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Off to India on Friday

I don't know much except that I will be helping two orphanage schools -- one is a poor village school and the other is relatively well to do. They are both in Himachal Pradesh as far as I know. I learned that Shimla, the capital was established as the summer capital of British India in 1864. Shimla is one of many "hill stations." Hill stations are high-altitude town used as a place of refuge from summer heat in Asian countries, especially by wimpy and wealthy European colonialists.

Himachal Pradesh is the state second from the top of India.

Building Windmills on a Factory Floor

I'm not allowed to show you anything but stock photos. I'm working at Vestas and we have top secret ways to make the best windmills in the world. We're second in the US and gunning for first. Watch out GE!

Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S

July through July was in China!

I'm helped set up a Eaglebridge International school in Dandong, Liaoning, China. We'll be starting with two 1st grades, a 7th grade, and a 10th grade. I was originally a consultant, then Head Principal, then the International Director of Curriculum. It was quite a year and I learned a lot about the Chinese way of education and management, but perhaps more about myself and our own way of doing things.

New school in China -- I'm interviewing for Principal position next week.Time and the Triangle Learning Academy (TLA)

I’m working on helping Dr. Dan Burke create our vision of a new “high school” (renamed the Triangle Learning Academy - TLA).

Picture all of the 9th grade in a school in Colorado on a giant treadmill trying to get to 10th grade. There's a teenager on the side in crutches who has been out for a couple weeks, another teen 2 years behind in Math and English, and yet another teen from Texas scratching his head trying to figure out where to get on. What we're trying to do is give each kid their own treadmill were the speed is adjustable.

The basic idea of TLA is that time is extremely variable because it is unusual for a teenager (any Learner) to be only in 9th grade for every subject and everyone to start and learn at the same speed as every other Learner (renamed from students). We're concentrating on maximizing instructional time at the Learner’s level, minimizing non-instructional time, and combining lessons through interdisciplinary focus, but will also extend the school day and year for Learners that need it. The high school (renamed Learning Academy) we're designing will assess Learners for 30 days on all areas -- academic, social, emotional, and physical and then set benchmarks for where they currently are compared where they should be for graduation. Then Learning Managers (renamed from teachers) would use as much of what we currently know in brain-based learning; computer facilitated learning and management; researched-based proven methods and interventions to empower each Learner to reach his or her goals.

For a great, in-depth discussion of extended and effective time, go to http://www.timeandlearning.org/caseformoretime.

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