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

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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.

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.

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.


The Yearn to Learn

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Online Teacher Book Clubs: Promoting a Culture of Professional Development

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

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Students as Leaders of Their Learning

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It's Time to Start an Online Program

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Open Educational Resources Meet Instructional Design

To find the best OER, consider the skills you're teaching, how content aligns with standards, ease of assessment, and whether you'll provide an active, creative experience.

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Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD

Educators create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, bringing their admins on board with this new model.

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8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

Welcome to our blog series on how to apply the principles of positive youth development: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.

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Meshing GBL With PBL: Can It Work?

When planning a PBL unit, use GBL elements to teach 21st-century skills, as a modality for lesson content, to differentiate instruction, or with games as products.

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8 Free Apps and Web Tools for Staying Organized in the New Year

The human brain can organize only so much data. Tools like 30/30, Pocket, and Sunrise can boost your ability to stay informed, connected, and on time.

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New Things to Try in 2015

Instead of committing to New Year's resolutions this year, try for scalability with these strategy suggestions for the next five days, five weeks, and five months.

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Innovation: Significant Positive Change

Educational innovation means finding new, positive, impactful ways to rethink roles and responsibilities, create meaningful learning opportunities, and enable students to untangle complexity.

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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick takes a fresh look at innovation and breaks out the six conditions that must be in place for educational innovation.

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The Flipped Class: Formative Assessment

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: 5 Steps for Formative Assessment

With the five-step mastery check, flipped learning teachers can quickly determine who understands the work, who's struggling, and who hasn't even watched the video.

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The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

Reflection is critical to your continued growth as a teacher, whether you seek student feedback, leave yourself sticky notes, or blog your thoughts for colleagues.

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Transforming Education: The One Thing I'd Change in 2014

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar describes how engaging in authentic dialogue can strengthen school communities.

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Less Is More: The Value of a Teacher's Time

Teachers could become more effective with their students if they had more time outside of class for planning instruction and grading student work.

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David Thornburg on the Evolving Classroom (Big Thinkers Series)

David Thornburg on the Evolving Classroom (Big Thinkers Series)

The noted educational futurist describes his "holodeck" classroom -- an environment that supports project-based learning -- and makes the case for why the role of the teacher must change from lecturer to exploration guide.

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The Era of the Teacherpreneur

The teacherpreneur merges the image of the innovative classroom teacher with the risk-taking and entrepreneurial leadership we commonly associate with those who create their own place in the professional world.

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