More than 97% of all Americans attended public schools. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other civic effort that has that same reach and impact on shaping the future of our nation. If this is true, then it’s incumbent upon all educators to ensure that schools are living up to their potential as a public good.
The good news is, our schools are full of the caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful professionals we need to build the modern schools we need. This is the knowledge that led Chris Lehmann and me to write Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need. Throughout the book we reflect on the experience of building Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA, as well as what we’ve learned from colleagues and other schools around the world.
Knowing what has worked for others isn’t the same as knowing and building solutions that will work for you and the people you serve. It’s why we made sure that each chapter of the book includes immediate next steps (often questions) to help readers engage in the thinking and reflection that will lead to meaningful, sustained action in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
To make this change and create the schools we need, it’s going to take combined, collaborative conversation and work. Let’s get started. Join Chris and me during the next #TchLIVE chat on March 31st at 4 pm PT where we’ll talk about some of the key ideas of the book and work together as we build the schools our country needs. (Our publisher, Wiley, is offering a 30% discount on the purchase of Building School 2.0 in recognition of this #TchLIVE event. Just use the code BUILD at checkout.)
Zac Chase is a teacher, learner, and technologist. Currently working as an instructional technology coordinator at the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado, Zac has taught middle and high school students English language arts in Sarasota, FL and at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his B.A. in English from Illinois State University, as well as an Ed.M. in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University, and an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Follow Zac on Twitter: @MrChase.
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA, considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement. In 2013, Chris co-founded the non-profit Inquiry Schools, to help more schools create more empowering, modern learning experiences for students, and he serves as Superintendent and Chair of the Board. As of 2015, Chris also serves as the Assistant Superintendent of the Innovative Schools Network for the School District of Philadelphia. Chris is the 2014 winner of the McGraw Prize in Education. Chris is co-editor of What School Leaders Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media, co-author of Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need, author of the education blog Practical Theory, and father to Jakob and Theo. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisLehmann.