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February 03, 2016

Making Human-Centered Systems Design Work in Education

While design and systems thinking hold promise for education, the challenge is that there is not one "user" for whom the design should fit, nor a single goal to be achieved.

January 21, 2016

Moving Through Deeper Learning at Your Own Pace

A Massachusetts school shows a way to design a structure to enable students to move at their own pace--and avoid the shame of falling behind--writes Kathleen Cushman.

January 08, 2016

Why 'Queen Bees and Wannabes' Is Not the Right Way to Think About Global Education

In this blog, Jal Mehta argues that the "follow the leaders" approach to educational comparisons is misguided, and offers a different perspective on what can be learned from global education.

November 30, 2015

Systems Thinking: Lessons From 'Over the Counter, Under the Radar'

A report about high-need students in New York City holds lessons for how schools and districts can think about the systems they create, writes Susan Fairchild of new Visions for Public Schools.

August 24, 2015

Trajectory Optimization: Building Better Pathways for Our Students

Teachers can design pathways that improve the arc of students' and schools' performance, says Susan Fairchild of New Visions for Public Schools.

May 15, 2015

How a Checklist Manifesto Can Take School Culture Deeper

A Massachusetts school builds a culture of learning and inclusiveness by consistently following procedures that produce good outcomes, writes Kathleen Cushman.

February 24, 2015

Never Give Up on Students: Schools Need 'Grit,' Too

Leaders of New Visions for Public Schools take the concept of "grit" and apply to it to schools, and show it is critical for success.

February 03, 2015

Culture First: Setting the Table for Deeper Learning

A Massachusetts school succeeds by "sweating the small stuff" and engaging students in authentic learning experiences.

July 18, 2014

Five Inconvenient Truths for Traditionalists

In the second of two posts, Jal Mehta argues that neither reformers nor traditionalists have all the answers in moving towards deeper learning for all. This post highlights five blind spots of traditionalists that he thinks are worthy of more open discussion.

July 16, 2014

Five Inconvenient Truths for Reformers

In the first of two posts, Jal Mehta argues that neither reformers nor traditionalists have all the answers in moving towards deeper learning for all. This post highlights five blind spots of reformers that he thinks are worthy of more open discussion.

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