I have recently returned from a thought-provoking meeting, and write here to share some reflections. For almost two decades, our Good Project team has been investigating Good Work, and more recently we have expanded our research to include investigations into Good Play, Good Citizenship, and Good Life.
At our annual Project Zero Summer Institute, we taught a new course called Quality: Does it Matter? For the past five years, with generous funding from Faber Castell, a company that shares our own GoodWork values, we have been studying the topic of quality—how …
Last week, along with several colleagues from Project Zero, I participated in a conference in Washington DC. Our hosts were CASIE (Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education) and WIS (the Washington International School).
Our colleague and inspired educator Kiran Sethi has sent us news about the Design for Change (DFC) initiative. The DFC Contest is an international contest encouraging children to make positive change happen in their communities.
This past summer, Wendy and I reworked the GoodWork Toolkit. Conceived in 2004, piloted and tested for several years afterwards, from what colleagues and teachers told us, the materials were in good shape
Wendy and I are attending the Expeditionary Learning Schools National Conference in Kansas City. An amazing group of educators, and an inspiring series of discussions. This year’s focus is on good work and we’re honored to be a part of it. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Expeditionary Learning, let me tell you a little bit about it, because it’s growing, it’s having impact, and that impact is of exceptional quality.
The recent announcement of the Nobel Laureates in Medicine point to another achievement that deserves recognition: outstanding mentorship. Elizabeth Blackburn and Carol Greider were members of a scientific “lineage” with Joseph Gall at its head. Blackburn studied under Gall; Greider studied under Blackburn. Two very successful women in a field that has been dominated by men, in a field in which mentoring does not typically come first.
Welcome to the Toolkit website! This project has been a long time coming, and we are excited to watch what happens as this community comes together. In the past few months, we have been gathering together material for this site, and it’s been a pleasure revisiting letters, syllabi, student work, and other materials gathered over the past few years.