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What School Could Be

Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America
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Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America, visiting all 50 states in a single school year. He originally set out to raise awareness about the urgent need to reimagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation, but America's teachers one-upped him.

All across the country, he met teachers in ordinary settings doing extraordinary things, creating innovative classrooms where children learn deeply and joyously as they gain purpose, agency, and real knowledge. Together, these new ways of teaching and learning offer a vision of what school could be and a model for transforming schools throughout the United States and beyond. Better yet, teachers and parents don't have to wait for the revolution to come from above. They can readily implement small changes that can make a big difference.

America's clock is ticking. Our archaic model of education trains our kids for a world that no longer exists, and accelerating advances in technology are eliminating millions of jobs. But the trailblazing of many American educators gives us reasons for hope. Capturing bold ideas from teachers and classrooms across America, What School Could Be provides a realistic, and profoundly optimistic, roadmap for creating cultures of innovation and real learning in all our schools.

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  • Omar M.
  • 28-01-2019

What this book could be

I was hoping to have good insights from this book. However, it is organized according to the trip the author took, rather than the lessons learned. It can become rather boring after a while. I hope in his next book the author organizes the book as lessons or ideas worth exploring and give examples from his experience.

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  • Carpe Libre
  • 27-03-2019

A bell-weather classic for every educator.

A non-negotiable staple for insight and innovation in our educational system. Listen to it. Hear it’s message.

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  • joshreppun
  • 03-01-2020

Best Book On EDU

This is flat out the best book to read if you see yourself as a potential change agent on your campus. And, visit InnovationPlaylist.org to gain a valuable resource as you move forward.

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  • MF
  • 17-11-2019

Old boys

While the topic is interesting, this author only seems to cite achievements of (presumably white) men in the field. I feel this is so disrespectful to the majority of teachers who are women. Ugh!!!! By citing mostly men’s achievements, he reinforces the invisibility of women’s achievements.

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  • Charuka deshan
  • 10-10-2019

I highly recommend this book for anyone

Ted introduces a sense of urgency into the need to change our current education model in the US that is unprecedented. He put in the time and traveled to all 50 states to see what real innovation and change is taking place in classrooms across the country to better prepare our kids for the new innovation economy and jobs. He's keenly aware of the price tag of college and the metrics being used to admit kids to college that do not prepare them to enter the job market, to innovate and create solutions to real world problems

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  • Alex Ilyaev
  • 13-03-2019

A very important piece of work on education

I wish all educational institutions would read this book.
I always said that school is broken, but was quickly dismissed by my parents and teachers.
This book shows you just how much most schools are broken and cites many many great examples of schools that are making a difference.
School doesn't have to suck!

This book is important not only for those in education in any way, but also to parents and students alike.

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  • Nick
  • 30-01-2019

Must read!

This book will change the way you think about education in America. Please share with your communities.

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  • George Bebensee
  • 06-08-2018

Dintersmith Cheers for Project-Based Learning

Make no mistake--this is Dintersmith's argument for wholesale change in America's education system. It's not merely a travelogue. Schools that practice project-based learning are good, and those that don't are bad--this is Dintersmith's position. He makes a good case with clear and compelling real life examples. He sees education as essentially getting students ready for jobs, though he does talk about making students contributing members of a civil society. Dintersmith is also a bit of a cheerleader for himself. Still, the book is worth the time if you're a teacher looking for encouragement to make the jump to project based learning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2018

All People Should Hear This Book!

This book was full of inspirational stories and Ted Dintersmith has done it again. This movement will come from the ground up - one innovative classroom at a time. What School Could Be is not just another book; rather, a call to action.

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  • cmurray
  • 12-08-2018

A dare to dream big

If your teacher was completely comfortable with the status quo this book will challenge you. But the other pointed out that no one is comfortable with the status quo so if you are a teacher or other education leader and feeling frustrated, this book will validate and challenge you. As a person who loves examples, this book is chock-full of strong examples of education leaders swimming against the tide and the rewards they’re seeing in their students. We can do this, and this book will help.