Authentic learning opportunities and authentic assessments have been on the educational landscape for years. Yet there remains a need for shared understanding of what that means.
The children have something to say. There is value to listening to them. Otherwise how can we hope to meet their needs and include them as learners?
Advice from 1990 offers guidance about how local school districts can lead the implementation of the Common Core with the welfare of the students held as the beacon for the change.
Teachers yearn for their students to sit up and engage in learning. Questions that require more than a yes or no answer empowers and engages.
The Common Core may have been the provocation this time, but curriculum review, routine for some, should be for all; if not before, at least now.
Now might be exactly the right time to open and keep open the discussion about considering domestic abuse, physical punishment of children and where we are as a nation and as a community.
How much focus does a district place on the development of and value for integrity, perseverance, courage, reflection, kindness and empathy?
It is in the interest of some potential students and their families that we begin to advocate in earnest for an enriched pre-school experience.
The environment we need in order to encourage teachers and students to engage a 21st century learning environment will require new thinking and true leaders.
The standards are new. The evaluation systems are new. Everyone has to learn something. Now even those who put them in place in the first place are rethinking the accountability timeline.