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Ask the educators!

Ask the educators what they recommend be done to make these transformations & improvements.

Photo of Joan Blanusa
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I am a.....

  • Tutor

Tell us about your idea

Use a crowdsourcing program like the one created by Crowdicity (now part of Medalia) to ask the educators - all those in the field & trenches - what they think/recommend can be done to transform & improve education so it works for ALL students.  Educators are tired of hearing from "experts" (even those in their field, who have never taught before, but joined a policy organization, non-profit, etc), government leaders who have no experience teaching, policy wonks, etc.  As so many parents are admitting now TEACHING IS A HARD JOB & TEACHERS SHOULD GET PAID MUCH MORE!  That's a recognition for all the things we do, everyday.  So much of great teaching is relational and emotional, along w/ academic know-how and creativity.  Ask us how we blend that together to create awesome curricula, while managing a classroom of 25+ kids effectively, navigate all the "demands" from admins, parents & schools.  We'll share the insider tips, tidbits, and suggestions that come from being on the front lines, and what we think would make our jobs easier and more effective for everyone involved!

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Most of it. Rote learning especially. The lack of lessons that call for critical thinking from ALL students!

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

Been a teacher, teacher of teachers, consultant to schools, tutor, learning specialist....for the past 35 years.  Love and treasure the innate curiosity of individuals, and whatever I'm doing as an educator I tap into that, and provide the scaffolding to help that innate desire and ability grow and flourish.  I use a wide array of materials, technology, stories, imagery, etc to pull out &/or convey complex ideas, so students can understand the material, and then do something effective with it.  

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

Boston area.


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Photo of Darry Strickland

Hi Joan Blanusa ,
Thanks for your contribution to the Challenge - and thanks for the tidbit about Crowdcity. I agree with you that teachers' voices are key to shaping innovations in teaching and learning, and that they should be amplified during this current dilemma. I am wondering how would you disseminate the data/innovations once they are shared?
Thanks again for your contribution.

Photo of Joan Blanusa

Dear Darry, This is where I'd defer to the Crowdicity model (which is why I suggested). They're built upon gathering this information & then effectively evaluating & disseminating. They've worked w/ the UK's university systems to get research/ideas out of the ivory tower into real life in a way people want to do "this!" They've also worked w/ the NHS to get ideas from the people on the ground, moved to the upper branches of policy discussion & decision-making. I recommend you check them out, especially their founder Rob Wilmot. He's genuinely invested in hearing from & implementing ideas from people "in the field." So, in answer to your question, I'd reach out to Crowdicity. They are genuinely interested & foster this process. It's the very nature of their business.