Building A Learning Culture In America

Author: Kevin Chavous
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351530526
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Building a Learning Culture in America takes an incisive, no-holds-barred look at how America embraced and cultivated a culture of learning in the past, how that culture declined in the sixties and seventies, and what must be done to regain it. From political gridlock to systemic discrimination, Chavous details the many ways education today is off track, and cites specific examples of what Americans might do to reform it.Part memoir and part manifesto, this is a frank, fascinating, and personal account of Chavous' experience as a politician working to enact school choice in Washington, DC, and throughout the United States. During the course of his political career, he has seen political skirmishes and party scuffles interfere with the United States' ability to improve its educational system. These conflicts did not cause the problem; they were merely a result. The true problem was more basic: the decline of America's learning culture.This pivotal work calls for Americans to unite in making the changes needed to re-establish a learning culture as an inherent piece of the American national fabric, and tells us how to begin.

Developing A Learning Culture In Nonprofit Organizations

Author: Stephen J. Gill
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 141296766X
Size: 39.19 MB
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Nonprofit organizations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate impact and that the funds raised to operate their organizations are maximized and used effectively. This book demonstrates how to create a culture of learning (intentional learning from reflection and feedback focused on successes and failures) that will lead to ongoing performance measurement and improvement. Because nonprofit organizations rely heavily on volunteers and are focused on mission, not money, it is critical for them to create a culture in which learning is a motivator for change. The book breaks down learning into four levels: individual, team, whole organization and community. Learning at each of these levels is described and then specific tools are presented. The tools are hands-on and practical, which facilitate reflection and feedback.

Learning Culture And Community In Online Education

Author: Caroline A. Haythornthwaite
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9780820468471
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In 1996 the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began an Internet-based teaching program, allowing students across the United States - and the world - to earn a Master's degree from a distance. The program, known as LEEP (Library Education Experimental Project), has been an outstanding success, and as an early innovation in Internet use, provides important lessons on how to flourish in an online environment. "Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education" brings together significant new research on online education, using the LEEP program as a model to reveal a wealth of information about innovative online practices. Contributions by administrators, philosophers, faculty, librarians, technical staff, and researchers in the traditions of education, computer science, folklore, information science, and sociology, reveal the many perspectives to be taken into account when creating and maintaining distance learning programs. More than an analysis of the LEEP program, this book is an essential introduction to the variety of social and educational phenomena that occur within the socio-technical environments that support online learners.

Writing America

Author: Sarah Robbins
Publisher: Teachers College Press
ISBN: 9780807745274
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This practical volume addresses teachers' most immediate and constant wish to engage students in meaningful learning. Written by teachers affiliated with the National Writing Project, this engrossing collection presents examples of classroom-based community studies projects that showcase teachers' reflective practice in action, models for professional growth, collaborative staff development programs, and much more. It features: replicable projects emphasizing approaches to doing research and writing that are both engaging for students and academically rigorous; comprehensive curricular models for building energetic, public connections between the classroom and the larger community; chapters that connect the standards-based classroom work to teacher professional development and to emerging trends in American Studies and literacy instruction.

Implementing E Learning

Author: John A. Cross
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
ISBN: 9781562863333
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Want to build a powerful implementation and marketing strategy for your e-learning program? This title shows you how to think like a marketing and change management professional by generating awareness for your e-learning brand, position well designed e-learning for maximum effect, and develop and implement an effective communication plan to get buy-in for your program.

Clarity In The Classroom

Author: Michael Absolum
Publisher: Portage & Main Press
ISBN: 1553793234
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The author, Michael Absolum, shows how building learning-focused relationships between teacher and student helps make “assessment for learning” principles work effectively. He does this by breaking down the bigger ideas of assessment into smaller parts that make it easy for educators to understand. Throughout the book, Absolum shares his ideas about the: • Nature of student learning; • Nature of the student/teacher relationship; • Skills that teachers need to support students; and • Skills that students need to learn. Originally written for a New Zealand readership, Clarity in the Classroom has been adapted for North American educators. This book is an essential resource for every teacher and administrator looking to support and enhance the learning opportunities for all students. The adaptions to the North American edition were done by James Gray, a vice-principal in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Meagan Mutchmor, a K–8 mathematics consultant for the Winnipeg School Division.

Best Care At Lower Cost

Author: Institute of Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309260736
Size: 36.43 MB
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America's health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual. Best Care at Lower Cost explains that inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality barriers hinder progress in improving health and threaten the nation's economic stability and global competitiveness. According to this report, the knowledge and tools exist to put the health system on the right course to achieve continuous improvement and better quality care at a lower cost. The costs of the system's current inefficiency underscore the urgent need for a systemwide transformation. About 30 percent of health spending in 2009--roughly $750 billion--was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud, and other problems. Moreover, inefficiencies cause needless suffering. By one estimate, roughly 75,000 deaths might have been averted in 2005 if every state had delivered care at the quality level of the best performing state. This report states that the way health care providers currently train, practice, and learn new information cannot keep pace with the flood of research discoveries and technological advances. About 75 million Americans have more than one chronic condition, requiring coordination among multiple specialists and therapies, which can increase the potential for miscommunication, misdiagnosis, potentially conflicting interventions, and dangerous drug interactions. Best Care at Lower Cost emphasizes that a better use of data is a critical element of a continuously improving health system, such as mobile technologies and electronic health records that offer significant potential to capture and share health data better. In order for this to occur, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, IT developers, and standard-setting organizations should ensure that these systems are robust and interoperable. Clinicians and care organizations should fully adopt these technologies, and patients should be encouraged to use tools, such as personal health information portals, to actively engage in their care. This book is a call to action that will guide health care providers; administrators; caregivers; policy makers; health professionals; federal, state, and local government agencies; private and public health organizations; and educational institutions.

All Learning Is Self Directed

Author: Daniel R. Tobin
Publisher: American Society for Training and Development
ISBN: 9781562861339
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Build on the idea that organizations and their employees are increasingly comfortable with the idea that learning and skills development are the responsibility of the individual worker. This volume is designed to help organizations and their HR and training groups take maximum advantage of the trend toward an independent, self-directed learner workforce. You'll learn how to develop new organizational and individual employee development strategies to meet workplace challenges.

Kohler

Author: Don Boroughs
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781562869632
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This full-length case study, which features interviews, photos, and detailed program descriptions, takes an in-depth look at how Kohler Co. not only established the Kohler Learning Academy, but made learning a way of life for its employees. Among the topics explored are building and nurturing a learning culture, using learning for engagement and retention, motiving employees to learn and innovate, developing leaders, and taking learning programs global.