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October 13, 2015

Getting Smart Podcast | Santa Ana Unified School District

Santa Ana Unified School District serves a high need southern California community with three important innovations. In this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast we talk with Santa Ana USD's Deputy Superintendent David Haglund about the forward-learning work of the district and the Advanced Learning Academy.

September 29, 2015

Learner-Centered Vision Will Frame Next Generation Learning

Blending face-to-face and digital learning, the emerging vision suggests each learner should have a unique path and pace, progressing as they demonstrate mastery. Education Reimagined, outlines five elements of this emerging vision: Competency-based, personalization, learner agency, social embedding, and open-walled learning.

September 28, 2015

Innovative Blend Could be the Spark for South Africa

Located in between what a local school head called "up market apartments" in a converted five story office building in Johannesburg, SPARK Ferndale is an attractive and inviting facility on a tiny lot where every square meter is utilized. The first of four SPARK Schools serves 529 K-4 students in a flexible, blended model. Director of School Design Bailey Thomson was a Teach for America teacher at the original Rocketship school.

September 21, 2015

Corporate Support for Coding

Corporate support for coding is growing. This is the story of Grant Smith, who worked in Silicon Valley and who is now creating curricula, strategies and processes for teaching coding in Phoenix and Park City. It's great that Silicon Valley funders are pouring millions of dollars into learning-to-code organizations but ongoing professional development and supports are still needed.

August 24, 2015

Social Emotional Learning in Action: How a Leading District Responded to the Community's Clarion Call

Mary Ryerse, Director of Strategic Design at Getting Smart sits down with Paul Goren, Superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District in Evanston, IL to talk about Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Goren is a champion of SEL and believes SEL is important for students, educators and the Evanston-Skokie community. He shares examples of initiatives, his background in SEL and the response by parents in the shifting emphasis in SEL.

August 19, 2015

Ten Powerful Project-Based Learning Engagement Strategies

Powerful project-based learning experiences can be through ten strategies that includes the opportunity to create something of value, beauty and importance for the world can be captivating. Student engagement is vital for motivation, persistence, and deeper learning. In this blog we highlight strategies from leading educators, schools and districts.

August 17, 2015

Eight Ways Educators Help Parents Promote Powerful Learning

As we look to the new school year, we must recognize that parents have a strong desire to be advocates for their children, in partnership with teachers and EdLeaders. The path forward and beyond exists, and is inspired by over 60 parents represented in our new book. The reality that we live in an era of change is undeniable. Parents and educators should work together; learning that is student-centered is becoming infinitely more powerful when supported at home and at school.

August 11, 2015

Why Parents Should Support Student-Centered Learning

Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO of The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, shares personal stories, practical strategies and a framework for parents navigating the shift to student-centered learning. He also shares why Nellie Mae has chosen to partner with Getting Smart to tell parent stories in the new book, Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning. This book is a compelling call to action and a practical road map for any parent, guardian or educator and "is a must read for anyone who wants to engage young people in the process of their own learning," according to Nicholas.

August 07, 2015

How School Districts Work

School districts have a theory of action but don't or can't express exactly what it is. Naming the theories in use is the first step to designing a system of schools that serves a community well.

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.

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