Visions of Education – March 23

February 10, 2011

Save the Date: Join us for a “Visions of Education” event on March 23rd

How do people learn?
What is worth learning?

And how can we work together to create powerful learning opportunities for young people across San Diego?

Faces of Learning San Diego – an organization sponsored by a diverse group of schools, districts, universities and community organizations – invites you to discuss these questions, and to share stories of significant learning from your own life, at its inaugural event on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at High Tech High International (2855 Farragut Road, 92106). All members of the community who are interested in teaching and learning are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The goals of the event are threefold:

  • Bring us together: Although we have different perspectives about how to improve education, we also have much in common. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, civic leaders, business leaders, artists, and activists will join together to share stories of the most significant learning experiences in their lives.
  • Change the narrative: We all know there’s more to teaching and learning than multiple choice test scores. By sharing our stories of significant learning, we will begin to craft a new narrative of what teaching and learning can look like.
  • Small steps towards big change: This event will be the first of many where people commit to small, concrete actions they will take to create more powerful learning opportunities for young people in San Diego.

Honored Guests for this event will include:

  • Irwin Jacobs, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Qualcomm
  • Randolph Ward, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
  • Ralf Swenson, Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent

Faces of Learning San Diego is part of a larger national campaign. This multiyear grassroots engagement initiative will kick off in conjunction with the February 2011 release of a new book, Faces of Learning, in which 50 Americans – from students to social workers to the Secretary of Education – share personal stories about their most powerful learning experiences and/or most effective teachers. The purpose of the campaign is to give all Americans a chance to reflect on the above essential questions, which are, alarmingly, absent from the current national conversation about school improvement.

Currently, 25 American cities are planning to host public conversations that will provide an opportunity for people to hear stories, share their own insights, and participate in experiential learning opportunities that can serve as a catalyst for local work and change efforts. If you are interested or engaged in efforts to do the following, participating in this event will benefit you:

  • Increase student engagement by providing access and challenge to all learners
  • Promote active learning where students design and produce work relevant to them and their communities
  • Develop structures and practices that support deep learning for young people and adults in schools

This event will obviously not solve all of our educational challenges, but it will enhance the conversations we are already having – or want to be having – in our schools and communities. Together we will determine what matters, and what direction we want educational innovation/reform to take in San Diego and in our country.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, visit  

This event is sponsored by Ion Theatre Company, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, High Tech High Graduate School of Education, San Diego Unified School District’s Office of College, Career and Technical Education, The Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) and The Department of Learning and Teaching in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego, the UCSD Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center and more…


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