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August 21, 2014

4 Steps to Successfully Personalize Learning in Your School

There are certainly challenges in adopting personalized learning, but I believe the benefits are more compelling each day. Here are 4 critical steps when launching a personalized learning initiative.

August 20, 2014

How Schools Can Benefit from Personalized Learning—and Keep Data Safe

Data is necessary to adequately define and address student needs. How can a school protect student information and still benefit from personalizing instruction?

August 19, 2014

(Unintentionally) Ironic Blended-Learning Study Shows Principals How to Avoid Critical Mistake

The tendency to standardize content even permeates professional development for personalized learning. So how can principals give personalized learning a real chance to succeed?

August 18, 2014

How Schools Accidentally Undermine Their Personalized Learning

Differentiated learning is sorely needed, but sometimes personalized learning technology creates a gap--and a tension--between individual learning time and teacher-led instruction time.

August 15, 2014

One Cage-Buster's Approach to Fixing Education

Neither the Secretary of Education nor the NEA is the "bad guy," but both need to be willing to compromise. Where to start? I think we need a 2-year moratorium on the consequences associated with testing.

August 13, 2014

Making Miller Park Elementary School an Oasis of Hope and Excellence

Miller Park Elementary School sits in a high crime area of Omaha, but it is very successful academically. How does it succeed while others struggle?

August 12, 2014

Maddie vs. Michelle, Whoopi, and Campbell

Teachers, it's time we claimed moral authority - and professional responsibility - for evaluation and growing the profession. We have allowed evaluation to become a mess.

August 11, 2014

It's 'The Bad SYSTEM,' Not 'The Bad Teacher!'

The whole education system needs to be overhauled, from teacher preparation to evaluation to professional development. We have to stop making schools - and kids - sway in the political breeze.

August 08, 2014

Teacher Absence, Leading Indicators, and Trust

Research shows that teachers have the greatest school-based influence on student achievement. If teachers' presence matters so much, shouldn't we pay more attention to their absences?

August 06, 2014

Promoting Health Equity Through Education

Because academic achievement is linked to long-term health, implementing the Community Preventive Services Task Force's latest recommendations in minority or low-income communities will likely improve health equity.

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