Interview 11 of Twittering for Education
I gather weekly with educators who envision the ideal school. We collaborate online for what we believe would be the environment students should learn. I believe we learn through models of schools that demonstrate innovative practices. In 1989 such an innovative school did exist, the Saturn School, and my guest this week, Dr. Tom King (@ProfTK) was the founder and Director.How did the Saturn school differ from the norm?
was a magnet school serving students in grades 4 – 8, many at risk, and parents could choose to send their children there instead of the local public school
noted for its innovative uses with technology at a time technology not as highly developed
visited by the current president at the time, President George Bush Sr., who spoke with the children
used local resources such as the public library, the science and art museums, state and local government
established mentorships and apprenticeships with businesses and agencies
had differentiated staffing: a lead teacher, associate teachers for curriculum, generalist teachers, intern teachers
had a longer school year, ungraded, no report cards or textbooks, instead had student portfolios
had a school council of staff, parents and students
I recently interviewed Dr. Tom King about his success at getting such a school established. Listen to his interview where he shares incredible insights about school reform and how we can make our dreams for education a reality.
A preview of the Saturn School as told by the students:
** Discover research, news articles, and so much more about the Saturn School by visiting this website, Saturn School of Tomorrow (1989-2003)BioTom King is a retired math teacher, the founder of the Saturn School of Tomorrow, adjunct professor for 35 years +, husband, father, grampa, friend, tennis and golf partner, coffee buddy, reader, photographer, poet, and a marveling lifelong learner. He blogs at Tom King’s Blog of De-Fog and tweets by the handle, @profTK. Read his previous contributions to Teacher Reboot Camp.Previous InterviewsCheck out the previous interviews Twittering for Education- Jo and Phil Hart, Twittering for Education- Eric and Melissa Sheninger, Twittering for Education- Will and Elle Deyamport, Connected Principals- George Couros, 1:1 Programs- Rich Kiker, Mobile Learning with Kids- Scott Newcomb, Effective Leadership: Interview with Patrick Larkin, Using Skype for ELT Lessons: Interview with Marisa Pavan, Teachers as Leaders and Continuous Learners: Interview with Dr. Doug Green, and Blogging with Students: Interview with Greta Sandler.
Ask Dr. Tom King for help or support in getting your school to implement innovative change! He’s willing to Skype with your administrators!
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