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March 04, 2019

Three Powerful Examples of School Districts Using Capstones and Portfolios

Colorado's guidelines for graduation offer a menu of options including performance-based demonstrations of college and career readiness such as portfolios and capstone projects.

February 27, 2019

Leveraging Data to Understand Students: Obstacles and Ideas for Data Practices

Stronger data practices can help leaders better utilize data as a way to deeply understand the students they serve.

February 12, 2019

Five Non-Negotiables in Assessment for Learning

A successful performance-assessment system requires these five non-negotiable qualities.

January 31, 2019

Feedback Loops Lead the Way to Mastery

Elementary students and their teacher reflect on getting feedback from experts, in support of growing as a learner.

November 09, 2018

Building Writing Skills, Fostering Agency: The National Writing Project's Student Using Sources Tool

Teachers helped the National Writing Project develop and test a peer-review tool designed to help students improve their evidence-based arguments in writing.

October 11, 2018

Co-Designing Learning WITH Students: A Snapshot at Souhegan High School

Students, a teacher, and administrators at Souhegan High School in New Hampshire share their perspectives on redesigning a research paper into a student-driven learning project.

October 10, 2018

State Assessment Results: Go Low or Go High?

State assessment data can be used to limit student opportunities or expand them. Promoting continuous improvement can make the difference.

September 12, 2018

Is School a Competition?

For students, there exists a 'relevance gap' between the learning in school and the learning in life--caused in a large part by creating conditions that feel very much like a competition between and among students. Yet having a stark 'winners and losers' mindset won't lead them toward future success.

September 05, 2018

Assessment for Deeper Learning: Reclaiming the Power of Assessment

We as educators need to reclaim assessment. Specifically, we need to do a better job of answering the following three essential questions so that everyone understands the vital role that assessment plays in learning and teaching.

August 09, 2018

Moving from Passive to Active Learning: Four Ways to Overcome Student Resistance

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.

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