Ed100 Chapter of the Month #6: The Right Stuff

by Jeff Camp | January 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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The Right Stuff for Learning

Chapter 6 is the largest single chapter of Ed100, tackling the "what" and "how" of education, rather than the who, when, why or where. There's a lot to know.

This post is the sixth 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 6?

What do students actually learn in school? When we talk of "third-grade" math it means something; how are these standards created, and what makes them "stick"? How does Common Core work? What is the role of testing, and how are the tests developed? What are the expectations of students for learning English, math, history, language, science, civics and other subjects? Where does social-emotional learning fit in? What are the standards for teaching the arts? How does P.E. fit into the "right stuff" for learning? Finally, what is the role of the school in preparing students for careers and personal financial independence?

The lessons of Chapter 6 explore 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 6 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 (January-February) we are featuring Chapter 6.

Each lesson of Ed100 includes a simple quiz. For Lesson 6.4, for example, 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 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 6:

Ed100 Lesson 6.14 - What is restorative justice?

Ed100 Lesson 6.17 - Does California require students to take a test of financial literacy?

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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