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January 18, 2017

Shared Leadership for Deeper Learning

David Rattray, president of Unite LA, chats with Tom about workforce readiness, the need for continued lifelong learning and how schools must adapt to prepare young people for a new economy and a changing world.

July 26, 2016

Genius Loci: Place-Based Education & Why It Matters

We have set out on a journey with Nate McClennen and Teton Science Schools to learn more about Place-Based Education: what it is, why it works and who is doing it.

May 04, 2016

Motivating and Monitoring Performance: 6 Recommendations

We began this blog series asking the question "to leaderboard or not?" By looking at different types of performance monitoring, we've drawn the following six conclusions.

April 13, 2016

7 Traits of a Learner-Centered Teacher

We've spent the past several weeks getting to know Harmony Public Schools in Texas. We asked teachers what it means to be an educator in a learner-centered environment, and here are some of their responses.

December 07, 2015

School Hacks as Professional Learning: Transforming Schools, One Leader at a Time

School Retool is a professional development fellowship that helps school leaders redesign their school culture utilizing small experiments called "hacks." The Raikes Foundation, based in the Seattle area, is bringing School Retool to the Puget Sound in early 2016. Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply.

August 03, 2015

Leading Public Schools: 10 Roles You Probably Didn't Prepare for

After spending time with urban districts recently, we were reminded of the complexity of the work that superintendents are responsible for. We were also reminded how traditional education programs and development experiences do not prepare EdLeaders for their roles. In our recent paper, Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning we outlined 10 roles for today's EdLeaders. In this blog we share important emerging skills associated with these 10 roles.

April 27, 2015

Six Categories of Deeper Learning Skills for Education Leaders

According to Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise, education leaders must embrace and model deeper learning skills and encourage everyone within their organizations to do the same. In this blog, Karen describes the role that micro-credentials play when it comes to teacher expertise in deeper learning skills and ways education leaders can develop their skills in six different areas.

April 01, 2015

Students Ask Big Questions at Science Leadership Academy

Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia is transforming the opportunity set for 500 urban students, with an inquiry-based approach and an emphasis on technology.

March 16, 2015

What Should High School Graduates Know and Be Able to Do?

Districts can't rely solely on graduation requirements and state test scores as a proxy for quality education aims and measures. Students and community members deserve a more compelling and complete set of goals and metrics. It remains challenging to describe the aims and measures of a rigorous well-rounded education. Here are some examples of schools and districts setting the bar beyond basic reading, writing, and math.

February 04, 2015

To Use Their Minds Well: BASIS

BASIS is a high touch model that puts a premium on teaching talent and demands sustained leadership around a common conception of aims and means. It's a special place where young people learn to use their minds well.

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