As the authors state, “Without rethinking how, what, when, where
and why we are teaching, technology will merely be an expensive way of making
the existing system faster and flashier.” In How to Innovate, Mary Moss Brown and Alisa Berger – founding
co-principals of the NYC iSchool – apply their extensive on-the-ground
experience to demonstrate a radically different approach to school transformation.
They introduce a scalable model of how schools can and should redefine
themselves to better meet the needs of 21st-century students.
a framework built around four critical levers for school change – curriculum,
culture, time and human capital – the NYC iSchool model merges the teaching of
big ideas and valuable skills with the realities of accountability, academic
preparation and adolescent development. How
to Innovate includes more than 20 activities that will help educators begin
the process of school transformation, whether they want to focus on a single
program, one area of change, or engage in a full-scale whole school improvement
effort. This accessible, practical, and inspiring resource is designed to be
used over and over again, in any context, despite the constantly changing
climates in which schools operate.