Monday, November 21, 2011

Live Interview Tuesday November 22nd - Scott Nine from IDEA on Reclaiming and Reinventing Education

Join me Tuesday, November 22nd, for another live and interactive webinar with Scott Nine, the Executive Director of IDEA, the Institute for Democratic Education in America. IDEA is a national effort "to unite education with our nation’s democratic values" and they believe that "young people ought to be active co-creators of their own learning and valued participants in a vibrant learning community." We'll talk about democractic education, building momentum for education change, and where and how he sees healthy change in education coming.

Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at

Scott Nine is the Executive Director of IDEA. A dynamic public speaker and organizer, he enjoys teaching and learning about leadership, social justice, community, educational reform, environmental sanity, personal growth, entrepreneurship, and how we get along with one another. Scott has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. He has experience teaching, advising, and creating learning communities for people ages 5 to 95. Raised by two public school educators, Scott fell in love with his partner Hollie while growing up in Apache Junction, Arizona. He lives in Portland, Oregon where Kristofer, KD, and Ellanore teach him new lessons on an almost daily basis.

From the IDEA Website:  "IDEA is a national effort to unite education with our nation’s democratic values.  We believe that young people ought to be active co-creators of their own learning and valued participants in a vibrant learning community.  This is democratic education in action, which as you know is sharply different from the reality experienced by most young people and educators throughout the country...

"IDEA is committed to bridging the disconnect between our democratic values and the way we educate and treat young people. This disconnect is striking, as the learning experience today is largely determined by a standardized, high-stakes, and de-personalized approach that alienates young people from learning and drives gifted teachers out of the profession.

"In contrast, democratic education starts from the premise that every young person is unique, and that all young people ought to have the opportunity to live and learn in an environment that practices meaningful participation, that supports self-initiative in learning, and that is directed towards greater equality and social justice...

"IDEA defines democratic education as learning that equips every human being to participate fully in a healthy democracy. We believe that in a democracy based on participation of each individual, education should also be democratic.

"A democracy is a system in which the people have power and are able to exercise it. Democratic education incorporates the principles of a healthy democracy: students have an active role in shaping their own learning, rather than being passive recipients of knowledge. They are participants and citizens, each with unique gifts, not empty vessels or products on an assembly line....

"IDEA collaborates with communities around the country to reclaim and reinvent education, in ways that develop compassionate citizens and changemakers."

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