An edPORTAL Self-preneur enjoys learning on his unique path with plenty of support and opportunities to discover his or her super-hero potential.
The edPORTAL platform and programs will empower community-wide collaboration, incubation of innovation, and advocacy for students and policy changes that enable rapid dissemination, scaling, and system transformation.
The eHUB program will connect students to real-world challenges and learning opportunities in the community.
By 2020, Finland schools will no longer have subject-based classes. Instead students will learn through Phenomenon-based projects with clear learning tasks and content material incorporated into the broad, interdisciplinary theme. Sample Phenomenon to study may include hurricanes, poverty, electric cars, water, war, etc.
EIC's edPORTAL platform vision is to provide a Learning Ecosystem of the future that is POWERED BY STUDENTS.
How? By unleashing each individual's greatest learning potential through stimulating natural curiosity and inner drive and motivation to solve problems and inquire into the unknown.
The magic of the edPORTAL vision is that young people will be allowed and encouraged to spread their wings to explore their passions and interests through real world experiences that develop their unique talents and gifts to contribute to their communities. They will have this autonomy to play into their potential along with plenty of time to engage with their peers while receiving coaching and mentoring from caring adults as needed - along with strong curricular scaffolding to succeed rapidly, with joy, along their individualized pathway to their optimal first career.
The edPORTAL Ecosystem will provide students, teachers, counselors, parents, mentors, and community members with bountiful opportunities to virtually collaborate with each other and with students around learning experiences - free of time and space constraints. Students benefit from just-in-time feedback, assessment, support, and dialogue to accelerate their learning cycle and deepen learning.
This ecosystem supports an organic human growth and development model that replaces the production line factory model of education we've been using for the last 100 years. The old model batch-processes kids through a one-size-fits all conveyor belt curriculum that moves them together by student age, in year-long chunks, based on time spent in school and in isolated subject courses in middle and high school. Students progress to a new year, a new school or graduate from high school based on time spent sitting in classes where they score a composite Grade Point Average of D or more. This system means that students can and are consistently promoted and graduated every year who may only know or demonstrate 70% of the course content requirements.
This system results in too many students having large gaps in knowledge and capacity to read, write, apply mathematical thinking, and understand physical and social science history and current concepts for being an effective employee and citizen today.
In contrast, the organic, humanistic model of learning provides the nurturing conditions (such as soil, water, and sun to plants) that enable each individual learner to flourish from their latent seed potential into the thriving unique adult they are meant to be. The kind of coaching and support that each young person receives will differ based on their learning needs and capacities as well as their personal interests, passions, curiosities, talents, gifts, and career ambitions.
In developmental psychology, we call this human process of exploring and growing into our unique potential as INDIVIDUATION. We know this holy grail has been achieved when a person demonstrates their capacity to independently learn, grow, develop, and manifest as a productive, self-directed citizen who contributes to their community and world.
For this process to work well for every young person, we need to collaborate as a community - providing a network of support - like an extended family - to each and every student when and as soon as they need it.
How do we do this? By re-creating the culture of a caring village. A village that raises every child, regardless of their background, to become thriving adults who uplift their families and our communities with their creativity, compassion, and leadership.
To create this village culture in large towns, cities, counties, and districts requires open collaboration among educators, parents, students, employers, service providers, and community members so that everyone is empowered to contribute their wisdom, talents, and gifts to the betterment of our students and communities.
By unleashing the synergistic power of our diverse perspectives, ideas, gifts, and experiences, our collaboration can generate the unstoppable vision and actions that create a world-class, continuously adapting Deep Learning Ecosystem that uplifts every young person to their self-preneur potential.
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We are always seeking pioneer educators and leaders to join Collaborative Learning Communities (CLC) with each other to research and pilot deep personalized learning practices including experiential project-based, technology enabled, community-engaged, competency-based approaches. Interested? Curious to learn more? COMMENT or JOIN US.
We seek parents to participate in Collaborative Learning Communities to share mutual challenges, questions and to offer your ideas and services to improve student learning - perhaps mentoring? We especially appreciate parents of students involved with new pilot programs to give feedback and help ensure the programs are supporting your students learning needs and opportunities. Interested? Curious to learn more?
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We encourage every member of our community to share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure to support our next generation of citizens. Whether you have professional and career expertise to share, tutoring skills to offer, an internship opportunity in your organization, or a grant for an innovative pilot school program, EIC will connect you with the students, educators, and school leaders who will benefit the most from your generosity. Interested? Curious to learn more?
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