Can new charter schools provide 'culturally responsive' pedagogy? The State of Washington is betting on it, incorporating the term into almost every aspect of its rigorous charter school application, in an effort to create a charter sector that is truly community-driven and focused on serving underserved students.

In my work, I wholeheartedly believe in the power and efficacy of a portfolio defense model, and am genuinely excited to share it with audiences of educators, funders, and thought leaders. But until I had one of my own children attend an Envision school and witnessed his 12th grade defense presentation, my rallying cry for portfolio defense was professional, not personal.

As a middle school teacher, when I found out that my administration was going to pilot personalized learning for incoming middle schoolers, I knew it would be a good fit for our family.

Many educators recognize how vital Wayfinding Abilities--the knowledge and capacity to navigate college, career, and life opportunities--are to student success and are actively supporting students to develop them.

When we ask our students to adapt to a more complex, self-directed, self-regulated approach, we're often going against their very beliefs about how people learn. Here are four solutions to the most significant barriers to active learning.

Brief experiences or encounters can literally change lives. Our best moments in life make us feel alive and can carry us for years. But those moments happen spontaneously and cannot be orchestrated or planned...or can they?

As many U.S. school districts continue to struggle to reach the goal of implementing personal learning, it's helpful for educators and school leaders to have some exemplars that have already paved the way.

By restructuring our classrooms to transfer ownership from the teacher to the learner, we discovered that the most effective method to differentiate was clear: self-pacing.

We need to shift the conversation about the value of test scores toward the development and communication of replacement behaviors, which empower learners to regularly demonstrate their level of proficiency.

This Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning is devoted to the concept of social capital and its implications for educators.


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