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October 02, 2018

Learning Beyond Academics

Are social-emotional skills the precursors to the real work of academic learning, or are they important for students to learn in and of themselves?

August 29, 2018

Innovation Pathways: A Personalized Professional Development Approach

Learning should resemble a variety of unique threads -- passion, profession, innovation, and curiosity -- that make up the fabric of a holistic experience. To ask that educators create and maintain personalized pathways for students is to require that those same pathways are presented to educators.

July 18, 2018

The Nature Gap and High School Redesign

The 'nature gap' that today's urban and low-income students experience is, in fact, an opportunity gap--something that generates greater inequities in social, cultural, and physical capital. Intrepid Academy at Hale (IAH), a semester-long 11th grade expeditionary learning program created jointly by Hale and the Boston Public Schools (BPS), aims to change this, and it's showing promise in a variety of ways.

July 06, 2018

Educators as Change Agents at Mahar Regional School District

Teachers in Mahar Regional School District are leading a grassroots change effort to redesign learning, with the backing of the district's superintendent.

June 21, 2018

Beyond Academic Personalized Learning: Implementing Restorative Justice

For students to have a truly personalized learning experience, the philosophy has to become a part of the non-academic parts of their learning as well. Based on this, our schools have shifted to adopt a restorative justice model. Here's how we did it--and the positive results we're already seeing.

June 19, 2018

Behind the Curtain of Flex Time

With all the interest in innovative school models, many schools are creating "flex time" periods during the day for students to increase student agency. We at Silicon Schools Fund and Relay Graduate School of Education set out to understand what makes flex time periods work best and started with a deep dive on the topic.

June 04, 2018

Innovation in Real Time, Part III

Inspired to redesign learning experiences, leaders and educators share their perspectives on approaching innovation--and failing forward--following several revelatory training and brainstorming sessions.

May 25, 2018

Men of Character: The Vertus Preceptors

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, I spoke to Leigh, the CEO and co-founder, and James Daniels, the Lead Preceptor, at Vertus, an NGLC school in Rochester, NY,

May 22, 2018

How Performance-Based Assessments Designed by Student Interns Promote Interest-Based Skill Development

Rich and transformative learning experiences happen at home, in the community, and in workplaces. Here's how educators in one school are leveraging ePortfolios and digital badges to promote relevant skill development for student's coursework and future professional lives.

May 14, 2018

Scale: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

In education, we need to rethink scale and move beyond numbers in order to achieve profound and lasting change.

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