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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

The Edutopia Community Principles

The Edutopia Community Principles

Our community is dedicated to connecting people who want to improve the learning process.

1) Why We're Here

We are teachers, administrators, policy makers, parents, technology staff, librarians, college students, and other educators who are committed to positive change in education. While we face many challenges in today's education system, we see even more opportunities. We look forward to helping each other innovate -- from large scale reform to day-to-day tips -- with clarity and integrity.

 

2) Permission to Innovate

Edutopia welcomes innovators in education. We invite ideas that seem wacky or risky or undoable, as well as those that are practical, proven, and within reach.

 

3) Productive and Constructive

Our approach to all problems is to be productive and constructive -- both in praise and in criticism. And, while we realize that innovating often feels like a Sisyphean task in the face of tighter budgets and industrial-age assessment requirements, we are committed to ensuring that the discourse maintains a standard of respect between all community members.

 

4) Interdependence

If the 21st century has taught us anything so far, it's that networks of like-minded people can move mountains. We are encouraged and inspired by these myriad opportunities for collaboration, and the ability to do so without geographical limits. The Edutopia community recognizes this interdependence as a requirement for any sort of success.

 

5) Transparency, Privacy, and Identity

With the advent of social media and ubiquitous Internet access, the social contract around privacy and identity is changing rapidly. What was once considered private info is often given freely in exchange for better service, additional information, or entertainment.

 

Each person brings his or her unique set of needs around privacy and identity (see our privacy policy). The Edutopia community values transparency to the extent it can promote discourse and constructive action without compromising the privacy of our members.

Thank you for taking time to review these principles. We welcome your comments.

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