, in every city, kids couldn’t wait until the bell rang at 3 o’clock.
Why everyone -- teachers and students alike -- couldn’t wait until the weekend, or summer, or vacation, or graduation.
Why the passion for the “why” of learning never seemed anywhere near as important to the powers that be... read more