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January 17, 2018

The School Principal as Change Agent

Principals must become change agents in order for education to transition from assembly line efficiency to learner-centered agency.

January 12, 2018

School Visits: Go There to Know There

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, we spoke to leaders of schools in the NGLC network who have experience both as guests and hosts of school visits.

January 10, 2018

A Year in the Making: The Second Lesson My New Year's Resolution Taught Me about Next Gen Learning

Throughout my career, I have had the kind of jobs where "deliverables" are things like meetings and papers and presentations--in other words, intangible products. But this year, even as I experienced the challenging side of making, I also experienced a special reward when my projects were complete.

December 27, 2017

New Year Resolution = Habit

If you want to achieve certain goals in 2018 or build on certain relationships, the most effective thing you can do on New Year's Day is to resolve to focus on the habits necessary to achieve such goals.

December 26, 2017

Professional Development Reimagined: What It Means for Teaching and Teachers

What happens when teachers are given the same learning experiences as students? It's transformative.

December 21, 2017

A Student's Most Important Lesson: Learning How To Learn

To prepare students for a lifetime of learning, empower them with choice in how they consume and learn content.

December 01, 2017

Unstoppable PD

3 key formative ideas for teacher professional development to prepare students for tomorrow in the context of a deeply historical societal problem: generational poverty.

November 09, 2017

Adults Need Space, Time, and Encouragement to be Lifelong Learners Too

Educators often fail to model the lifelong, passionate learning we so desperately try to impart to our students. We simply don't have the time or space to make it happen. At Distinctive Schools, we are committed to deep, relevant, personalized learning for all learners ...including the adults! We strongly believe that to truly instill the value of lifelong learning in our students, we must model this at every level of our organization.

November 08, 2017

Innovation Equity

People all over the country, and world, are working on the same education issues. To address them efficiently and effectively, we need to share out, listen, learn, and collaborate. We need to work together to push one another's thinking. At the Boston Public Schools Office of Innovation we are consciously making an effort to break down these silos.

October 20, 2017

Mighty in Presence: The Teacher Innovator at Work

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, we caught up with Christina, her principal, Kevin Gardner, and Scott Fuller, next generation learning coordinator for Colorado Springs School District 11, to talk about her work as a champion for innovation at Doherty, and the integral part she and other forward-thinking educators play in D11's implementation of next gen learning.

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