In some districts, big schools mean some young people, especially those that haven't been well served or supported, to feel disconnected and fall through the cracks. Superintendent Kirt Hartzler explains that Union High School bucks the trend with a commitment to 100% graduation and college and career readiness for all students.
DOWNLOAD THE THRIVE CASE STUDY Many educators are finding that high quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) successfully transcends backgrounds, languages and students' past experiences. For a school that draws a diverse student body from across 45 very different zip codes, the approach could be characterized as the glue that holds its culture and curricula together. PBL provides an opportunity for the students of Thrive Public Schools to work on authentic, real-world challenges--the kind that equip them with a practical skill set to tackle the kinds of obstacles higher education, and later, their professional lives, may very well present. (The schools, ...
At SXSW EDU last week we hosted a meetup to discuss the implications of artificial intelligence on education. Thought leaders and forward thinkers discussed what's happening, what it means and how we can prepare.
A few minutes south of the vineyards in Napa is the community of American Canyon where Napa Junction Elementary serves a diverse group of K-5 learners--about two-thirds are Latino, new to English and living in or near poverty.
Al4ALL is a new Oakland nonprofit that is introducing artificial intelligence to high school students --and, more specifically -- girls. The goal is to help high school students learn to use AI for good and to increase diversity and inclusion in computer science. In this new podcast episode, Tom talk with Executive Director Tess Posner.
A new book outlines what venture capital investor Ted Dintersmith found on a nation-wide tour promoting readiness for the innovation economy.
Tom shares three dozen STEM schools that are engaging students in design challenges and high-quality project-based learning, highlighting what makes these schools special and innovative.
George Saunders is arguably one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary American authors. In this post, I highlight some key insights he shared in a recent interview about how he teaches (and approaches his own) writing.
By Tom Vander Ark and Emily Liebtag. Collaboration is key to successful teams and projects. It is sometimes thought of as a "soft skill" but in high-performance organizations, collaboration is the result of the intentional design of culture, structure, and tools, and the cultivation of individual mindsets and skill sets.
Tom Vander Ark recently chatted with Supt. Of Meriden Public Schools, Mark Benigni about Meriden's shift to student-centered learning, more voice and choice through personalized learning and the creation of a highly collaborative leadership climate. Benigni also notes the 10 lessons that made him an EdWeek Leader to Learn From.