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Words with Friends: Creating the Student-Centered Roots Classroom

This semester I had the absolute honor and delight of participating in a course described as “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,” a graduate seminar team-led by Professors Cathy N. Davidson and William Kelly in collaboration with the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). One of the main goals of the class was […]

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March 10: Open Session on Student-Centered Pedagogy (Livestreamed!)

Join us March 10 for Student-Centered Pedagogy: a workshop for innovative classroom practices focusing on collaboration, crowdsourcing, and experiential learning. What does peer learning look like across disciplines? What are the risks and rewards of a student-centered classroom? Join the Futures Initiative seminar, “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” and members of the student-centered pedagogy […]

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Mix it Up! How Equity Can Enhance Innovation–and How #FuturesEd Works Toward Those Goals

We’re all abuzz here with conversation, analysis, dismay, and all the rest about a recent article in the Atlantic that paints a grim picture of the way even the City University of New York–arguably the most equitable public education in America, where over 80% of our graduates leave tuition-debt free–still does not escape the inequality […]

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Five Ways to Be Part of “Mapping the Futures of Higher Ed” #FuturesEd

“Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” is a series of courses at the Graduate Center and throughout the CUNY system.  It is also a collaborative, peer-driven movement to rethink the best ways of learning for higher education–and YOU are invited to participate.  Here’s how: Sign up for the Futures Initiative Group on and you […]

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What Is Learning? 12 Principles of Peer-Led, Connected, Interactive Education

By Cathy Davidson Cross-posted to the Futures Initiative HASTAC Group. Here are a baker’s dozen of the main principles of connected learning. As you will see, they form an “ecosystem,” where each component influences and changes the others. These apply in any field (although differently in each field). These principles draw from constructivist, engaged “public […]

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The Big “Why”? 4 Top Reasons Higher Ed is More Important Than Ever AND Needs to Change!

By Cathy Davidson Cross-posted to the Futures Initiative HASTAC Group. As we begin to assemble the documents, materials, models, and course materials for “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,”  the first course offered by the Futures Initiative, I will keep posting some of our central documents.  We will be hosting several livestreamed open sessions devoted […]

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An Open Letter to Grad Students/Teachers/Co-Learners: #FuturesEd

Dear Graduate Students, Teachers, Co-Learners, Welcome!  I can’t wait to meet you. If you are taking “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,” you are someone I am very excited to meet–someone willing to take risks that come with enormous rewards, someone with expansive curiosity,  someone excited to work with people from other fields because you […]

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The Learning Communities Project: The small origins of large-scale school reform in Mexico

Futures Initiative network members may be interested in this upcoming Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) talk next week. A Talk by Dr. Gabriel Cámara Cervera November 12, 2014, 1pm – 2pm Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room B-04 Dr. Gabriel Cámara Cervera is an internationally recognized Mexican educator and expert on alternative models for basic education. […]

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