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March 07, 2018

Learning by Doing at Ferguson High School

Personalized learning upends the traditional model of a teacher standing in front of a room and imparting insights and guiding discussions. Learning by doing is one of themes at Ferguson, one of Colorado's longest-running alternative schools and one of 91 Alternative Education Campuses in the state.

January 22, 2018

Speak, John, Speak: Feeling the Power of Exhibitions at the Workshop School

Like many progressive schools, the students at the Workshop School, a non-selective high school in the School District of Philadelphia, present their work at the conclusion of each quarter.

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 17, 2017

Teacher as Director: Four Questions to Promote Small Group Collaboration

Poke your head into any school around the country and you are likely to see students working in small groups. Why do educators see small group collaboration as a model to facilitate learning?

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.

November 03, 2017

More Than Instruction: Schools with the power to transform communities

When we opened Thrive Public School in San Diego five years ago, we knew we had the opportunity, and the responsibility, to create an intentionally diverse school. San Diego is one of the most diverse cities in the country. It is the American city with the highest number of refugees and also the fifth wealthiest. By joining a small but powerful movement of intentionally diverse schools, we could affect not only the students in our school but our community as a whole.

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?

October 02, 2017

Picking the Perfect Problem: The Heart of Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning at its best provides a unique opportunity for students to develop a range of knowledge and skills inaccessible in more traditional models of learning. Projects must be designed to build students' understanding of content while also addressing real needs in the community that connect to student interests and abilities. Getting the three central criteria right - the curriculum, the students, and the context - leads to the perfect problem.

September 20, 2017

Building Collaborative Learning Environments in an Inquiry-Based Community School

Lyel Resner interviews the founders of Compass Charter School, a progressive community school in Brooklyn, about strategies and challenges of building a true community school, elevating empathy in the school model, and what leaves them hopeful when children engage in inquiry and connect across their differences.

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