Orsch...Cutting the Edge in Education

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Jackie Burt's passion for teaching and progress in education comes from a unique background of experience, and her deep belief in the potential of children and those who teach them. She grew up experiencing a wide variety of school settings which led to her ability to see educational potential well outside of the box. Innovation is at the heart of her vision. She promotes a student-centered model that illuminates realistic possibilities in the realm of educational progress.

Burt has been pushing boundaries since the beginning of her career, continually seeking a better answer or a new way to approach a problem. Ultimately, she was inspired to embark on a journey in which she could test the creative approaches she envisioned, where unutilized potential in children would be unleashed. Her desire to ignite the love of learning in every student and her desire to implement effective student-centered systems led to the opening of Orsch, a lab school that is truly cutting the edge.

Orsch...Cutting the Edge in Education

Lessons Learned from an Innovative Lab School

Authored by Jackie Burt
Contributions by Ashley Burt
Cover design or artwork by Samuel Burt
Edited by Shelley Read

Orsch...Cutting the Edge in Education is Jackie Burt's hopeful message to students past, present, and future and to teachers everywhere. It is about the possibilities, not the challenges or problems. The blockades to meaningful, student-centered change have been well documented since the dawn of classical education and throughout the evolution of modern education.

Burt's book makes meaningful reform seem possible and obtainable. She seeks to overcome the many barriers to effective change. Barriers include the current educational model, the way in which we organize schools, deeply rooted traditions, and ingrained biases that govern how we measure children's progress. This is where Orsch is invaluable. Orsch is at its soul an educational lab. Orsch is a breeding ground for ideas, for ideals, and for dreaming big-for seeking answers to the burning question of "What if?"

Burt's experience in Orsch is well explained in her book Orsch...Cutting the Edge in Education. Her book contains practiced, low-cost, high-yield ideas and education structures that have made a difference in children's learning. She explains that in the fifth year of the lab school, the real, unfettered potential of students is being witnessed and it is rife with exciting possibilities that could change the world of education.

Burt is arguably the perfect individual to write Orsch...Cutting the Edge in Education, in part because she is invested in the lab school she created, and in part because of who she is-an out-of-the-box thinker who grew up experiencing a multitude of educational paradigms, and then spent her career creating innovative educational settings. Burt has a love of teaching that is evident in her book. She shares a vigorous enthusiasm that is at once inspiring and infectious. Burt's ideas are gentle changes and simple customizations that would make such a difference to a child, to a teacher, to a community.

So many education reform texts become self-absorbed and caught up in politics. Not so with Orsch...Cutting the Edge in Education. Orsch is Burt's brainchild. She created the environment. Her own children were part of her hopeful experiment. Her results have been magical and the feedback from parents and kids has been positive, and appreciative.

Publication Date:
0988609002 / 9780988609006
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Experimental Methods

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