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Gush, Jason; Smith, Jacksón – Childhood Education, 2019
Innovations that are transforming society at large can be important vehicles for change in the education sector as well. What advances does blockchain technology offer to the learners of today and tomorrow?
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Information Storage, Shared Resources and Services, Access to Information
Schlesinger, Molly A.; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – Childhood Education, 2019
Children are always learning. Innovative initiatives that offer opportunities for learning and skill building in environments outside of school are as important as ones designed for the classroom.
Descriptors: Play, Skill Development, Learning Activities, Educational Games
Transforming the Classroom for Personalized Learning: Building Blocks for Engagement to Learn about Migration
Heyting, Ellen; Thrash, Rachael – Childhood Education, 2019
Learning approaches that support students' awareness of real-world issues and provide opportunities for taking action will lead to true transformation of education.
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Learner Engagement, Migration, Foreign Countries
Karge, Belinda Dunnick; Stephens, Cynthia E.; Widener, Mary K.; Poda, Janice – Childhood Education, 2019
Bringing the transformative change to classrooms that supports student achievement requires a high level of collaboration and leadership. This article describes an innovative model for school improvement that focuses on coaching to elevate educators into true change-makers.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Leadership Role
Martens, Sherry; Crawford, Kathryn – Childhood Education, 2019
An important aspect of bringing innovation to education is supporting children's own innovative thinking. Teachers are finding that escape room activities can provoke children's wonder and determination to pursue their curiosity, which builds a foundation for innovators of the future.
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Learning Activities, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
Lloveras, Fernando – Childhood Education, 2019
A valuable goal for transformation of education is to become a catalyst for developing individual and community values and fostering an ecological culture.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Citizen Participation
Persaud, Amlata; Murphy, Yvette G. – Childhood Education, 2019
Within the context of 2030 development agenda and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), school leaders are critical stakeholders for development. Achievement of the SDG agenda requires collaboration and partnership across all stakeholders and sectors. As a focal point for collaboration within their schools and stewards for…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Cooperative Planning, Stakeholders, Equal Education
Leroy, Lieve; Nguyen, Thi Chau – Childhood Education, 2019
Context has a significant impact on the relative success of efforts to innovate in the classroom. Thus, it is important to understand the role of school leaders as both gatekeepers and facilitators within their specific context.
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Instructional Leadership, Instructional Innovation, Leadership Role
Creating Spaces Where Diversity Is the Norm: An Innovative Competency-Based Blended Learning Teacher Education Program in Ireland
Ring, Emer; O'Sullivan, Lisha – Childhood Education, 2019
Transforming schools to ensure every student has the opportunity to learn requires innovation at the teacher education level. The goal of inclusion is complex, and so it is critically important to prepare teachers to lead organizational change that will increase engagement and achievement of children with diverse learning abilities.
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Teacher Competencies, Learner Engagement, Educational Opportunities
Erickson, Kristen – Childhood Education, 2019
Combining the sophistication of modern communication technology with the simplicity of an unadorned mobile room, Portals are making it possible for people around the world to connect and recognize their shared humanity.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Fujiwara, Yujiro; Hite, Rebecca; Wygant, Heather; Paulsen, Susan – Childhood Education, 2019
Innovative education approaches include citizen science projects that allow students to participate in locally relevant scientific work, connecting content to the real world. Global collaboration provides students with a broader perspective on local issues, allowing students to become more globally aware.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Science Education
Does the Innovation Really Work?: Effectiveness of Self-Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) in the Classroom
Weisblat, Gina Z.; Stiles, Elizabeth A.; McClellan, Jeffrey D. – Childhood Education, 2019
Learners' content knowledge is no longer as valuable as their content navigation skills, and teachers' expertise is no longer beholden to didactic instruction. The self-organized learning environment approach offers a promising pathway through which to engage 21st-century learners.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation
Jain, Saurabh – Childhood Education, 2019
Makerspace are collaborative work spaces inside a school, library, or separate facility for making, learning, exploring, and sharing. They provide opportunities for children to practice critical thinking and creative expression.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
Jones, Mel – Childhood Education, 2018
Unique approaches are important to explore for every aspect of our work with children, including therapeutic support for traumatized children. Sometimes, these techniques involve inviting some furry friends into the classroom.
Descriptors: Animals, Therapy, Counseling Techniques, Trauma
The Change from within Program: Bringing Restorative Justice Circles for Conflict Resolution to Jamaican Schools
Ferguson, Therese; Chevannes, Pauletta – Childhood Education, 2018
The Small Island Developing State of Jamaica, in the Caribbean region, is facing significant environmental, economic, and social challenges. Violence has become a serious challenge for Jamaica and several other countries in the region; the level of violence against and among children is particularly disturbing. Perhaps even more troubling is the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Conflict Resolution, Violence, Public Health