This is the companion page to my Ignite talk at DevOpsDays Silicon Valley 2015: "Everything I know about agile I learned in 8th grade."
After college, I spent two years in the Teach for America corps. TFA's practices and impact are controversial and I have some issues with their philosophy but I found the work of teaching transformational, and it has permanently changed my perspective on national priorities. I see education inequality, and its vicious interplay with racism, oppression, and economic inequality, as one of the biggest — if not the biggest — problems this country faces. I'm not sure what the solution is, but I think there's a place for the devops community to apply its innovation, empathy, and intense passion to solve this multi-trillion-dollar national SEV-1.
If this interests you, please check out the readings below:
Educational inequality in America
- Dropout Nation: By the Numbers
- The social cost of education inequality
- The vicious cycle of education and economic inequality
Effective teaching practices
- Classroom Instruction that works (Marzano et. al) Amazon, PDF link
- The Teaching as Leadership Framework
- What makes a great teacher?
- Comparing Finland and US teaching
- Blended: Using disruptive innovation to improve schools (Amazon)
- IDEO / d.school resources on design thinking in K-12
- Rocketship education, one of the most successful + disruptive charters in the SF Bay Area