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December 11, 2017

It Takes a Village: Community Partnerships for Real-World Learning

This edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning is the first of a two-part series about three school systems that are leveraging strong community partnerships to provide real-world learning to students in middle and high school.

November 10, 2017

Highlights from the High Country: the Colorado Convening

This edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning is dedicated to sharing gifts from the network that emerged during the recent NGLC-NGSI convening in Colorado. Sarah Luchs, a K-12 program officer at NGLC, explores seven key insights from convening participants about the work of transforming learning.

October 12, 2017

I Am a District Leader and I Need a Coach. So Do You.

Successful business leaders with notable names like Branson, Gates, and Jobs have all gone on record to say that surrounding yourself with people who will push you is critical to an organization's growth. So why, in education, is there still a stigma to coaching?

October 10, 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Reimagining Middle School

Dr. LeViis Haney is reimagining school at Lovett Elementary in Chicago. And it's working. Over the past two years, Lovett has seen reading scores grow from the 73rd to the 98th percentile nationally and in math from the 34th to the 98th. Find out how.

October 04, 2017

How Self-Directed Field Studies Can Build Future Leaders

Self-Directed Field Studies are an essential aspect of the Montessori Elementary program. Students "go out" in small groups as an extension of their self-identified research topics and to gain experiences in the world outside the classroom. If children are able to accomplish such big, self-directed goals when they are eight- and nine-years-old, imagine what they are going to be doing when they are 20 and 30?

September 29, 2017

From Content Design to Student Experience Design in K-12: Lessons from the Adult and Lifelong Learning Sector

Principles of adult learning design-learner agency, goal-orientation, relevance, connecting prior knowledge and experiences to new learning, promoting collaboration--are identical to the principles of student-centered learning design. These approaches may be valuable to us in K-12 education as we move away from textbook-based classroom design to student-centered learning design.

September 22, 2017

A Learner-Centered Culture Includes Educators, Too

Teachers in learner-centered, personalized settings serve as guides for students along pathways that address their individual needs, strengths, and goals for success in academics, career, and life. To prepare students to thrive in a changing world, educators promote collaborative projects, integrate authentic learning experiences that may occur outside the classroom, and, above all, foster learner independence and agency--student voice and choice.

September 21, 2017

We See and Believe in Thompson School District

The Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado is running the "Seeing Is Believing" tour - what one educator is calling the best professional learning (PL) she has been a part of as a leader, an educator, and someone who is always wanting to try something new if it's best for kids.

September 18, 2017

Six Big, Hairy, Inevitable Changes on School's Horizons

Changes in education over the next 20 years are going to be vastly more dramatic than almost anyone is preparing for now. But despite a decades-long record of systemic inertia, some schools have already launched dramatic changes in ways that do not require permission or empowerment from the forces that created that inertia in the first place. Here are some of the dramatic changes in education that will occur in the next two decades.

August 16, 2017

Educators Are Artists, Let's Act Like It!

The work of next generation learning in Colorado Springs School District 11 has some striking similarities to group painting excursions.

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