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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 07, 2018

The Promise of Graduation

Graduation represents a major milestone for high school students across the country. Here, educators reflect on its deeper significance for young people in 2018.

June 05, 2018

Building a Culture of Revision, Reassessment and Reflection in Pursuit of Mastery

Classrooms have become accustomed to valuing speed over mastery, and we've shifted our attention from authentic understanding of content to sheer volume of material consumed. It's time to revisit the true value of an education, and remind ourselves that education is about the learning process, not academic standards.

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 22, 2018

How Performance-Based Assessments Designed by Student Interns Promote Interest-Based Skill Development

Rich and transformative learning experiences happen at home, in the community, and in workplaces. Here's how educators in one school are leveraging ePortfolios and digital badges to promote relevant skill development for student's coursework and future professional lives.

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.

May 15, 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.

March 15, 2018

Making School More than Academics

Two principals led their middle school teams on a journey to intentionally foster social-emotional growth in their students. Here, they share their progress on the effort and lessons learned on making school into an experience beyond academics.

March 02, 2018

A Middle School Student's Take on Personalized Learning

I wanted to get a real idea of how personalization has changed the student experience, so I decided to go to the source. I interviewed Jonathan Reyes, one of our current 8th graders.

February 02, 2018

Taking a Risk with Authentic Learning at Boston International Newcomers Academy

Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA), a high school that embraces recent immigrant English language learners and their families, is trailblazing new learning environments in Boston Public Schools (BPS).

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