Online Book Talk: The Education We Need for a Future We Can't Predict, with Tom Hatch, Jordan Corson & Sarah Gerth van den Berg

Creating More Powerful Learning Experiences

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Mar 31

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Russell Hall 101

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Please JOIN us for a virtual book talk with Thomas Hatch, Jordan Corson, and Sarah Gerth van den Berg on their recent publication, The Education We Need for a Future We Can't Predict, published by Corwin Press (2021).This book "focuses on efforts to create more powerful learning experiences both inside and outside schools in developed and developing contexts", and discussion will moderated by colleague Daniel Friedrich who will welcome guests and introduce the co-authors.

In order for educational systems to change, we must reevaluate deep-seated beliefs about learning, teaching, schooling, and race that perpetuate inequitable opportunities and outcomes. Hatch, Corson, and Gerth van den Berg challenge the narrative when it comes to the “grammar of schooling”— or the conventional structures, practices, and beliefs that define educational experiences for so many children—to cast a new vision of what school could be.

The book addresses current systemic problems and solutions as it:

  • Highlights global examples of successful school change
  • Describes strategies that improve educational opportunities and performance
  • Explores promising approaches in developing new learning opportunities
  • This provocative book approaches education reform by highlighting what works, while also demonstrating what can be accomplished if we redefine conventional schools."

-- Publisher's description

The authors will be introduced by Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Friedrich's scholarly research includes the politics of schooling and of teacher education, particularly with a focus on Latin America.

Thomas Hatch is Director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, & Teaching (NCREST) and Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Hatch's research interests include studies of school improvement at the school, district, and national levels; educational leadership and change; high-performing education systems; teacher research; and human development. He earned an EdD from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and has authored numerous articles and scholarly publications.

Jordan Corson is an alumnus of Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching in 2020, with a dissertation entitled, "Undocumented Educations: Everyday Educational Practices of Recently Immigrated Youth Beyond Inclusion/Exclusion." Dr. Corson has served as a Student Teacher Supervisor at Hunter College since 2015. He also holds a MA in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College and MS in Education from Hunter College.

Sarah Gerth van den Berg is a current doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University where she also serves as an Instructor and Course Assistant. As a curriculum designer, Sarah creates freelance curriculum projects for schools, museums, cultural institutions, and public spaces.

Please rsvp by Tuesday, March 30th with your interest and details. Join the book talk using this link. A free publisher's copy will be raffled off or given to the first attendee!

Watch the February 2021 podcast with Thomas Hatch, as interviewed by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of the learning design firm, GettingSmart.

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