We are proud to announce the launch of New Horizons for Learning, which has been adopted and adapted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. This was made possible in part through the generosity of the Aigner family and their corporation DataLabUSA. We want to thank the School of Education web Development team and to all those who made this transition possible. especially our contributors to the Spring 2010 Journal.
Since 1980, New Horizons for Learning (NHFL) has served as a leading-edge resource for educational change by identifying, communicating, and helping to implement successful educational strategies. Concerned that important research was not reaching most classrooms, founder Dee Dickinson decided to create a network to reach teachers with new information she would have loved to have when she was in the classroom. NHFL’s role has always been to give visibility to effective teaching and learning practices and ideas that have not yet reached the mainstream, and to work in coordination with other reputable networks and learning communities to synthesize the information, turn information into knowledge and knowledge into practice. NHFL’s Internet presence began in 1992; the Web site was launched in 1996.
At its height the site was receiving around 8 million hits a month from teachers, school administrators, professors and students of education, parents, policy-makers, media professionals. Currently NHFL receives 800,000 hits per month despite its dormant state since September 2006. The website has also been quoted in numerous books and journals, and has received prestigious awards, including one from the International Society for Technology in Education as one of the best education sites on the Internet.
After 26 years of voluntary service as a non-profit network, NHFL was in search of a new host due to the retirement of its founder, Dee Dickinson. Due to her association with faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Dickinson has recently entrusted the site to long-time NHFL board member and professor at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Linda Tsantis, and her colleague Dr. John Castellani and doctoral student Jennifer Carinci the team is now re-launching the site under new leadership at Johns Hopkins University.
The new site retains the core values of the original site and features an expanded vision that includes establishing an exciting, synergetic community of interdisciplinary professionals from across Johns Hopkins, the United States, and internationally, working together to better understand students and the learning process, professionally developing and empowering teachers, researchers and other education professionals, and utilizing differentiated media formats to combine research, policy, and practice to enable users to apply research in practical ways and on multiple levels.
Transfer to New Leadership at Johns Hopkins School of Education
In spring of 2009, the Johns Hopkins School of Education agreed to transfer and launch the site in the spring of 2010. Under the leadership of Drs. Castellani, Tsantis, and Jennifer Carinci, our goal is to expand the website and remain on the leading edge of educational research with the new Johns Hopkins program combining teacher education, educational technology, the neurosciences, and other schools across the university. Our first step towards accomplishing our mission is the reactivation of the Journal, now available bringing new ideas, syntheses of research, and innovative ways of helping teachers, students, and educators to learn more effectively.
The transfer to Johns Hopkins has come at an ideal time as three events aligned. The new President of Johns Hopkins, Ron Daniels, has clearly emphasized his desire to convene the “conversation that allows us to collectively shape our academic mission” crossing school boundaries within the university. Secondly, the School of Education is currently in the search process for a new dean to help guide the expansion of the school’s mission to place a stronger emphasis on research in education to match the research reputation of the sciences at Johns Hopkins. And third, the School’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies arose last year and is offering courses, conferences, and research studies, beginning a dialogue between neurologists and education practitioners. The new vision involves working closely with colleagues from across Johns Hopkins University, including, but not limited to the following: the School of Medicine, to coordinate the latest in neuro-education research; the Peabody Institute of Music, to study the role of music in cognitive development and coordinate on-line partnerships with musicians; the Bloomberg School of Public Health, to coordinate public health education for teachers at K-12; and the School of Engineering, to develop and share virtual simulation tools.