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December 22, 2017

A New Education Research-Practice Center: Early. Personal. Relevant.

The International Center for Educational Research and Practice aspires to address the challenge of "inter-sectionality of thought." Bringing research and practice together is the only way school districts and their communities can create the learning environments that will prepare today's students for tomorrow's future.

December 11, 2017

It Takes a Village: Community Partnerships for Real-World Learning

This edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning is the first of a two-part series about three school systems that are leveraging strong community partnerships to provide real-world learning to students in middle and high school.

November 27, 2017

Yes, We Can Define, Teach, and Assess Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is a thing. We can define it; we can teach it; and we can assess it.

November 27, 2017

Real-World Learning at the Workshop School

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, we spoke to Matt Riggan, co-founder of the Workshop School in Philadelphia.

November 21, 2017

Talent Cities: A New Public-Private Partnership for Middle School

In previous blog posts, we have provided an overview of the three brushstrokes that guide our work at Vista Unified. In this post, we focus on the third brushstroke, making a Relevant connection to the world of work.

November 13, 2017

Student-Centered: Empowering Señorita Maria as a Co-Creator

Through a visioning process, Trailblazer staff committed to designing experiences that were both interest-based and enriching for all learners.However, we were still missing one piece. Thanks to Maria, we found it.

November 03, 2017

More Than Instruction: Schools with the power to transform communities

When we opened Thrive Public School in San Diego five years ago, we knew we had the opportunity, and the responsibility, to create an intentionally diverse school. San Diego is one of the most diverse cities in the country. It is the American city with the highest number of refugees and also the fifth wealthiest. By joining a small but powerful movement of intentionally diverse schools, we could affect not only the students in our school but our community as a whole.

October 20, 2017

Mighty in Presence: The Teacher Innovator at Work

For this edition of Friday Focus: Practitioner's Guide to Next Gen Learning, we caught up with Christina, her principal, Kevin Gardner, and Scott Fuller, next generation learning coordinator for Colorado Springs School District 11, to talk about her work as a champion for innovation at Doherty, and the integral part she and other forward-thinking educators play in D11's implementation of next gen learning.

October 10, 2017

The Do's and Don'ts of Reimagining Middle School

Dr. LeViis Haney is reimagining school at Lovett Elementary in Chicago. And it's working. Over the past two years, Lovett has seen reading scores grow from the 73rd to the 98th percentile nationally and in math from the 34th to the 98th. Find out how.

October 04, 2017

How Self-Directed Field Studies Can Build Future Leaders

Self-Directed Field Studies are an essential aspect of the Montessori Elementary program. Students "go out" in small groups as an extension of their self-identified research topics and to gain experiences in the world outside the classroom. If children are able to accomplish such big, self-directed goals when they are eight- and nine-years-old, imagine what they are going to be doing when they are 20 and 30?

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