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October 19, 2017

Teaching & Learning is an Open Book at Turner Middle School

At Turner Middle School, we are opening our classrooms for principals, teachers, and district level administrators across Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado, to come in and "see" what we put into practice each and every day. We are able to share our struggles and successes with personalizing instruction and building a competency-based education system K-12.

October 18, 2017

Curriculum, Defaults, and Equity

Schools across the country have an equity problem. The variation across schools isn't random. The students in the poorest neighborhoods are often getting the least challenging tasks. It's an issue happening in classrooms in nearly every town, state, and even in other countries. Can this equity gap be addressed?

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 11, 2017

Micro-credentials: Radical Personalization of Professional Development

We set out to pilot micro-credential program. Our driving question? What impact can micro-credentials have on professional learning in Rhode Island?

September 26, 2017

Recruiting Teachers for Personalized, Competency-Based Schools

The success of any school model depends on the people who implement it. One school organization looks at how teachers make decisions when hiring for its personalized, competency-based model.

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 08, 2017

Getting to Know You: Learner Profiles for Personalization

As more and more educators work to replace factory-model schools with personalized, student-centered learning experiences, knowing our students has taken on new meaning.

August 14, 2017

Personalizing Adult Learning

One Boston high school developed a system of personalized adult learning when the school used four key culture shift levers.

August 09, 2017

Un-Professional Development

If "PD" conjures memories of being lectured at about stuff teachers don't care about, "Unprofessional Development" can redefine how teachers spend their time learning together.

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