My name is Art Lightstone. I have taught for more than twenty five years. While my work is driven by my passion for civic engagement, activism, and social justice, it is often facilitated by technology. I am quick to embrace new approaches and tools in the classroom, but I am loathed to get bogged down in gimmicks or fads. I established my blended learning approach back in 1996. In 1997, I launched www.newlearner.com, and, in 1998, I published, The Private School with a Public Purpose - exploring the tension between social reproduction and social responsibility in private schools.
I have learned, and I continue to learn, many valuable lessons about empowering young people with the knowledge, the skills, and the vision to make a difference in the world. I hope that you will take the time to examine some of these lessons with me - so that, in the end, you may arrive at your own conclusions about the opportunities, and the challenges, facing the new learner.