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What needs are emerging and being identified? How are forward-thinking educators meeting them? Follow the early adopters here.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Future Ready Schools

Education needs a new “north star,” one focused on creating world-class schools where students have agency, and the teachers are empowered to be entrepreneurs in the classroom. Watch this collection of videos to find out what it means to be a "Future Ready" school.

How Well Do Schools Communicate?

What's the current public attitude towards public schools? Anne O'Brien discusses the 2014 Gallup Poll findings and ponders positive ways the data can be used by teachers and schools.

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.

The Future of Learning

Beth Holland recalls the robot teacher from the Jetsons and updates that 1960s cartoon view of education's future to include customized learning, embedded technology, ongoing feedback - and human teachers.

Student Power!

If knowledge is power, and that power is now in the hands of students, shouldn't that change power relationships in schools?

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

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Exam Results - To post or not to post, that is the question...

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All Fun & Games? Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games

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Twitter Support for Educators and Parents

Guest blogger Joe Mazza presents two new initiatives - the #Nt2T chat and the Twitter 101 eCourse - designed to bring teachers, school leaders and parents into the communication- and information-rich Twitterverse.

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Tech Integration and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek fits together three of the puzzle pieces for a school-wide tech integration initiative: developing a trusting, open culture; embracing risk and innovation; and turning PD into exploratory, sharing experiences.

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Engagement and Impact: Design Thinking and the Arts

Youth arts program administrator and guest blogger Kim Dabbs describes an after-school program in which teens used design thinking to create a mobile app for engaging young people in revitalizing their city's core area.

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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.

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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Guest blogger and children's author Vincent Mastro uses Aesop's fables as a jumping-off point for teaching critical thinking when he asks young students 'what if?' and filters their answers through 'it depends.'

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Celebrate Educators on National Teacher Day

Blogger Matt Davis has put together a list of teacher appreciation blogs, resources and videos for National Teacher Day.

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Make Earth Day a Global Learning Day

Guest blogger Homa Tavangar identifies Earth Day as a celebration of global learning and offers collaborative STEM activities relating to water, climate and agriculture from diverse organizations such as NASA, iEARN and the Peace Corps.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Best Kickoff Videos

VideoAmy has collected a playlist of brief, compelling videos about education that can be used to start meetings with a bang and get everyone from parents to teachers engaged.

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A Primer on Curriculum-Sharing Sites

An overview of useful sites where educators sharing curriculum with other educators.

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Why Teachers Matter

George Lucas, filmmaker and GLEF founder, believes that even in this age of digital connectivity and instant access to information, we still need to recognize the importance of the human touch in education.

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms

Learn more about the challenges and benefits of flipped classrooms, where lectures are assigned as homework and hands-on learning happens in class, in this playlist of videos from VideoAmy.

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How the School of the Future Got It Right

This New York City middle and high school measures the full range of student ability through formative assessments, presentations, exhibitions, and tests -- and they put a strong focus on "authentic" tasks that are tied to the real world.

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