Dear friend of Learning Stewards and the Children of the Code Project,
I hope all is well with you and yours and that 2013 is off to a great start.
In this Update:
1 – Major Children of the Code Release: THE BRAIN’S CHALLENGE
2 – Important Request
3 – Next Steps
1 – THE BRAIN’S CHALLENGE
We’ve released a new chapter, “THE BRAIN’S CHALLENGE” (14 Videos). The chapter is the centerpiece of the Children of the Code Project and illustrates the main challenge underlying learning to read difficulties in the English language.
2 – Important Request
We need your help. Our most important work is still ahead and we need your help to sustain our efforts. If you appreciate our work, then please donate whatever you can. Learning Stewards is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that depends on your donations. Your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please click here to donate. Or send your tax deductible donation check to:
P.O. Box 2536
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3 – Next Steps
Later this month we will add the final chapter “Changing Trajectories”. As we do, we will begin a new phase of the project. So far, we have focused on providing resources for people already interested in learning about the ‘code’ and the ‘challenge of learning to read it’. With your help we want to use our resources to support advocates of children and activists engaged in education reform. It’s time to focus our efforts on changing the ways our children learn to read.
In addition to adding the final chapter and beginning our next phase of activism, 2013, with your support, we will be conducting new interviews and keeping you up-to-date with research coming in on the frontiers of the reading and learning sciences. We will also be focused on creating tablet and smartphone “Educator Apps” that allow teachers and school counselors to easily and quickly find and play COTC clips and “jewels” during parent conferences. We will also create “Parents Apps” that enable parents to find and play the resources on their phones and tablets that will help them better advocate for their children.
Reminder: We’ve added “Tweet”, “Like” and “Email” buttons on all of the key pages of the Children of the Code and Learning Stewards sites. You can now tweet individual pages to your followers, or add comments about any of our interviews or videos and post the comments to your Facebook page, Linked-In, and Twitter Feeds. Next time you are on the COTC or Learning Stewards site, be sure to use these new tools and help spread the word about our work while you help others learn about the wonders and tragedies of reading and learning. If you are a member of the LinkedIn community, invite me to connect with you. I now have over 1000 connections – mostly with leaders in learning – let’s connect!
Thank you again for interest in and support of our work and for all you do to help ‘steward the HEALTH of our children’s learning’.
We can no longer assume that what we think children should learn is more important than how well they can learn.”
‘mind-shame’ is our nation’s most wide-spread learning disability’
Stay tuned to your learning.
The most cost-optimal, high ROI, way to improve education (and our nation’s future) is to focus our efforts towards upgrading the mental models through which parents and educators understand and experience learning and through which parents and educators understand their purpose as parents and educators. After all, how parents and educators think about ‘learning’ and their ‘mission and purpose’ affects, everything about how they understand and experience children (as well as what they are trying to ‘put into’ and ‘bring forth’ from them).
In addition to providing free online learning resources, we create high impact learning events that conduct parents and educators into realizing the distinctions critical to understanding learning in general and reading in particular. Our events use video clips from our 100+ interviews with world leading scientists and scholars, as well as rich multimedia slides and key point participant dialogues to create the conditions that lead to understanding and, more importantly, deeply realizing, these distinctions.
Keynotes, Seminars, Workshops, Thought-Leader Dialogues, Leadership Coaching & Consulting.
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