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This clever RSA animation of a presentation by Sir Ken Robinson provides a clear and concise explanation of why Dream Schools are needed. See why the assembly line model of the past no longer serves today's needs.

Geoff Mulgan's TED Talk presents Studio Schools. Developed in England and steadily multiplying, these schools allow teens to do meaningful work in project-based cooperative environments.  How can this concept be adapted to revolutionize education in the United States?

Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

Sethi TED talk

Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Recommended Sites

Tina Barseghian's Mind/Shift blog is dedicated to searching out the leading edge in technology-based education revolution. A great source of Dream School ideas.

As Lisa Nielsen, the creator of The Innovative Educator blog, states about herself, she is "an outspoken and passionate advocate of learning innovatively." Her blog is a must-read for exciting and thought-provoking ideas related to education reform and reinvention.

Beyond the Bracelet is a quarterly web magazine that publishes creative nonfiction about social action. It also offers ways for people to "Go Beyond" just supporting change and start making change. Beyond the Bracelet could easily be used in a school setting, and it promotes the kind of thoughtful action Dream Schools might embody.

Dare the School's tag line is "Shifting Perspectives in Education" and it's doing just that. Blending news stories, interviews, and personal interest pieces, this blog provides insightful commentary relating to education reform that's well supported and thought-provoking. Well worth subscribing to.

The "lab connections" blog documents a project started in Loveland, Colorado called the "be you house" where students could go to be themselves and do what they love. The outcomes are inspirational.

Recommended Reading

Reviewer Daniel Pink says "With a crackling wit and a deep humanity, (Ken Robinson) urges us to ignore the naysayers, bypass the crowd and find the place where our talents and desires intersect."

Clayton Christensen applies concepts introduced in his Innovators series to education. Howard Gardner describes this as "a book that speaks thoughtfully and imaginatively about what genuinely individualized education can be..."

Malcolm Gladwell examines the nature of trends and epidemics--from disease to fashion to the unrelenting success of Sesame Street--and how the smallest actions can have the biggest results. As an organization that aims to start a revolution in education reform, Dream School Commons uses the ideas in The Tipping Point to steer our campaign.

Ken Robinson argues that "to realize our true creative potential--in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities--we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative."

The Unschooled Mind is essential for anyone who wants to better understand how children's minds develop, why schooling often contradicts that development, and how schools can help students move toward mastery and true understanding in more natural and relevant ways.