Can you get in touch with your big audacious dream in less than two decades? Two years? Two months? Two days? How about two hours?
I didn’t think it was possible and I was wrong. Recently I attended an Awaken the Dreamer Changing the Dream symposium, at the Red Vic B&B and Peace Center on Haight Street in San Francisco. The event was lead by educator, painter and writer, Laurie Marshall, founder of Unity Through Creativity. Among those present in the audience was artist and founder of the Red Vic, Sami Sunchild, and Betty Kissilove, author of Great Ball of Fire!, a beautiful book about how the Universe came into existence.
We sat in a circle as we watched short videos and were lead through short thought-provoking exercises. The evening was sponsored by the Pachamama Alliance (“PA”).
The presentation at SF WordCamp 2011 that had me closest to tears was this one. John Kleinschmidt spoke about CURE International. Zack Berke shared his work with UNICEF in Uganda. See the slides and be inspired.
What WordPress is to the web, curriki.org may become to education (for at least K-12 that is). Scott McNealy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, was the keynote speaker at ShiftED, a conference held to inspire and inform educators on how to embrace 21st Century technology to transform teaching.
“Education is not a right in this country. A right is something you give to everybody without taking from anybody. Healthcare is not a right in this country either,” said McNealy.
Citing sad statistics on the performance of 4th graders in U.S. schools, “What we have is not an Achievement Gap, we have an Achievement Grand Canyon!”
To address his concerns for the state of education and in alignment with his belief in open source, McNealy founded curriki.org. There you’ll find free learning resources including lesson plans, interactive materials, games, and other learning aids to enliven today’s classroom where students are more likely to be using digital media not yet available at the school they’re attending.