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Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

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What Is Personalization, Really?

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

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Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

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What Doesn't Work When Evaluating Teachers

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Technology: A Connector of People and Ideas

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Reclaiming the Virtues of Teaching

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Infusing the Basics With the Spirit of Innovation

Your school can innovate without sacrificing the foundations of education by utilizing teachers' strong suits, embedding innovative practices, empowering students to lead, and engaging families.

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Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.

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Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction, but also clear goals, benchmarks, and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.

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3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice

How do you make sure educators have a place at the table? Learn these three steps that school and district leaders can take to ensure teacher voice is represented in decision-making.

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Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning

Because PBL is about more than learning content, PBL teachers should investigate and experiment with multi-model strategies for assessing their students' learning skills.

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Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

Video cameras in the classroom? Teachers gladly contribute to each other's PD in a culture of safe sharing, support for best efforts, and collaborative growth mindset.

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Student Voices Needed in School Reform

Students' voices belong in the dialogue about what does and doesn't work in their education. Consider incorporating their wants and needs into your school reform efforts.

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Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels is a system that categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis identifies the nature of grit, its necessity and value of grit in education, and ten ways of teaching students to develop their own grit.

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Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines visual literacy through the lens of the Common Core, suggesting a wealth of visual thinking routines to help students start thinking through, about and with pictures.

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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.

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Education Research Highlights From 2015

A look at the research that made an impact in 2015, from the benefits of well-designed classroom spaces to the neuroscience behind exercise and math ability.

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