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Collective Wisdom from Innovative Schools: A Review by Randall Fielding

The new book “Collective Wisdom from Innovative Schools,” edited by Sean Tierney, represents the best practices culled from a collaboration between 187 schools in 70 countries, sponsored by the the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network. Full disclosure: my parter Prakash Nair and I have worked with the Partners in Learning network since 2006, facilitating conferences and conducting Webinars around the world to foster innovative learning communities.

We first met Sean Tierney at a Partners in Learning conference in Oulu, Finland in 2007, where we concluded our conversations with a wild night in the sauna and a leap into arctic waters. The high energy discourse continues, and “Collective Wisdom,” does an excellent job of capturing the best of it. The book is divided into four sections: 1) Learn! Teaching, Learning, & Assessment; 2) Inspire! Leadership & Culture of Innovation; 3) Empower! Capacity Building; and 4) Immerse! Learning Spaces.

Inspiring content ranging from Sir Ken Robinson on the art of teaching and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on optimal learning states is juxtaposed with dozens of practical systems and case studies from successful schools around the world. The book is well worth owning for $35. Go forth, purchase, and innovate!

- Randy Fielding

April 10th, 2012

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