Teachers take individual action to provide students with authentic engagement; educational reform happens through classroom practice; a critical mass of teachers and students doing real work brings widespread change in American education, fusing school content with real world applications and audiences to better students’ communities.
Classroots.org promotes authentic engagement and connects people striving to make it happen. Classroots.org publishes case studies about the successes and failures of teachers’ attempts to bring authentic engagement into their classrooms. Classroots.org presents failure and learning from it as equal partners with success in innovative teaching.
Students learn best through authentic engagement. Teachers are the best agents for instructional change in their own classrooms. Teachers cause reform through classroom practice. Individual teachers should reform practice to act as a portal to learning, not as the single feed of information in classroom. Instruction should be designed to provide authentic engagement.