TTT#320 Visioning New Curriculum K12OnlineConf. w/ Karen Fasimpaur, Paul Oh, Christina Cantrill, Sue King Bonita Deamicis 10.24

On this episode of TTT, we re-mix Karen Fasimpaur's Keynote for the K12 Online Conference strand: Visioning New Curriculum.

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Welcome to day one of the 2012 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

Presentation Title: Visioning New Curriculum

Presentation Description: This keynote session by Karen Fasimpaur for the “Visioning New Curriculum” strand talks about the unique opportunities presented by Common Core, digital tools, openness, and innovation. The time for one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum is over. This session gives examples of curriculum that is personalized, real world, iterative, and collaborative. It is time for a new era in curriculum — one that is digital, open, innovative, and built by and for our community. This video includes reflection questions which can be explored collaboratively at The ideas in this video were developed collaboratively with a group of many people much smarter than me. Thanks to everyone who played along. This process was a testament to the power of collaboration and of creation as way to reflect and learn.

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Additional InformationP2PU K12 Online group –

Maker Faire –

Junior FIRST LEGO League –

Supercomputing Challenge –

National Writing Project –

Youth Voices –

NanoWrimo –

P2PU –

Common Core State Standards –

SETDA “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age” –

OER for K-12 –

PhET Simulations –

YouthVoices curriculum challenges and grid –

Click Read more to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast.


