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UnCommon Learning

UnCommon Learning
Creating Schools That Work for Kids

Co-publication with Learning Forward

© 2016 | 264 pages | Corwin

UnCommon Learning techniques set the stage for mastery and true student engagement

Integrate digital media and new applications with purpose and build a culture of learning with pleasure!
Let students use real-world tools to do real-world work and develop skills society demands. Be the leader who creates this environment. UnCommon Learning shows you how to transform a learning culture through sustainable and innovative initiatives. It moves straight to the heart of using innovations such as Makerspaces, Blended Learning and Microcredentials. Included in the book:

  • Vignettes to illustrate key ideas
  • Real life examples to show what works
  • Graphs and data to prove initiatives’ impact
1. The Challenges That Schools Face
2. Culture Shock
3. Digital Learning Across the Curriculum
4. Makerspaces
5. Blended and Virtual Learning
6. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
7. Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials
8. Academies and Smaller Learning Communities
9. Connected Learning
10. Schools That Work For Students
Appendices A-D

Uncommon Learning is a narrative-style written textbook which made it very easy to read. It offers a ton of examples educators are using and is very applicable to current educators working in the field. Author Eric Sheninger continues to expand upon building schools to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners. I would suggest it as a book study for schools.

Dr Brian Cook
Education Dept, Salisbury University
October 6, 2016
Key features

There is a clear focus in every chapter on school culture, relevance, personalization, and sustainability. Throughout each of these chapters are vignettes illustrating key ideas and implementation tips so that the reader can begin the change process. Relevant links have also been incorporated into these chapters to add depth and provide further details on each initiative. Pertinent graphics and data related to how each initiative has had a positive impact on student achievement are also included throughout the book. An appendix at the end of the book provides additional resources to assist leaders with implementation.


Examples of successful uncommon learning initiatives that have been implemented at the AU school and elsewhere are described in most chapters.


Most chapters have a step by step implementation process (see Ch 3)

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ISBN: 9781483365756