Director, Digital Text Initiative
The University of Akron | Center for Literacy
Web site: http://brueckei.org
Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?
When passion and interest drive an individual’s pursuit of understanding, learning can become a reconstruction rather than a transmission of knowledge. The EdCamp model provides opportunities for participant-driven conversations to organically grow from shared interests and passions. In our current educational culture, times for this type of invaluable professional learning experience are limited. I’m excited to get the opportunity to connect with so many others at EdCampCLE in a learning environment that emphasizes the role of the SOCIAL and CULTURAL context of learning.
What have you been learning lately?
It’s time to organize with the intent to revolutionize. We can’t just keep talking and complaining. Our kids deserve more from us and we must advocate for a educational system that supports their future, not our past.
If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?
I’d love to hear more critical conversations around moving from an educational system where we are compliant with a testing culture that finds value in measuring only static knowledge to a culture that embraces both quantitative and qualitative ways of knowing and seeks to build essential understandings in students.
If you could change the world…
I’d bring the discretion and decision-making powers back to local communities. Education shouldn’t be legislated on a state or national level by people with no connection to our local schools. It should be done by individual communities, parents, teachers and students who are innately involved with our kids learning.
The ideal classroom is…
What if we redefined “class” to a more informal co-op or collaborative gathering of learners? Why are we continuing to organize by age? What if we eliminated semesters and jumped in to continuous knowledge pools where teachers and learners moved in and out as needed?
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Whenever I need inspiration I read Tupac lyrics.
One more thing…
Shout out to @schinker for organizing EdCampCLE.
Jeremy Brueck’s company, Brueck Educational Innovations, supported EdCamp Cleveland through a $250 donation to help offset the cost of the event. We are grateful for his support.
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