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The Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners Book 1

The Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners Book 1
How to Make Personalization and Student Autonomy Happen

October 2015 | 232 pages | Corwin

Your blueprint to entrepreneur-minded schooling

The Take-Action Guide to World Class Learners series provides the most complete information available on designing twenty-first century schools poised to leapfrog into the future! These practice-oriented books expand on Dr. Yong Zhao’s acclaimedWorld Class Learners, which presents a new framework for cultivating creative and entrepreneurial students. Now, with this first book in the follow-up three-volume set, Zhao digs much deeper, revealing how exactly to put that framework into effect. 

This first book in the series provides specific strategies and practical advice on how to 

  • Incorporate student choice for flexible, student-focused curriculum
  • Motivate students to turn strengths into passions 
  • Cultivate students’ technical, creative, decision making, and communication skills

Implement Zhao’s new paradigm shift one phase at a time, starting with Book 1. Better yet, read all three volumes for a complete blueprint to entrepreneur-minded schooling. 

“The ideal school should provide opportunities and resources to enable students to personalize their educational experiences instead of receiving a uniform standardized, externally prescribed, education diet.”
--Yong Zhao

Introduction: Making World Class Learners
1. Personalization and Autonomy
2. Creating Your Own School: What Student-driven Curriculum Looks Like
3. Helping Students Turn Strengths Into Passions
4. Curriculum Flexibility and Breadth: Personalization With the Common Core
5. Mentoring and Guidance: The Role of Adults
6. Flexible Spaces, Schedules, and Roles: Enabling Personalization
7. Collaboration and Technology: Utilizing External Resources for Personalization
8. Autonomy With Responsibility: Preparing Ethical Entrepreneurs
Key features

Each chapter

·         Aligns with a concept from World Class Learners

·         Begins with a vignette from a Featured School that illustrates what the chapter theme looks like in a real school setting

·         Breaks down the chapter theme into Principles to aid in implementation

·         Offers suggestions for how the chapter theme can be implemented at the classroom, school, and district level

·         Addresses challenges that might come up when implementing the strategy

·         Includes at least two activities that will help educators and students understand how to implement the strategy in their own personal way

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