During January Term (“J-Term”), Kevin Moore, an educator in mathematics at MTC member school Malvern Preparatory School, facilitated “The Start-Up of You,” an innovative course he created to teach students about “treating themselves as a start-up, building a network, and investing in their futures.” Following he describes the experience, including the process of having students create their own “professional profile.”
Tohmmy Chang, superintendent of BPS, joined the discussion to share words of welcome and inspiration with the group: “As superintendent, I see that what you guys are doing can fundamentally change what education looks like. These are big questions: What is schooling? How do we measure students? What do we value?”
How do you introduce learners to a topic they ultimately must define for themselves? How do you design and facilitate a course where the learning target is so personal and so flexible? GOA lets four core principles guide its work.
It’s worth pausing to consider why some find the following statement controversial: assessment should advance learning. Not measure, record, punctuate, summarize, or complete. Advance.