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April 23, 2014

Digital Badges Have Revolutionary Potential

The digital badges that will be used in the Los Angeles summer learning program have revolutionary potential to extend learning, and what counts as learning.

April 21, 2014

Michelle Rhee and Jack Schneider: Sitting Down to Talk

Our aim in this dialogue is to move beyond the rhetoric (and counter- rhetoric) in an effort to restore some common ground for improving our schools.

April 18, 2014

No One Has a Monopoly on Deeper Learning

In this post, Jal Mehta begins to map the landscape of deeper learning. He argues that seeing progressive or project-based schools as "deeper" and "no excuses" schools as shallower is not the right way to see the world; both have strengths and weaknesses that are the inverse of one another. He also suggests that much deeper learning happens outside of core disciplinary classes in extra-curriculars and electives, because these spheres induct students into gradually deeper understandings of how their practices work. Implications for traditional schools and core disciplinary classes are also discussed.

April 15, 2014

Teeter-Totter: Ed Reform in 2.5 Minutes

School reform is hard for adults, but it's child's play. Introducing the teeter-totter theory. All you need to know in 2.5 minutes

April 15, 2014

Arne Duncan on the International Summit on the Teaching Profession

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan shares his report from the 4th International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

April 14, 2014

All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun

In this post, Sarah Fine asks why we see play as so central for young children and again for creative professional work, but treat high schools as play-free zones. She argues for why we should care about playful adolescence, and gives several examples of schools that are realizing these goals in practice.

April 09, 2014

The Neuroscience of Democracy

Is it possible that there's a neuroscience of democracy -- and that most modern school reform efforts are ignoring the implications of its central tenets? Sam Chaltain explores.

April 09, 2014

Excellence and Equity: Policy Lessons From Around the World

The theme of this year's International Summit on the Teaching Profession was "Excellence, Equity, and Inclusiveness" and addressed some high-priority questions for the participating countries including how can high-quality teachers be attracted to schools with the greatest needs? And what are the levers for improving equity in increasingly devolved education systems?

April 03, 2014

Lessons From Shanghai's Professional Learning System

Shanghai approached teacher professional development by building on tradition and adapting what they saw as the best ideas from other countries, including England, Finland, and the United States. Learn more.

April 02, 2014

How Do You Design a Great School (& A Great System)?

Too much of what passes for innovative thinking today is really just an effort to perfect our ability to succeed in a system that no longer serves our interests. But two recent articles light a different path -- on that might actually help us reimagine education for a changing world.

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