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August 01, 2014

Shifting the Mindset, a Conversation for the New School Year

What are you willing to do to shift the mindset in your classroom? What does learning mean to your students and how will you help them understand how to recognize achievement? Read on to learn one possible way to handle this discussion.

June 26, 2014

What's in a Grade?

David Cook from the Kentucky Department of Education talks about the importance of grading systems to ensure student mastery.

July 01, 2013

Considering Competency-Based Education

The shift from time to learning, from cohorts to competency, will be tough. It's not easy or superficial--it's a new and different way of organizing schools. It will probably take us a generation to fully embrace high common expectation, blended formats, and show what you know policies and practices.

May 28, 2013

Teachers Could Shift the Conversation About Assessment and Accountability

At the Mission Hill School in Boston, teachers decide which ways to assess their students, and why. Educator Kim Farris-Berg imagines what it would like like if all teachers across the country were similarly trusted.

October 26, 2012

Competency-Based Learning: 10 Elements, 10 Tools, & 10 Policies

A policymaker at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Virtual School Symposium (VSS) said, "We want to advance competency-based learning, what kind of bill should we introduce?" Let's start by looking at the 10 design elements of a competency-based system (an update of a May blog).

May 09, 2012

Hewlett Automated-Essay-Grader Winners Announced

The 11 contestants on the top three teams have backgrounds in particle physics, computer science, data analysis, and even foreign service work.

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