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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.

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Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced

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Reimagining Classroom Walkthroughs

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Year One With a 3D Printer: 17 Tips

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

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Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced

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Best Education Podcasts

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Supporting Maker Education District-Wide

To effectively implement maker education in a school district, educators and administrators need to consider everything from mindset and methods to pedagogy and professional development.

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School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz

Once you've created a makerspace, create some excitement around it by engaging students with possibilities, supporting colleagues in exploring it, and innovatively using the space.

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21st-Century PD: Retention, Reflection, and Redistribution of Knowledge

With more focus on retaining information, reflecting, and redistributing new knowledge, teachers can foster the deeper level of professional learning that kids and communities deserve.

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Building the Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams

Why not encourage and inspire students in constructive engagement by building creative thinking into the very design and tools of their classroom environment?

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The Key to School Change: Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

Improvement requires change, which often means discomfort. Your school can edge out of its comfort zone by breaking down silos, taking risks, and shifting resources.

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Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the Edcamp model changed his professional focus, and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students and community.

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The Common Core and Digital Skills Development

The CCSS stresses the need to support digital skills development. Teachers can facilitate this by embracing multimedia, empowering writers, and being creative with technology tools.

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Free Resources and Tools for "Authentic" Assessment

New York's School of the Future shares their assessment plans and rubrics, classroom projects, schedules, web links, and other resources to help you implement "authentic" assessment today.

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Guest blogger Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, suggests a scientific approach to manageable homework: students should do it without interruption, and schools shouldn't assign too much of it.

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Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Implementing Common Core English in middle school is going to be a challenge. Here, blogger Matt Davis curates some of the best resources online that can help update existing content.

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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods

Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom. And now we have the research to prove it.

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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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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Tech staff developer and education author A.J. Juliani introduces 20% time, a variation on the traditional class schedule that allows students to follow their passions.

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STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 Is Key to Building a Strong Economy

John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum - and turning STEM into STEAM.

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