Thursday, April 14, 2011

Visions of Education Event Captures Powerful Learning Experiences

Visions of EducationTeachers, students and community members came together at the Visions of Education event on March 23 as part of a multi-year grassroots engagement initiative that focuses on powerful learning experiences and how to mimic their key elements in today’s classroom.

The event was part of a nationwide campaign in conjunction with the release of a new book in which 50 Americans – from students to social workers to the Secretary of Education – share personal stories about their most powerful learning experiences and/or most effective teachers. 

The purpose of the campaign is to give all Americans a chance to reflect on four essential questions:  1) How do people learn? 2) What is worth learning? 3) What does the optimal learning environment look like? and 4) How can we create more of them? 

ROP teacher Ellie Vandiver and her student Rhianne Maxwell were honored guests along with Irwin Jacobs, Co-Founder and former CEO of Qualcomm; Randolph Ward, SD County Superintendent of Schools; and Ralf Swenson, Grossmont Union HS District Superintendent.

Patrick Henry High ROP Engineering Design and Development students displayed the stair crutch they developed to assist persons with Multiple Sclerosis.  Students from Crawford High Multimedia & Visual Arts School (MVAS) graphically captured the essence breakout sessions by creating posters. Student work from Scripps Ranch High, SCPA, San Diego High School of Business, Zamorano Elementary and Sherman Elementary schools were on display at the event

Currently, 25 American cities are planning to host public conversations that will provide an opportunity for people to hear stories, share their own insights and participate in experiential learning opportunities that are used to seed relevant ongoing local work.  For more information, visit

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