Ed100 Chapter of the Month #9: Success

by Jeff Camp | March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments
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What is Success in Education?

Ed100 Chapter 9 explores the meanings of success in education.

Notice that we have made the word "meanings" plural? It's not a typo: there is more than one way to measure success. This is a big topic, and the lessons in this chapter cover a lot of ground, from dynastic China to modern testing and college accessibility.

Chapter 9 is the Ed100 Chapter of the Month for April-May. This post is the ninth 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 9?

In the process of school, the most common measures of success are grades and test scores, and for an individual these measures are certainly important. But in the end, a successful education is about outcomes: it prepares each student for whatever comes next, including access to college or career. How does California measure the success of the education system itself? Is it preparing all students, or only some, and how does the California School Dashboard help answer this question? For many families, college is a major goal; is the system succeeding at making this goal financially attainable?

The lessons of Chapter 9 explore 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 9 in English and Spanish:

About the Ed100 Chapter of the Month Program (CHAMP)

Each month of the school year we are featuring one chapter of Ed100 through email and social media. It's all scheduled. This month (April-May) we are featuring Chapter 9.

Each lesson of Ed100 includes a simple quiz. For Lesson 9.8, 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. 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 9:

Ed100 Lesson 9.6 - Over the long term, are student test scores rising, falling, or staying about the same?

Ed100 Lesson 9.8 - What is the biggest part of California's college system?

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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