Teacher models lifelong learning for special ed classes

Nasa Cole, a Special Education teacher at East Avenue Middle School, embodies the idea of a teacher as a role model by continuing her own journey in learning and inspiring her students to regard their education as a skill to carry with them past the classroom.

She spent eight weeks of her summer break this year as an Ignited Fellow in the Lockheed Martin Military Space Business Unit in Sunnyvale. Read on…


Lifelong learning applied to marriage

A contributor to the Alamosa News brings in a different aspect of “lifelong learning…”

Reminds me of an assignment I had when the editor, F.G. “Doc” Kirby, told me to interview a couple who had been wed for more than 55 years. I was going through a bitter divorce and he thought I could learn from them.

To him, every day was an opportunity to learn something new through experience. Doc was a great proponent of lifelong learning. I learned that when we were typing copy on wire service fanfold paper and sending it to the back to have someone else type it in and set it for printing.

I had written about a government meeting I had attended and did so in great detail, since the discussion seemed to be important to the public.

Doc, who stood more than six feet tall, put one end under his toe and stretched the copy upwards. It was longer than he was tall.

“Keerist! This is bigger than I am. Cut it down,” he said. “It should not be any taller than you are.”

Read the rest… https://alamosanews.com/article/native-writes-lifelong-learning

“CE just lost its voice” in Kentucky, says Ex. Dir.

Local Community Education programs across Kentucky will have less of a voice in state government following a recent move by Gov. Matt Bevin to abolish the state’s Council for Community Education, says Debi Wade Jordan, the leader of Bowling Green’s program.

“We’ve just lost our voice,” said Jordan, executive director of the local nonprofit.

Read both sides of move: https://www.bgdailynews.com/news/we-ve-just-lost-our-voice-community-education-leader-reacts/article_050e0c77-7c03-5685-878e-e714acc0e110.html

Education in a world where students never graduate

The push for lifelong learning is fueling competition from alternative providers, but colleges and universities have a secret weapon: the deep bond they form with students, which should lead to a lifelong relationship, Chris Dellarocas writes.

August 1, 2018

John Seely Brown, the former director of the legendary Xerox PARC laboratory, famously wrote in 2011 that the half-life of a skill is five years (and shrinking). This means that half of what we learn today will become obsolete five years from now. How are higher ed institutions dealing with this?


From functional literacy to lifelong learning

”Our country must move on from universal functional literacy to skill development and lifelong learning,” said India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

According to Naidu, there is a glaring gap in world’s development — one-third population of the world is illiterate.

Read what they are proposing to do about it in India: https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/our-country-must-move-on-from-functional-literacy-to-lifelong-learning-venkaiah-naidu-1301502-2018-07-31

Company culture emphasizes lifelong learning

Always learn.

That’s a key aspect of the culture at Sarasota-based S-One Holdings Corp. Employees now have access to over 3,000 courses through the online platform Udemy. The company pays for licenses for employees as a way to encourage constant learning. S-One also hosts in-person classes at its Sarasota office.

Read why the company believes that is a good thing… https://www.businessobserverfl.com/article/s-one-holding-sarasota-continuing-education-learning

The importance of lifelong learning

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.”

That saying is attributed to Albert Einstein, and still holds true today.

For eons, people have been reading to learn, attending lectures and presentations, going to museums, art shows, musical presentations, so on and so on. With the advent of online learning, there is now no reason to stop learning new things throughout life.

Dr. Tod Kline, superintendent of the Waynesboro Area School District, gives his reasons on the importance of lifelong learning in this day and age. Published in The Record Herald.

Read entire article here: http://www.therecordherald.com/news/20180727/klines-korner-importance-of-lifelong-learning

LeBron James school uses community education

I Promise is going above and beyond to address the non-academic issues that affect classroom performance

NBA superstar LeBron James is supporting a new school in Akron, Ohio. I Promise will offer longer hours (to match work hours and offer more resources), have high standards, emphasize STEM, and focus on career options. One notable goal is to bring in the community and family, forging those connections so common to those in the field of Community Education. From the article:

One of I Promise’s key tenets is building connections to its students and its community. Creating a comfortable home life is one of the school’s core beliefs, and it stretches beyond just the student. Parents can use the institution’s job and family services, study through its GED program, or design meals at the on-site food bank to cook at home. There are also counselors on staff to help children deal with the trauma that may arise in their daily life.

“I think the missing link in public education is that family wraparound support,” said Brandi Davis, the school’s principal. “Because our students come to school and they’re worried about things at home. … We want to create that safe, that secure and that caring and loving environment for our families and our students so that our kids can focus on education.”

Read more here: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/7/31/17634370/lebron-james-school-akron-i-promise-different

Google looks at lifelong learning

Despite technology offering more learning options than ever before, we haven’t yet figured out a way that this can truly benefit everyone. Google is looking at an initiative to bring lifelong learning digitally to those who need it most. They offer 3 steps:

1. Make online learning more accessible

2. Make it clear

3. Start learning with completion in mind.

Read more here: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/grow-with-google/lifelong-learning-everyone-what-weve-learned-our-european-social-innovation-partners/