Michael: hello
19:56unnamedHi There, Just testing and making sure I can connect with everyone. Talk soon. Hopefully
19:56unnamedI see needed to put name : Liz in Australia
20:56karen (@kfasimpaur): Greetings everyone.
20:56karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi LIz!
21:05karen (@kfasimpaur): Liz, do you want to join us in the g+ hangout? There's room.
21:06karen (@kfasimpaur):
21:08karen (@kfasimpaur): Sue is an awesome example of a school leader who is all about curriculum. I love that.
21:12karen (@kfasimpaur): P2PU group:
21:14karen (@kfasimpaur): You kind of have to define the purpose of school first, no?
21:14karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi, Chad.
21:17chadsansing: Hello!
21:18chadsansing: Just looking around and taking in all the feeds assembled here tonight!
21:18karen (@kfasimpaur): "college and career readiness"...interesting topic
21:19karen (@kfasimpaur): How about "life readiness"? (I'm still working on that myself. :)
21:20chadsansing: The learning that happens?
21:22lrenshaw: Liz: I'm in the chatbox! hello there
21:23karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi, Liz.
21:23karen (@kfasimpaur): You getting the video ok?
21:25karen (@kfasimpaur): That's me on top of the house in progress.
21:29chadsansing: The hidden curriculum! Comply! Obey!
21:31karen (@kfasimpaur): Chad, you want to join us in the g+ hangout? There's room if u want.
21:31chadsansing: Curriculum and its atomization and abstraction are totally intertwined with tracking, leveling, and traditional scheduling that disassociates the content areas (and kids and teachers) from one another.
21:32karen (@kfasimpaur): We have to get away from content coverage.
21:32chadsansing: Thank you, Karen - I think I will lurk here tonight.
21:36chadsansing: What would we look like after a hundred years of democratic, inquiry-based learning?
21:36karen (@kfasimpaur): Different, for sure
21:37chadsansing: We need patience - that approach is long-term and provides for the development of vital skills and learning over more time than 8-9 months.
21:37karen (@kfasimpaur): I didn't know Monika taught math!
21:38karen (@kfasimpaur): Lack of long-term thinking is the root of a lot of problems throughout society
21:38karen (@kfasimpaur): imo
21:38chadsansing: IMO2.
21:39chadsansing: Shawn Cornally of ThinkThankThunk often bridges content and inquiry with humor.
21:42chadsansing: I feel like the test of my belief in democratic education is how patiently I wait for students to discover what they need to meet their own learning goals. I still interrupt too often, but am even more frequently amazed by kids' learning.
21:42karen (@kfasimpaur): Curriculum as jenga - does this resonate?
21:42karen (@kfasimpaur): Yes, me too. Good point.
21:43karen (@kfasimpaur): Terry Elliot says the textbook was never the best tool.
21:43chadsansing: Looking at the Hangout video, I feel like we just went meta, like on Community.
21:43karen (@kfasimpaur): say more...
21:44unnamedJust checked out Shawn Cornally's stuff. Thanks Chad.
21:44chadsansing: My feed just shows an endless recursion of the hangout window with Paul nodding sagely in infinite stereo. I love it!
21:44chadsansing: Sure - I like Shawn's willingness to try things and fail and involve students.
21:44karen (@kfasimpaur): oh...hmmm... (We're watching Youtube video. You, not?)
21:45chadsansing: I was - on the TTT page - it just went funky for a minute.
21:45karen (@kfasimpaur): r u in chat, bonita?
21:48chadsansing: Does the new curriculum formula need the common core? Or is that part of its appeal - it can be an invisibile and non-intrusive layer of standards under new curriculum?
21:48chadsansing: I am in Virginia and skeptical of everything :)
21:48karen (@kfasimpaur): Doesn't "need" it...but provides an opportunity for change, I think.
21:49karen (@kfasimpaur): Chad, you + terry E are peas in a pod that way :)
21:50chadsansing: Heh. I do think any change in standards provides an opportunity - I'm really interested in the teacher bit you cite. How do we help folks adopt a DIY approach while divisions are delivering class materials? #nonrhetorical
21:50karen (@kfasimpaur): Yes!
21:50chadsansing: I'm a big fan of bring-your-own-materials and putting budgets into the hands of teachers and students.
21:51karen (@kfasimpaur): Some leadership would help...but I don't know that that's likely in many places
21:51chadsansing: We have a lot of support and agency in our division, but not throughout VA.
21:51karen (@kfasimpaur): badges...meh :) I cut the part where Joey basically said that. ha ha
21:54chadsansing: That's the trick - how do we teach one another jugaad instead of scaling specific products or saying,"We can't do exactly that here."
21:54chadsansing: ?
21:55chadsansing: Teachers do not always self-permit. I suspect the profession self-selects for school-successful/compliant people.
21:55chadsansing: Permissioning is key; as Rafi Santo might say, teachers and students must take power for making their own curricula.
21:56karen (@kfasimpaur): In no other profession would people put up with the shit teachers put up with
21:57chadsansing: Parallel tracks: hire admin who hire tinkerers; in the absence of those admin, tinker anyway. What is it about the "mandated" job that holds more value than resistance to harmful practice?
21:57karen (@kfasimpaur): In response to Paul Oh, we don't encourage tinkering by paying tchrs based on insane assessments.
21:59chadsansing: "You will be evaluated on the blogging engine you and your students produce and use" - that would be kind of cool. #paulallison4edsec
21:59karen (@kfasimpaur): Bonita is such a wonderful creative educator and leader that it pains me to hear her say that.
22:02chadsansing: Share, share, share. That virtual "district" idea between like-minded teachers and students across the country/globe.
22:05karen (@kfasimpaur): From Bonita in the other chat "Bonita is such a wonderful creative educator and leader that it pains me to hear her say that."
22:05karen (@kfasimpaur): ooops...ignore that.
22:05chadsansing: Thank you, Karen, Paul, and Hangout crew - very compelling and motivating conversation. I appreciate it! Good night!
22:06karen (@kfasimpaur): "One way to inspire innovation, I have thought about, is by doing school after school, or weekends, or summer. Let the experimentation take place in an environment where we have the freedom to explore. Agreed! WE need to group and push and think and make it happen. Yes! Student work is key! Finding ways to display and show that work will help us to move others to reconsider the directions."
22:06chadsansing: A tinkerer mixed with the Hulk.
22:06karen (@kfasimpaur): This is why I love, love, love NWP.
22:08karen (@kfasimpaur): Thanks for being here, Chad.
22:09chadsansing: Always a privilege -
22:09karen (@kfasimpaur): Teaching for Joy & Justice vid -
22:10chadsansing: Yes. Joy. Access to joy in schools is a matter of social justice.
22:10karen (@kfasimpaur): Need more joy in teaching and learning
22:11unnamedNice to "see" you here, Chad
22:11Paul Oh: Especially love your "A tinkerer mixed with the Hulk" comment
22:11Paul Oh: That brings ME joy.
22:11chadsansing: Thank you!
22:12chadsansing: Paul Oh, I only really draw to make oblique references to my drawings months later. That's how I roll. Until I took an arrow to the knee.
22:12Paul Oh: And we love you for it, Chad.
22:12chadsansing: With candy.
22:12chadsansing: Surely
22:12chadsansing: !
22:13Paul Oh: Have a good night, Chad. Talk to you soon, I hope.