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August 23, 2015

Great School Culture: It Starts With the Principal

I don't talk about my school much to my friends who work elsewhere in the district because it frustrates them. They want what I have, a great environment. Schools like mine can happen anywhere if principals begin to accept the huge role they play in setting the tone for a great culture.

July 29, 2015

Real-World Problem Solving in Designing an iPad Case (Video)

Steven Carpenter has his students experience the world of an engineer by giving them a real-world design problem: develop a new iPad case that meets the needs of teachers.

July 22, 2015

Video: Collaboration vs. Cooperative Learning

High school teacher David Olio emphasizes the difference between the multiple perspectives of collaboration and consensus-focused cooperative learning in his class.

July 08, 2015

Video: Evaluating Art Through Different Lenses

Los Angeles teacher Antoinette Pippen shows how she encourages reasoning skills and discipline-specific vocabulary to help her 5th graders in analyzing the scientific and artistic qualities of nature paintings.

June 23, 2015

Video: Document-Based Questions: Warm and Cool Feedback

High school history teacher Jennifer Wolfe leads her students through a peer-revision process called Warm and Cool feedback as a way of improving their understanding of their own written strengths and weaknesses.

June 18, 2015

School Relationships: What if We Got a Do-Over?

Schools are built on relationships and when they don't start off well, it can make for challenging and often adversarial times.

June 14, 2015

If School Is Not 'The Real World,' What Is It?

The real world is a place we exist in all the time unless we are down the rabbit hole with Alice. So treat the learning experience in school like it matters.

May 24, 2015

8 Essential Shifts That Made Year 13 Memorable

Since reflection is a huge part of learning, this time of year is a great time to review the experiences of the year and evaluate growth to implement change for the future. What did you learn this year and what would you change?

May 18, 2015

Jaime Casap Explains Why Global Competence Matters: It's Not Really a Small World

In education, we often talk about how it's critical it is to teach our students the "Four C's": communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. While I agree these are critical competencies our students should master, what we miss in this discussion is an emphasis on another very important C, global competency.

May 01, 2015

Districts Try Collaborative Approaches to Train Teachers in Common Core

A report from the Center for American Progress highlights six districts that are working teacher voices into the common-core implementation process.

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