Ed100 Chapter of the Month #10: So Now What?

by Jeff Camp | May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
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So Now What?

The first nine chapters of Ed100 explained the California education system, one topic at a time.

The overall structure of the Ed100 course is "Education is students and teachers spending time in places for learning with the right stuff and a system with resources for success. So now what?"

The transition from knowledge to action is the focus of Ed100 Chapter 10, the Ed100 Chapter of the Month for May-June. This post is the last of ten for the Ed100 Chapter of the Month Program, our biggest effort yet to help parent leaders make a lasting difference in their schools and districts.

What's in Ed100 Chapter 10?

Change in education happens slowly, but it does happen. What are the conditions that produce change in ways that actually matter? Does change tend to happen in times of plenty, or in conditions of scarcity? What is the role of academic and political leadership? What are the organizations and big ideas that are "in the mix" to drive change? Initiatives are often suggested as mechanisms for change, and they have certainly made a big impact on education in California, but the shift to Local Control happened in a completely different way. What can be learned from these examples?

The lessons of Chapter 10 delve into these topics. As always, the very best way to learn from these lessons is to discuss them. To help you get the conversation going we've prepared discussion guides in English and Spanish. Each chapter is matched with a brief summary video that you can use to bring everyone into the conversation (even if they haven't actually read the lessons). Here's the discussion guide for Chapter 10 in English and Spanish:

About the Ed100 Chapter of the Month Program (CHAMP)

Each month of this school year we have been featuring one chapter of Ed100 through email and social media. It's all scheduled. This month (May-June) we are featuring Chapter 10.

Each lesson of Ed100 includes a simple quiz. For Lesson 10.1, the quiz looks like this:

By completing the quizzes, you earn tickets, which help you in two ways.

Ed100 Graduate CertificateEarn your Ed100 Certificate!

First, they count toward your Ed100 Graduate Certificate, which you earn by completing the quiz for each lesson in Ed100.

Second, tickets count as chances to win in the next drawing, which is coming up on June 4. If you're lucky, a ticket you earn could win $1,000! for your PTA!

Tips for PTA Leaders:

The Ed100 drawing is a great tool for creating urgency. If you are trying to get an Ed100 group going in your school group or PTA council, a short presentation can help make it clear.

Your board members might not be the only ones interested in becoming Ed100 Graduates. If you have the opportunity to speak to your school community, why not invite them to join you? Tell them about the Ed100 Chapter of the Month program.

You might also want to draw inspiration from the Ed100 Big Book of Questions, an ever-evolving public set of question slides for ALL of the lessons in Ed100. The slides don't give away the answers, but they tell you where to find them.

Here are examples from lessons in Chapter 10:

Ed100 Lesson 10.1 - About what percentage of the US population is currently enrolled in school?

Ed100 Lesson 10.3 - As a percentage of all economic activity, has public spending on education grown since 1970 or decreased?

How can we help you succeed with Ed100? Drop me an email or leave a comment on this blog post! I'm jeffcamp@ed100.org.

P.S. Thanks to our friends at the San Mateo County Office of Education for translating ALL of our Discussion Guides into Spanish.

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