DSISD Commons #2

A weekly-ish collection of topics discussed in the DSISD digital commons.

On ADHD Nation, the neurodivergent classroom experience, and thriving in curiosity-driven, self-directed environments

This was a nice little intersectional Twitter moment.

Kids who are “ADHD” in school may thrive in curiosity-driven, self-directed environments. And the more you back off the, better.


Add ADHD Nation to your neurodiversity library.

Inclusion is the new normal

Diversity is a fact of the modern world. Inclusion is the new normal.


Fear is not compatible


The Open Schoolhouse

Charlie Reisinger’s new book, The Open Schoolhouse, is out.

Free and open source software is everywhere. It powers the Internet, your phone, and billions of everyday gadgets. And the open source design philosophy promotes collaboration, sharing, and transparency to drive innovation.

That sounds marvelous for software developers, but do open source principles work in the classroom? Can schools build successful technology programs on open source software? When students are engaged co-creators and trusted apprentices, does a new school community emerge?

I answer these questions in my new book, The Open Schoolhouse. My team built robust and low-cost educational technology services on free and open platforms. We saved taxpayers more than a million dollars. However, the budget is only part of the story. As our schools embraced open source values, students became empowered to build an amazing learning community.

Source: The Open Schoolhouse – Building a technology program to transform learning and empower students

“Which side of the command line should our kids be on?”

Equity and Access: Making as Social Justice

Build a culture that enables cafeteria treehouses.


Growth Mindset and Structural Ideology


Lockdowns and SRP

What SRP does DSISD use?

The “I Love U Guys” SRP

Contributor Covenants, Codes of Conduct

Update: An updated version of this is available on my main blog.

There are codes of conduct for contributing to the open source foundations of the internet. The Contributor Covenant is widely used and representative of an emerging consensus on codes of conduct for distributed collaboration. The covenant is compatible with structural ideologyrestorative practices, neurodiversity, the social model of disability, and real life.

Meritocracy also naively assumes a level playing field, in which everyone has access to the same resources, free time, and common life experiences to draw upon.

Source: Contributor Covenant: A Code of Conduct for Open Source Projects

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as contributors and maintainers pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Source: Contributor Covenant Code of Conduct version 1.4

We are committed to making participation in this project a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of level of experience, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or nationality.

Source: Calypso’s Code of Conduct

2015 also saw the widespread adoption of codes of conduct in online spaces, in particular the communities around open source projects. The Contributor Covenant was adopted by several prominent open source projects, including Atom, AngularJS, Eclipse, and even Rails. According to Github, total adoption of the Contributor Covenant is nearing an astounding ten thousand open source projects.

Codes of conduct express our desire to make communities more inclusive and diverse, but they are just the first step toward this goal. The initial signal is sent; now we must focus on increasing the participation of marginalized people through direct outreach and support.

Source: The New Normal: Codes of Conduct in 2015 and Beyond

See also: