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August 08, 2018


Brief experiences or encounters can literally change lives. Our best moments in life make us feel alive and can carry us for years. But those moments happen spontaneously and cannot be orchestrated or planned...or can they?

July 18, 2018

The Nature Gap and High School Redesign

The 'nature gap' that today's urban and low-income students experience is, in fact, an opportunity gap--something that generates greater inequities in social, cultural, and physical capital. Intrepid Academy at Hale (IAH), a semester-long 11th grade expeditionary learning program created jointly by Hale and the Boston Public Schools (BPS), aims to change this, and it's showing promise in a variety of ways.

June 26, 2018

5 Ways to Boost Collaboration and Create Teams That Thrive

To work effectively toward successful outcomes, all teams, regardless of industry, require a culture that enables them to thrive. These five practices help create a culture of teamwork and deep collaboration at your school.

June 21, 2018

Teachers: Here are the Top Five Ways to NOT Dismiss Students' Experience

Typical interactions between teachers and students can leave the latter group feeling diminished, disrespected, or 'less than.' Here's one educator and one student's take on how teachers can avoid these damaging experiences, and improve relationships in the process.

June 19, 2018

Behind the Curtain of Flex Time

With all the interest in innovative school models, many schools are creating "flex time" periods during the day for students to increase student agency. We at Silicon Schools Fund and Relay Graduate School of Education set out to understand what makes flex time periods work best and started with a deep dive on the topic.

June 11, 2018

Educating the Whole Child: Human Development & Sexuality

Montessori For All focuses on growing the whole child; part of this effort entails helping children understand human development--including puberty, sexual intercourse, responsible choices, and the difference between sex and gender, among other topics.

June 04, 2018

Innovation in Real Time, Part III

Inspired to redesign learning experiences, leaders and educators share their perspectives on approaching innovation--and failing forward--following several revelatory training and brainstorming sessions.

May 31, 2018

Seeing is Believing Tour, Part II

Earlier this year, Mountain View High School hosted the eighth stop of Thompson School District's 'Seeing is Believing' tour, which affords district staff and district partners an opportunity to see how schools are adapting under the district's push to personalize learning.

May 25, 2018

Men of Character: The Vertus Preceptors

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, I spoke to Leigh, the CEO and co-founder, and James Daniels, the Lead Preceptor, at Vertus, an NGLC school in Rochester, NY,

May 16, 2018

Providing Agency for Our Most Challenging Students

Teachers can employ Collaborative Problem Solving to empower students with persistently challenging behaviors to change; in this two-part series, we'll learn more from educators at the elementary and middle school levels.

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