Teaching 2030, a new book about the future of teaching and learning, is creating a lot of “buzz” in education circles and has garnered endorsements from individuals as diverse as conservative policy analyst Rick Hess, former education secretary Richard Riley, and teaching scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Two of the book’s 12 teacher co-authors are educators with Alabama backgrounds. In an interview posted here Friday, Emily Vickery answered questions about the changes in K12 education she and her writing colleagues foresee over the next several decades. Today we’ve invited Talladega County teacher leader Jennifer Barnett to write her own post about one of the book’s “big ideas” – what she describes as the Age of the Teacherpreneur.
by Jennifer Barnett
My name is Jennifer Barnett and I am a teacherpreneur.
My teaching career began 20 years ago and almost immediately I found myself leading. I suppose one might have called me a teacher leader.
Jennifer Barnett and Emily Vickery – two educators with strong Alabama roots – are among the 12 co-authors of a bold new book about the future of teaching and learning. Teaching 2030, published by Teachers College Press, is creating a lot of “buzz” in education circles and has been endorsed by individuals as diverse as conservative policy analyst Rick Hess, former education secretary Richard Riley, and teaching scholar Linda Darling-Hammond.
We’ve invited Jennifer and Emily to tell us more about the book and the changes in K12 education they and their colleagues foresee over the next several decades. We begin with some conversation with Emily. In a follow-up post tomorrow, Jennifer will tie her own experiences as a teacher leader in Talladega County to Teaching 2030’s vision of “teacherpreneurship.”
Emily Vickery is a veteran educator who taught at Carver Senior High School and Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, served on the Alabama Governor’s Council on Education Technology, and represented the state on a task force for the U.S. Department of Education. She has also worked as a consultant for the Education Commission of the States, Apple, Inc and other private clients. She currently serves as the 21st-century learning specialist at an innovative parochial school in Florida. Last January, she represented the U. S. State Department in Estonia, working with educators in the areas of multicultural education and teacher cultural competence.
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