While all children invariably face failures in school, girls are uniquely socialized to see failures as evidence of inaptitude. Girls are more likely to compensate by strictly adhering to classroom rules, which creates a vicious cycle that's reflected in the number of women in leadership positions in industry. As we celebrate International Women's Day, however, I'm encouraged by the emerging innovation I'm finding in K-12 schools today.

Personalized learning upends the traditional model of a teacher standing in front of a room and imparting insights and guiding discussions. Learning by doing is one of themes at Ferguson, one of Colorado's longest-running alternative schools and one of 91 Alternative Education Campuses in the state.

Life is at base a network. It thrives on connection. How can professional networks in education connect people more deeply, creating new insights, access and opportunity?

I wanted to get a real idea of how personalization has changed the student experience, so I decided to go to the source. I interviewed Jonathan Reyes, one of our current 8th graders.

Today, more than ever it is essential that even the most traditional schools begin discussing the need to align our practices to develop the most productive citizens.

Can a burgeoning movement from the field place pressure upon local, state, and federal policymakers to create accountability systems where teachers are at the forefront of creating assessments that promote the deeper learning we want for all our children?

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, we spoke to Khizer Husain, Chief of Staff at Two Rivers, to learn about this innovative approach to building a strong, diverse community.

There may be no single piece of the education puzzle that is already starting to undergo a more fundamental, radical, and unpredictable evolution than the relationship amongst schools, students, teachers, and our understanding of who and what forms our "community."

Sarah Williams Goldhagen in her book Welcome to Your World: How the built environment shapes our lives makes the compelling case that cognition is the product of a three-way collaboration between your mind, body, and environment.

Our transition from a teacher-centered approach to a learner-centered approach to education is really picking up speed at every school in our district.

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