Ed100 Chapter of the Month #5: Places for Learning

by Jeff Camp | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Places for Learning

Socrates, famously, taught on a rock. A place for learning isn't just a building or a classroom.

But most of the time, students learn in schools. What makes a school a place for learning?

The role of place in education is the focus of Ed100 Chapter 5, the Ed100 Chapter of the Month for December-January. This post is the fifth 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 5?

What factors determine where a child is allowed to attend school? How does zip code spell destiny? Should parents have a choice, and what happens when they do? How do schools and school systems "sort" students in different ways, and does it work? Where do kids go when "regular" school isn't working for them? What are charter schools, and how do they work? Where do private schools fit in? What makes for a good school climate, and how are factors like leadership, facilities and safety connected? How do discipline policies contribute to the school climate?

The lessons of Chapter 5 delve into these topics and more. 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 5 in English and Spanish:

About the Ed100 Chapter of the Month Program (CHAMP)

Each month of this school year we are featuring one chapter of Ed100 through email and social media. It's all scheduled. This month (December-January) we are featuring Chapter 5.

Each lesson of Ed100 includes a simple quiz. For example, the quiz for lesson 5.6 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 December 10. 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 this year. If you have the opportunity to speak to your school community, why not invite them to join you? Tell them about your PTA board's plan to use the Ed100 Chapter of the Month.

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 5:

Ed100 Lesson 5.6 - Is private school tuition tax-deductible?

Ed100 Lesson 5.9 - What does it take to pass a school bond?

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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