Category: BLC

Dec. 19, 2011

Learn From a School That Has Completely Flipped Out – An Interview with Greg Green on Flipped Learning Model

While many individual and small clusters of teachers have been utilizing the flipped learning model within their classrooms, Greg Green, Principal at Clintondale High School, located just outside of Detroit, Michigan, has been pioneering the infusion of this model across his entire school. In this episode, Alan and Greg discuss how this effort began and continues to develop as well as the substantial improvement this model has brought over past failure rates amongst his school’s at-risk population.

Greg Green will be a presenter at the 2012 Building Learning Communities conference being held this sumer in Boston. To learn more, visit


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Oct. 1, 2011

BLC11 Keynote: Dr. Eric Mazur

Today, we are officially relaunching our opening keynote from BLC11 with Dr. Eric Mazur. Dr. Mazur is the Area Dean of Applied Physics and  Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

In his keynote, Dr. Mazur shares his vast research on teaching and learning. Students in Dr. Mazur’s class are moving far away from the traditional stand and deliver lectures given in many k-12 and university classrooms around the world, and they are gaining a much deeper understanding of the material being taught in the process.

As you watch this video, we invite you to [...]

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Jul. 31, 2011

BLC11 Big Take-Away? Problem-finding is the Next Big Thing

One of the threads to emerge out of a number of terrific presentations at November Learning’s  Building Learning Communities 2011  conference in Boston was the idea that we are shifting to a new pedagogy.

We might describe the old model of teaching–let’s call it “education 1.0″–as a problem-solving pedagogy. In it, students are asked to solve hundreds of trivial problems in textbooks and worksheets. Page-tall columns of algebra equations come to mind immediately, but we find equally dull work in other subjects, too: book reports in language arts classes, listing provinces and their capitals in Social Studies classes, for example. I [...]

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Jul. 19, 2011

Fostering Change Through Leadership – An Interview with Dr. Eric Williams

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Dr. Eric Williams, Superintendent of the Yorktown School Division in Yorktown, VA. The two discuss the important role of a leader in setting policy, modeling the learning process and encouraging expanded learning opportunities for students, teachers and school administrators for the purpose of building a solid foundation for learning in a 21st century school environment.

Dr. Williams encourages your questions and comments through his Twitter account and his blog.

Also, Dr. Wiliams will be a presenter at the 2011 Building Learning Communities Conference being held this July in Boston. For more information, [...]


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Jul. 18, 2011

Digital writing teachers explore

In late June, YWP paired with some teachers from the Green Mountains Writing Project (the VT chapter of the National Writing Project) to lead an intensive week-long course on Digital Writing to a dozen teachers. It was exhausting, fascinating and — the good news — we were able to try out a couple of things we plan to do with participants of my pre-conference workshop next Monday afternoon at the BLC2011.

What was most startling to me was the degree to which teachers demanded — and got — extra time to go deeper into their interactive projects. We focused all [...]


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Jul. 18, 2011

Creating Sustainable Change – An Interview with Jennifer Beine and Andrew Zuckerman

Welcome back for another episode of the November Learning Podcast Series. In this episode, Alan November, Jennifer Beine and Andrew Zuckerman discuss the long-term collaboration taking place between November Learning and Lawrence Middle School as the two build capacity leading to sustainable change amongst the school’s administration, faculty and students.

Jennifer and Andrew will be presenting a session at this summer’s Building Learning Communities Conference titled Creating Sustainable Change. This session will dig deeper into the ideas discussed in this podcast. To learn more about this session and about BLC, visit


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Jul. 11, 2011

Extra Extra!! School Administration Removes Over 20,000 Books from School Library but Hires Extra Librarian? – An Interview with Dr. James Tracy

In this episode, Alan November speaks with Dr. James Tracy, Headmaster at Cushing Academy. The two discuss the decision that was made at Cushing Academy to rid the library of thousands of books in favor of creating a space that serves students through electronic resources in addition to authentic, enhanced and individualized interactions amongst librarians, teachers and students.

How do you make your school library the MOST POPULAR place in the school? Can you image the day when the majority of your school’s content is on e-readers? How would the flow of traffic in your library change if teacher [...]


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Mar. 11, 2011

Models of Flipped Learning: A Podcast with Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

In this podcast, Alan November interviews Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, chemistry teachers from Woodland Park, CO. The discussion focuses on their models of flipped learning where the traditional model of classwork and homework is reversed, leading students to a deeper understanding about the concepts being taught.

Both Jonathan and Aaron will be presenters at the BLC11 conference being held this summer in Boston, MA. Click here for more information.

In addition, Jonathan and Aaron provided us with a series of resources to share that pertain to the work they and their students are doing.

Mar. 3, 2011

Lessons Learned in the Think Global School: A Podcast with Brad Ovenell-Carter

In this podcast, Alan November has a conversation with Brad Ovenell-Carter, School Head of the Think Global School. This traveling school takes a global contingency of students on a journey through various countries as they learn about the world around them as well as dig deeply into a rich curriculum.

Alan and Brad discuss the uniqueness of this school, the real work students are doing as they build curriculum and resources along with their teachers as well as the lessons they have learned that can impact any school.

Brad will be a presenter at the BLC11 conference being held this July in Boston. [...]


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Jan. 7, 2011

Students as Contributors: A Podcast with Silvia Tolisano

In this podcast, Alan interviews Silvia Tolisano, 21st Century Learning Specialist, along with other administrators, teachers and students at Martin J. Gottlieb School. Here, students are being encouraged to take more of a leadership role in their learning as they take part in a variety of jobs inspired by Alan November’s article, Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm.

The jobs these students are doing give them a great deal of responsibility and provide them with authentic tasks that result in meaningful content that supplements their learning and connects them with experts from around the world.

Silvia will be a presenter at the 2011 Building Learning [...]


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