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Wiley Announces Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 12:00 am EDT

There is a growing movement to reexamine learning and develop a new kind of school that will meet the demands of the global economy while utilizing new technologies. Educators use the phrase “school 2.0” to refer to such possibilities for education in the future. Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need shows readers why and how change can occur with 95 precepts for reform.

Building School 2.0 draws from the experience of two people truly qualified to talk about how technology can revolutionize schools: Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase, who are well known for their work in creating Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a technology-rich, collaborative, learner-centric school in Philadelphia. Building School 2.0 goes beyond the use of technology in the classroom to open up the larger discussion of how education, learning and our physical school spaces can change because of the evolving nature of our social and economic lives brought on by these technologies.

Lehmann and Chase offer readers a model that incorporates research, creativity, communication and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society. Each section of Building School 2.0 presents a thesis designed to help educators and administrators examine specific practices in their schools, and to then take their conclusions from theory to practice. Collectively, the theses represent a new vision of education, built off of the best of what has come before us, but with an eye toward a future we cannot fully imagine.

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Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The school has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School in 2009 and 2010 and has been written about in many publications including Edutopia Magazine, EdWeek and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among other accolades, Chris was named one of the "30 Most Influential People in EdTech" by Technology & Learning Magazine.

Zac Chase is a former teacher, a consultant, and a writer who blogs at and has contributed to several books including the bestselling Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Freedom Writers Diary Teacher's Guide.

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